Sharing has always been part of our plan.
We are continuing our support for Down Syndrome Training and Support Service Ltd. The work they do has changed the lives of many children and young people with Down syndrome. They have done an amazing job over the last 5 years, reaching out to well over 400 families. In total 76 children have been through their early development groups and some have started school on a par with, or occasionally above, their peers. They have become known as a hub of expertise for professionals working with people affected by Down syndrome and people travel from all over the country to use their services- they have trained more than 4,000 people over this time.
Here is a link to their website: http://www.downsyndromebradford.com
If you’re interested, here’s a link to the charity’s new video so you can see some of what they do.
We are also working with COCO (Comrades of Children Overseas), an international children’s charity, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. COCO works with rural communities in East Africa, funding small, sustainable, community led initiatives to provide children with access to the education that is essential for a good start in life.
COCO is currently operating in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. Despite having just two full-time and two part-time members of staff, the charity has enjoyed considerable success. Graduates from one partner school, Hoja Secondary in Tanzania, have achieved the best results in their region for four consecutive years and the school is now able to cover its own running costs. COCO is working with 10 other communities to replicate this success.