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How We Got Here

Stoke & Staffordshire Downs Syndrome Social Group was set up in 2016 by parents and husband and wife Julia and Michael Boardman. The aim of the group was to offer children like their son Max a safe, fun and sociable place to meet with other children who have Downs Syndrome and to create a “family” for the future where parents could support each other due to the lack of support locally for our children. We are very positive about Downs Syndrome and believe every child and person with Downs Syndrome should be given the opportunity to maximise and fulfill their true potential.  Our group has a wide ranging level of members who are all mutually supportive. New parents or carers are made to feel very welcome from the start.  We are working towards Charity registration and are currently affiliated to the Downs Association. During this time our group members have enjoyed such activities as Circus Skills, Sensory Yoga, Specialist Dance, Glow Sports. Also day trips to Geromino Festival, Winter Funland and recently memberships for National Trust, Peak Wildlife, and Trentham Gardens (due to Covid restrictions limiting group meet ups). The group also supports its families emotionally and advisory or by sign posting through connecting via the What’s app support group.

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