Vicky Bundy leads the Looking Up and Moving Forward Groups. Here she is pictured with her son Ewin.
Vicky & Bonnie (our CDSSG co ordinator who usually attends the Moving Forward season in the West) or another volunteer parent are always on hand for advice and support. We also welcome feedback, ideas and suggestions.
If you are interested in finding more about the groups we run please email Vicky at firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting our members
The Cornwall Down’s syndrome group has been in operation for well over 20 years and has gained a wealth of experience during this time. For new and existing families our strength lies in being informed of what current help and support might be available across the County for all aspects of day to day life.
It is vitally important to be able to access the right channels of information and to be aware of which services can help our members to ensure families are getting the most help available for their situation.
Our local support groups were started by parents for parents. They provide an area where families can not only discuss, meet others and share experiences but also relax, have fun and make new friends!
Due to the geography of the county it’s been quite a challenge to offer support groups around the County. However our goal is that members can easily access a group nearby to them. Indeed we are happy to start other groups around the County if there is enough demand.
Many of the groups have grown organically and may be more tailored for the different age groups however the priority of each group is for members to be able to access support. These groups can then offer support to all ages and indeed some do combine the Looking Up and Moving Forward groups. Members are welcome to come along for all or only part of a session. For more information regarding the groups please email Vicky at email@example.com.
For parents with children with Down’s Syndrome aged 0 – 5 years
We have a number of “Looking Up” playgroups who meet regularly in Cornwall. This is an ideal opportunity for families with young children to meet with others, share experiences and information and chat over a cup of tea whilst the children play.
The group is aimed at 0 – 5 year olds and has proven very helpful & supportive to new parents. Siblings are most welcome.
For parents with children with Down’s Syndrome aged 5+ years
We also run “Moving Forward” groups that offer a natural follow on support group for families with older children school age plus. The Moving Forward groups are aimed at families with children aged 5 years plus and siblings are welcome. This is an ideal opportunity for parents to meet and chat with others. Some sessions are run as mixed sessions to enable us to cover the County.
We are pro-active in sharing our knowledge and experience and we put on specific events to share information we have learned. A good example is a Numicon evening which offers people with Down’s syndrome a visual approach to learning maths.
These events offer great opportunities to be introduced to some of the resources which can be beneficial in supporting our youngsters learning.