A support group for families with children who have Down's Syndrome in Monmouthshire, the Forest of Dean and surrounding areas. Registered Charity No. 1142198

New Website

We have a new website, launched in time for Down’s Sydrome Awareness Day 2020, on March 21st.  This site will no longer be maintained, but will stay live for a while to aid continuity.  The new site can be found at https://21plus.org.uk



This wonderful video was produced for the St David Awards which took place at The Senedd in Cardiff on 23 March 2017. It gives a lovely introduction to 21 Plus and the work we do.

BBC article

This lovely article about our upcoming 10th anniversary appeared on the BBC website:


We’re so excited to announce the date for our next charity ball: Saturday, 18 November 2017.

We’ve managed to secure a bigger venue this year as there was a lot of interest last year and we are delighted to invite you and your friends and family to come along to Cwrt Bleddyn.

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St David Awards

We are extremely honoured to have been nominated for a St David Award. We are one of three finalists in the category “Citizenship”.

Read more here: http://stdavidawards.org.uk/2017-finalists/21-plus/?lang=en

Inclusion Conference 2016

Including Children with Down’s Syndrome
Thursday, 3rd November 2016
Chepstow Racecourse

8.30 – 9.00          Registration

9.00 – 10.30        Learning Profile
The importance of differentiation for successful inclusion
Vik Ralfs

10.30 – 11.00     Coffee

11.00 – 11.45     Inclusion in practice
Hayley Page, Deputy Head, Inclusion at Monmouth Comprehensive School

 11.45 – 13.00     Literacy
Differentiation across the curriculum and throughout school
Allison Powell

13.00 – 13.45     Lunch

 13.45 – 15.00     Numeracy
Teaching numeracy from tot to teen
Victoria Hughes – 21 Plus School Support Service

15.00 – 15.45     Promoting positive behaviour
Vik Ralfs and Allison Powell

15.45 – 16.00     Questions, evaluation and close

For all enquiries please contact Katharina Barker on 07910012579 or katharinabarker@gmail.com

21 Plus Dinner Dance

21 Plus Summer Camp

We are very pleased to announce that we will be running the second Symbol camp to be held in Wales from the 25th to 29th July 2016.

The camp is available for children and young people aged between 5 and 18 years (at the time of the camp).  The camp will be held each day from 9:30 until 3:30 at the Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9SW.   You can see details of the centre at www.sportwales.org.uk  Parents are asked to leave their children at the camp each day from Monday to Thursday; on Friday morning parents can meet the therapists for feedback, join the children for lunch and then participate with the children in their afternoon activity.  The cost of the camp is £200 per child.

All children will be encouraged to participate in a range of sporting activities each day and will be supported to do so by the coaches, our volunteers, the Symbol UK staff and by the camp organisers from 21 Plus.  Activities will include a selection of sports – Judo was especially popular last year and will feature again this year.  The children will participate in structured speech and language therapy activities both away from the main sporting activities and during them.

All children and young people will come away with a report and some ideas and targets for developing their communication skills. They will also come away with more confidence, new friends, new skills and some happy memories; something to talk about…

There will be information on all sporting activities and the clubs who run them so that if your child has particularly enjoyed it they may have the opportunity to continue after the camp.  Disability Sport Wales will be available for any help or advice needed.

The camp is not residential.  Should you need to stay closer to the venue there is some, basic, accommodation available at the Sport Centre which families can arrange directly with the centre, or there is a large selection of local hotels or B&Bs.

If you would like more information or would like to book a place, please contact Victoria Hughes at victoria.21plus@gmail.com or 07813877957.

Date: Friday, 6 May 2016

Venue: Llanover Village Hall, Llanover, NP7 9HB

This workshop will be delivered by The Whole Child Therapy Group based in London and is an introduction to sensory processing and how these issues impact on a child. This is a dynamic workshop that discusses and explores the experiences for a child with sensory processing difficulties. Providing insight into signs of sensory difficulties and beginning the discussion of providing a supportive environment at school.

This workshop is aimed at parents, carers, teachers, support staff and clinicians who are looking to understand how sensory processing disorders can effect so many of the children they know and work with.

Those attending the workshop will gain insight into how issues around sensory processing can make everyday functions difficult for children and start to explore ways to reduce the impact of these difficulties.

Learning outcomes:

  • To understand sensory processing and the impact on daily life
  • To understand the impact of sensory processing difficulties on learning
  • To provide a sensory lens to behaviour and engagement

Timetable for the day:

10:00 – Arrival and Registration

10:15 – Session 1

11:00 – Break

11:20 – Session 2

12:45 – Lunch

13:30 – Session 3

15:00 – Break

15:20 – Session 4 and Questions

17:00 – Finish

Workshop charge to professionals: £40

Charge to family members of children with Down’s syndrome: £10

Numicon Training Workshops

Monday, 18 January 2016 – Foundation and KS1

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 – KS2 onwards

9.00am – 3.00pm (Registration 9 – 9.30am)

Venue – K:04, K Block, Coleg Gwent, Usk Campus, Usk, NP15 1XJ

What is Numicon?
Numicon is a multi-sensory maths teaching programme using Numicon maths shapes in a series of practical teaching activities. The Maths Shapes give learners insight into number values and relationships in a way not provided by written numerals. Learners develop their own mental imagery as they combine and compare the shapes to do arithmetic in a series of practical activities.

Numicon’s visual, auditory and kinaesthetic approach appeals to different learning styles. Pupils learn through both seeing and feeling how Numicon patterns connect with each other. By physically manipulating Numicon to build constructions, make arrangements and patterns and play games using the feely bag, pupils will experience with both their hands and their eyes how numbers fit together. The powerful images can also open doors for children struggling with number, no matter how old they are.

Participants will actively work with Numicon during the workshops.

School teaching staff/professionals: £40 per person
Parents: £10 per person

Morning refreshments & lunch will be provided

Numbers are limited so please book as soon as possible to secure your place.

If you wish to book a place please contact Nicky Williams on 07824 612 364 or nickyxwilliams21plus@gmail.com