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

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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


BBC article

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


Charity Ball, 18 November 2017

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.

21 Plus 2017 Ball Flyer IMPROVED.PNG

What is 21 Plus and what do we do?

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.

Sensory Processing Workshop

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

Sponsored abseil off St. Mary’s Priory Church,Monmouth

In conjunction with The Attik, 21 Plus friends and volunteers will be abseiling down St. Mary’s in Monmouth to raise funds on Saturday 17th October.

If you’d like to donate or participate, please visit our MyDonate page.

Annual Inclusion Conference – 2 October 2014

Inclusion of Children with Down’s Syndrome
Chepstow Racecourse
Chepstow, Monmouthshire NP16 6BE
Thursday, 2 October 2014

From 8.30 Enrolment and Coffee

9.00 Including children with Down’s Syndrome – An introduction to the learning profile and whole school planning:
Victoria Ralfs – Schools Advisory Service Lead, Ups and Downs Southwest

10.00 Coffee

10.30 Developing Literacy – Looking at language and communication and the development of reading and writing skills: Cecilie MacKinnon – Downsability

12.00 Lunch

12.45 Developing Numeracy Skills in Primary School – Using Numicon to develop concepts and mathematical thinking:
Cecilie MacKinnon
Promoting Age Appropriate Behaviour in Secondary School: Victoria Ralfs

13.45 Break

14.00 Developing Maths Skills in Secondary School – Developing mathematical skills for everyday living: Cecilie MacKinnon
Behaviour Management in Primary Schools: Victoria Ralfs

15.00 The Importance of Inclusion: Victoria Ralfs

15.30 Evaluation and Close

Please contact 21plus.k.barker@gmail.com for further details and a booking form.


2014 Ceilidh


We are holding our annual ceilidh for the whole family

on Saturday, 14 June 2014 from 5 – 9 pm.

It will again take place at Dingestow Village Hall in Dingestow, Monmouthshire.

There will be a hog roast and the Skirrid Ceilidh Band will be leading the dancing. We will have a licensed bar, sell cakes and hold a raffle.

Tickets are £10 for adults, £4 for children (under 16) and £25 for a family (2 adults and 2 children). The ticket price includes the hog roast.

All proceeds will go to 21 Plus (the local support group for families who have a child with Down’s Syndrome).

Please come along, bring your families, relatives, friends, colleagues and neighbours  and pass on this invitation!

For tickets please contact Victoria Hughes at victoria.21plus@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!


Lose the Label

Lose the Label

Lose the Label is a campaign to promote the use of person-first language. Thus, we refer to a “person with Down’s Syndrome”, rather than ” a Down’s Syndrome Person”.