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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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


Charity Ball – 18 November 2016

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.


It’s this time of the year again!

We’re holding our annual fundraiser: a Ceilidh and Hog Roast on Saturday, 20 June 2015 from 5 to 9 pm at Dingestow Village Hall near Monmouth.

Please come along, bring your friends and family and join us for this fun evening for the whole family.


‘Promoting Positive Behaviour for a child with Down’s Syndrome’

Workshop on Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Llanover Village Hall, Llanover, near Abergavenny, NP7 9HB

9.30 – 11.30 Early years up to Key Stage 1

12.30 – 2.30 Key Stage 2 onwards

Course Outline
This training session will support parents and support staff to discuss issues around behaviour and explore strategies that will help them to promote positive behaviour in a child with Down’s syndrome. The session will adopt themes around communication and approaches to managing behaviour that will ensure consistency and a sense of stability for a child.
The course will be informal, using a variety of teaching methods. The course facilitator will also bring a variety of additional learning resources that provide further reading for those with a particular interest.
Participants will be encouraged to draw upon their own experiences and will have the opportunity to raise questions as they arise.

Course Content
1. The learning profile of a child with Down’s syndrome – learning strengths and learning weaknesses and how these affect behaviour
2. Language development and communication and impact on a behaviour management strategy
3. Developing independence and age appropriate behaviour
4. Encouraging friendships
5. Sources of additional support

Course Facilitator
Julian Hallett – Down’s Syndrome Association Wales Manager

Course Cost: £5

Please contact Katharina Barker by email: 21plus.k.barker@gmail.com to book your place.

Communication for Life Workshop

Meeting the communication challenges of teenage years and young adulthood

for professionals and families supporting children and young people with Down syndrome from age 9 to young adulthood

Wednesday, 3 December 2014
9.30 am to 4pm
at The Serennu Children’s Centre, Newport, NP10 9LY

Led by: Leela Baksi, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Symbol UK Ltd

Cost: £50 per professional (30 places available) and £20 per family member (16 places available).

If your child is moving towards puberty or is grappling with issues of adolescence and adulthood, and meeting communication challenges along the way, then this course is for you.
This course looks at the communication issues in the context of adolescence, a time of transition from childhood to adulthood. We will explore ideas and strategies that can support communication around key themes for teenagers and young adults, focusing on the strengths and challenges associated with Down syndrome.
We discuss developing skills for the teenage years and young adulthood, focusing on the nuts and bolts of speech, language and communication to build success in real life situations.

This course is designed for a mixed audience of parents and family members, Personal Assistants and befrienders, school and college staff including teaching assistants and teachers, and other practitioners including speech and language therapists. There will be opportunities to discuss issues and plans for individuals during workshop-style sessions.

Course outline:

Adolescence, young people who have Down syndrome, and communication skills: challenges and opportunities – What does research tell us about the communication skills of young people who have DS?

Living with communication impairment: common issues and what we can do about them
■ Key areas to address and strategies: learning words and achieving clearer speech; vocabulary, language scripts, grammar and narrative skills; personal presentation skills;
■ Too much/not enough talking! Self-talk, and selective mutism – why might it happen and what we can do about it.

Visual scaffolding to support thinking skills, and organisational skills and communication

Communication strategies for exploring issues of adolescence with young people who have Down syndrome
■ Who am I? Developing identity as a young person
■ What’s happening to me? Changing bodies and changing relationships
■ Taking a place in the adult world – Citizenship

To book a place, please email: victoria.21plus@gmail.com. Alternatively, contact Victoria on 07813877957 to discuss your booking.

When booking places, please provide:
• Your name and contact details
• Names and roles of people applying for places
• Age(s) of young people who have Down Syndrome that you support
• Name and address for invoicing. An invoice will be sent as confirmation of booking.

Symbol UK Ltd provides a range of services to people with learning disabilities including specialist speech and language therapy for people with Down syndrome, and have worked with the Down’s Syndrome Association as speech and language therapy advisors, Down Syndrome Education Trust, parent lead groups and schools, colleges and NHS services. See their website http://www.symboluk.co.uk for further details about what they offer.


Serennu Children’s Centre
Cwrt Camlas
High Cross
NP10 9LY
Tel: 01633 748000

There is a free car park at the venue.