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


Press article in Monnow Voice and Abergavenny Focus in December 2010:

The Ceilidh for the whole family
Do you ever find that January feels like a bit of an anti-climax after all the excitement of Christmas? Do you feel that you could do with some fun to lift your spirits in January? If this sounds familiar here is an idea for a bit of fun in January: Come and join us for a Ceilidh and a hog roast in Dingestow Village Hall.
21 Plus is arranging a Ceilidh, Scottish dancing evening, for the whole family on Saturday, 22 January 2011. The Skirrid Ceilidh Band will play from 5 to 9 pm and get everybody dancing. Bring your whole family, friends and colleagues and make this an evening to really let your hair down. If you get tired from all the dancing refresh yourself at the fully licensed bar and fortify yourself with a hog roast.
Tickets cost £10 per person, £4 for under 16s and £25 for a family (two adults and two children), under 4s get in free.  The ticket prices include the hog roast. To book tickets please contact Victoria Hughes on: 07813 877 957 or email: victoria.21plus@gmail.com. There will be a raffle with some fantastic prices and all proceeds go to 21 Plus.

21 Plus is a support group for families who have children with Down’s syndrome in Monmouthshire, the Forest of Dean and surrounding areas.  It is called 21 Plus as children with Down’s Syndrome have one extra chromosome 21.   21 Plus enables families getting together to share information as well as their experiences and form lasting friendships.
21 Plus is committed to facilitate specialised training for professionals about Down’s syndrome, inclusion of children with Down’s Syndrome into schools and providing appropriate support for the children.


The following press release appeared in the Monmouthshire Beacon, the Monmouthshire Free Press and the Abergavenny Chronicle:

Down’s Syndrome support group celebrates first anniversary

A local support group for parents who have children with Down’s Syndrome has been active for one year. It is called 21 Plus as children with Down’s Syndrome have one extra chromosome 21.

It was started by Victoria Hughes from Raglan and Katharina Barker from Monmouth who both have a child with Down’s Syndrome as a coffee morning with just a few parents meeting up in December last year. Since then the group has been getting together every other month to share experiences, give advice and support as well as allowing the children to get to know each other.The children’s ages span from babies to teenagers.

Katharina said: “We are really pleased that we have been able to create a group which covers a wide area including the Forest of Dean, Monmouthshire and Newport as well as surrounding areas.We are always keen to hear from new families who are interested in joining us.”

This December, to mark its first anniversary, 21 Plus will hold a special Christmas party for the whole family including older and younger siblings with a visit from Father Christmas and a gift for each of the children.It will take place on 14 December 2008. There will be mince pies and mulled drinks for the parents.

For more information about 21 Plus please contact either Victoria or Katharina on 07910 012 579.

Further information:

  • ·For every 1,000 babies born, one will have Down’s syndrome.
  • ·About 750 babies with Down’s syndrome are born in the UK each year.
  • ·Down’s syndrome affects people of all ages, races, religious and economic situations.
  • ·It is estimated that there are around 60,000 people with Down’s syndrome living in the UK.
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