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Our Summer skiing lessons at Xscape, Braehead - in association with Disability Snowsport UK  - are going well - see the adventure sports club pictures and find out more.

Family day out - Kelburn Park

We went to Kelburn Country Park on 12th April -  view the slideshow.

Our adventure sports club is now open to all boys and girls aged 10 and over and their siblings. We go climbing, hillwalking, ski-ing, raft racing or caving every month. see the climbing and ski slideshow

Downswest held a party for 45 adults with DS and their partners at the House of an Art Lover in Glasgow on Friday 18th Jan: brilliant meal and great band -  slideshow

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Recent donations thanks

The Hilton In the Community Foundation - customers and staff of the Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor raised over 1000 - thanks!
And our member Martin Thompson raised 1,215 with his marvellous marathon efforts.

Last year the swimmers minibus and associated costs were funded by Kwik Fit Insurance Services www.Kwik-FitInsurance.com, who also supplied the team with T -shirts. Thanks!

Emma Young raised 260 with a sponsored 10 K run. Also the staff and customers of Greenock Telegraph, PO Box 12, Greenock who recently handed in their collecting tin with 51.71p. Edward McKillop  collected 40 from neighbours, pupils and teachers of his primary school, Caldercuilt primary, Glasgow, and thanks also - once again - to Amanda of the Hut Shop and her customers for their tremendous continuing support.

Help please!

Dear Supporter,  

We provide new parents right across the West of Scotland with information, advice and counselling following the birth of their child with Down's syndrome. We can also help with education issues and organise adventure sports for young people.

Our free social events are fairly legendary, from glitzy theatre trips to theme parks, we like to have fun! And many of our members are now adults with DS who make a valued contribution to their own communities in all kinds of amazing ways, from paid employment through to independent living. 

Please help with a donation or as a volunteer people with DS have the same dreams as everyone else, but they do have extra support needs and you can help them to achieve their full potential. We are not professional fundraisers just volunteers and we employ no staff, so every penny goes directly to support the children and adults with DS and their families.

Yours sincerely,

Liz Kay, Branch Treasurer

Do you have any good photos or stories to tell - why not send them in for publication?

Many thanks to all our supporters and donors, including: Pupils and teachers of Caldercuilt Primary, Glasgow; Cowan Print of Kilsyth, Accenture Foundation, Rangers and Celtic football clubs, Bernard Curran, Adamson Trust, the Hut Shop, The Hilton In the Community Foundation, Asda Foundation Asda Motherwell, Williamwood Golf Club (Ladies section), Rolls Royce (East Kilbride), North British Hotels Trust, JTH Charitable Trust, Glasgow City Council, Templeton Goodwill Trust, Baldernock Primary School, Peter Miller (estate), Marks and Spencers, the Angel Bar, Glasgow, Royal Bank of Scotland, NHS staff at the Primary Care Division of Forth Valley Health Board, Jessie Carrity, Mary Wood, Clare Jones and many other individuals and organisations.


Balamory

Balamory Set pictures and story


climbing
Climbing and ski slideshow


Christmas at Celtic park
Meeting Neil Lennon, Chief Chebe, and touring Celtic Park

Positively swimming

See the pictures and story of our great team success!

Picture:

Leighton(8) and Jordan (12) chill out on the summit of Ben Vorlich, 3,250 ft - full story

Ostomart:

New POPs reading scheme designed by a Scottish mum - recommended

Adapted clothing and equipment for your child

New rights for working carers

Carers UK research shows that a third of carers, not currently working, wanted to return to work if the right alternative care and flexible support was available.

  See:

www.carersuk.org

Winter 2007 Newsletter published

Just for dads -  fathers forum

SWIM NEWS 2007>More

BBC children in need video

Christmas party 2006 - pics

Safari Park .  pictures!

DISC service leaflet

Easter Party Photos 2004

Eileen's Badaguish photo story

Ibrox -  photo story

Links to other websites about DS

Newsletters:

Summer 2007

May 2007
Winter 2006
Nov 2005
Spring 2005  
Autumn 2004 
July 2004
Spring 2004

Parent and baby/toddler group

Poetry corner

Swimming 2006 - photos and story

Wills and Trusts for your child with a disability

Moving on to adult life resource pack