Wednesday, 04 December 2013
On 9 December 2013, the Teddington headquarters the Down's Syndrome Association (DSA), will be completely transformed at no cost by Charity SOS – a new annual charitable initiative that rallies construction industry resources to make a positive change to the working environment of those who dedicate their lives to helping others. The project has been developed by leading workplace and design consultancy Morgan Lovell.
In order to allow Morgan Lovell to achieve their goal on Monday 9th December the DSA offices are currently being packed up in preparation for the refit, this does mean that we cannot calls and send out online orders during this time.
The Down's Syndrome Association Helpline will be closed from Thursday 5th December and will reopen to take calls on Tuesday 10th December at 10am.
All orders received from Thursday 5th December onwards will be despatched on Tuesday 10th December.
We thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.
Monday, 25 November 2013
A new research project at the University of Bristol will investigate the links between language and memory in children. This research aims to examine the factors that make language comprehension and production either easy or difficult for people with Down's syndrome and other conditions, and to suggest interventions to improve these individuals' language abilities in the future.
If you are aged between 16-18 and have Down's syndrome, OR If you have a son/daughter with aged 8 - 18 who has Down's syndrome then they may be able to be involved in this study.
The work will last approximately 90 minutes, including some breaks. If you take part you will play a number of
games. Some are designed to test your comprehension of certain language structures by asking you to act out certain verbal instructions with a series of objects. Others aim to test your production of language by showing you a situation and asking you to describe it. We will audio-record some of these sessions.
You can find out more about this and other research projects in our Research section.
Monday, 18 November 2013
Down's Syndrome Association have been chosen to get brand new workplace through new Charity SOS initiative.
Charity SOS is an annual project headed by Morgan Lovell, who believe that it's time to give something back to the unsung heroes who work for charities across the UK. The project challenges Morgan Lovell to completely redesign and fit out a charitable organisation's office for free, in one day.
This year the team at Morgan Lovell have chosen to resign the Down's Syndrome Association's national office in Teddington.
Watch the moment we received the good news from the Charity SOS Team
On 9 December 2013, the Teddington headquarters the Down's Syndrome Association (DSA), will be completely transformed in just one day and at no cost by Charity SOS – a new annual charitable initiative that rallies construction industry resources to make a positive change to the working environment of those who dedicate their lives to helping others. The project has been developed by leading workplace and design consultancy Morgan Lovell.
The big day will see up to 80 volunteers and DSA staff come together to strip out old fixtures and fittings, paint walls, lay new flooring, install state-of-the-art AV equipment and stunning designer furniture. The day will culminate with an exciting handover ceremony where DSA staff will get to see their new workplace for the first time.
The Down's Syndrome Association is the only charity in the UK to support people with Down's syndrome and their families at every stage of life. From the national office in Teddington, Middlesex and small regional offices in Northern Ireland and Wales, the staff of 36 manage a network of over 20,000 members and over 130 local support groups. The organisation was chosen as the first Charity SOS recipient because, despite its pivotal function, the national office has not been refurbished since DSA moved into the Langdon Down Centre in 2004.
Charity SOS is only possible because of the generosity of a host of Morgan Lovell suppliers and donors including Techo, Crown Paints, Orangebox, Forbo and many others, who have come forward to donate everything needed on the project from flooring, paint, AV and furniture to safety equipment, waste disposal, manpower and even catering on the day.
Adrian Welch, Sales Director from Techo UK comments:
Monica Parker, Head of Workplace Consultancy at Morgan Lovell. said,
To find our more about Charity SOS visit the official website
Monday, 18 November 2013
Christmas is rapidly approaching, we've got a fantastic selection of Christmas cards for you this year.
We have two options for this year:
Our personal range of cards - A fantastic range of festive favourites along with our DSA card, Christmas Reindeer, designed by the very artistic Zoe Wilton who also came second in this year's My Perspective competition!
All of our cards can be ordered ONLINE this year.
Friday, 08 November 2013
On the evening of Thursday 7th November, Damon Hill OBE hosted a charity event in aid of Down's Syndrome Association, Down Syndrome International, Boveridge House Trust and halow project at the glamorous ballroom of Claridge's Hotel in the heart of London.
The charities welcomed over 160 guests and delighted them with a personal insight into the man behind the public face. They were treated to an exploration of his early life and the driving force that led to his success in motor racing, resulting in him becoming the Formula One World Champion in 1996.
In 1989, Damon and Georgie Hill's first child Oliver was born with Down's syndrome. Damon and Georgie turned to the Down's Syndrome Association for help and information and have both been active and committed supporters ever since. Damon and Georgie are both patrons of the Down's Syndrome Association and Down Syndrome International. As Oliver has grown up they have also provided support and patronage to Boveridge House Trust and the halow project.
As well as "An Audience with Damon Hill", the evening hosted a charity auction presided over by Rupert Maas, from BBC's Antiques Roadshow. Enthusiastic bidding ensured that the "one of prizes" raised an impressive sum, which will be shared amongst the four charities represented.
Guest who attended the evening also included Kevin Kilbane, Dennis Wise, Roberto DiMateo, Kirsty Allsop, Queen's Roger Taylor and many more. Everyone enjoyed a fantastic evening, and felt it was a shame it had to end.
All four charities extend their most sincere thanks to Damon Hill and the organising committee without their time and generosity the evening would not have been such a great success.
Carol Boys, Chief Executive, Down's Syndrome Association,
An Audience with Damon Hill Organising Committee – Caroline Armstrong-Jones, Georgie Hill, Carol Boys, Patricia Masri, Miranda Rock, The Earl of Shaftesbury, John Shelton and Sue Stirling.
Grateful Thanks to – Richard Geoffrey – Dom Perigon, Rupert Maas, Adler, Mercesdes AMG Petronas, Red Bull
Racing, McLaren F1, Noble, Ian Buddin and RBS, Nick Jones, Griffe and Bentleys The Collection.
Information about the other three charities being supported -