Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Trust Fundraising Officer Vacancy (maternity cover)

Trust Fundraising Officer (maternity cover)

Location: Teddington

£30,000 per annum pro rata (dependant on hours)

Contract Type: 6 month part time

Hours: 21-28 hours per week

We are looking for a highly motivated Trust Fundraiser with at least 3 years' experience to do 6 month maternity cover in a busy fundraising office starting mid/end October.

The successful candidate will have the ability to work independently within a team, have excellent communication skills and a proven track record of generating income from Trusts.

The job will consist of researching new trusts and grant making bodies and writing creative applications as well as managing new and current funders.

You will also need to have a good knowledge of Raisers Edge and have excellent time management skills.

If you are interested in applying please send your CV with a covering letter to Lesley Alabaf at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

DSA’s Response to the Care Act 2014 – Regulations and Guidance

The Department of Health consulted on the regulations and guidance on the recently passed Care Act (2014), which aims to reform social care law for adults and their carers. You can read the DSA's full response here

The DSA continues to monitor the Care Act, and we will update families with the government's response to the consultation

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Adam and Johnnie's Monster Marathon

Johnnie and Adam at the FinishOver the weekend of 19/20 July Johnnie Wraith and Adam Constable took part in the gruelling ultramarathon, The Carphone Warehouse Race to the Stones.  The 100km route follows the path of the iconic Ridgeway, a path first forged over 5,000 years ago and known as Britain's oldest road.

The dynamic duo completed the route in 17.5 hours and have raised well over £17,500 in sponsorship.

Over the past 10 years, Johnnie and his dedicated friends and family have raised in over £100,000 for the DSA and we are so incredibly grateful for their continued support - THANK YOU!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Statement in Response to Richard Dawkins Comments on Twitter

The Down's Syndrome Association statement in response to Richard Dawkins comments on Twitter regarding Down's syndrome.

People with Down's syndrome can and do live full and rewarding lives, they also make a valuable contribution to our society. At the Down's Syndrome Association, we do not believe Down's syndrome in itself should be a reason for termination, however, we realise that families must make their own choice. The DSA strives to ensure that all prospective parents are given accurate and up to date information about the condition and what life might be like today for someone with Down's syndrome.

Friday, 08 August 2014


During August, the helpline will be closed all day on Fridays.

The Helpline is open as normal Monday – Thursday, 10am – 4pm. If you have an urgent enquiry, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or we will return your call on Monday. The helpline will be open as normal from Monday – Friday in September. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.