We know the secret to a happy marriage

Tommy and Maryanne Pilling say they know the secret to a happy marriage – “I love my Tommy, he is my husband. We do lots of things together and he is my best friend”. The couple have just celebrated 24 years of marriage and are thought to have been the first couple with Down’s syndrome […]

From the DSA – July 2019

by Carol Boys, Chief Executive 2019 is passing very quickly and as we are between issues of The Journal we thought we’d gather together some news that might not have yet reached you yet. DSActive: new sports and new tools to help people with Down’s syndrome lead active and healthy lives DSActive has been providing […]

New venue for Damon Hill Golf Classic

This year, the annual Damon Hill charity golf day will held at Exeter Golf and Country Club, winners of England’s ‘Most Welcoming Golf Club’ at the Golf Awards earlier this year. Former F1 Champion, Damon Hill OBE and Michael Caines MBE, are teaming up to host a day of golf, followed by a gala four-course […]

Blue Badge entitlement changes

Currently Those who received automatic entitlement to a blue badge because they were awarded DLA mobility under the SMI criteria, no longer automatically qualified for it once they moved to PIP because there was no criteria for behavioural issues. To qualify, people needed at least 8 points from the ‘moving around’ section. Many of our […]

Chance to go off-road with Land Rover

Are you mad about cars? Or do you know someone who is? Have you always wanted to drive and learn how to go off-road? Land Rover is working with the Down’s Syndrome Association to offer one person with Down’s syndrome the chance to get behind the wheel for an off-road drive at its flagship Eastnor Castle experience centre […]

Down2Earth – June Meeting

It was great to see everyone at Down2Earth this Sunday, we started the session by sharing our news. All of our members shared interesting things they had been doing such as going on holiday, going out for a meal and going to their favourite clubs and activities. The theme for this month’s meeting was social […]

Setting a World Record at the London Marathon

Marie Evans recently attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon dressed as DNA, inspired by her son Gabriel, who has Down’s syndrome. She tells us how it all happened… In 2013, the year before our wonderful son Gabriel was born, I ran the Edinburgh Marathon, taking 4 hours, 50 minutes. Upon […]

Statement following BBC’s Panorama investigation

The Down’s Syndrome Association is appalled and horrified following the BBC’s Panorama investigation into the treatment of people with learning disabilities at Whorlton Hall. Our Chief Executive Carol Boys said: “The way that we are treating people with a learning disability in the UK today is a national disgrace. We have not learnt any lessons […]