Support Us : Julia and Hans Rausing Trust

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust has enabled us to keep supporting our members through the COVID-19 pandemic. They awarded us an incredibly generous grant from their Charity Survival Fund, which has meant that we can continue to adapt our services to meet the needs of our community.

Their help means we can continue to:

  • Respond quickly to the ever-changing need for accessible information for people who have Down’s syndrome. This includes new resources on novel information about new concepts such as social-distancing, hand hygiene, the wearing of facemasks etc.
  • Develop resources in other formats to support people who have Down’s syndrome e.g. Easy Read information and audio and film resources to support mental well-being 
  • Facilitate weekly ‘Our Voice’ sessions, where we connect individuals who have Down’s syndrome together in a group to provide peer-to-peer support and provide a platform for us to engage with the people who use our services.
  • Take the key messages that evolve from our direct work with people who have Down’s syndrome to feed-into our responses to important consultations from relevant Government departments and public bodies. This has been vital during the COVID-19 pandemic, as many policies have neglected to take into account the needs of people with a learning disability and following lobbying by the DSA have been refined to reflect our advice.

We are incredibly grateful for this help, which will enable us to continue supporting people who have Down’s syndrome and their families through this turbulent time.

If you are a Trustee of a Charitable Trust or Foundation and you would like to find out more about helping the DSA, please contact Sharon Gordon-Roberts Tel: 0333 121 2300 Email: sharon.gordon-roberts@downs-syndrome.org.uk

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