21 & Co is a parent run support group based around South West London and Surrey dedicated to giving support to families who have children and young people with Down's syndrome.
Our members meet regularly to share their experiences and give each other advice, support and friendship. New members are always welcome. So whether you have just had a baby with Down's syndrome or are new to the area or have an older child, please come along to our next event or contact us. We are here to help.
Charity Reg: 1149464
21 & Co is a registered charity run by parents, offering help and support to children with Down syndrome and their families in South West London, Surrey and surrounding areas.
Finding out that your child has Down syndrome can be a shock. More often than not, the best emotional support comes from meeting other families with children with Down syndrome and sharing their experiences. Having the support of other parents and carers will help you learn about Down syndrome and what having a child with Down syndrome will mean for your family.
That’s why we formed 21 & Co – to help children with Down syndrome but also their parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents and other family members and friends.
We work hard to promote the opportunities open to children with Down syndrome, provide early development resources like social communication therapy and increase awareness, acceptance and understanding of Down syndrome in the local community.
Our families meet regularly to share their stories and to give each other advice, support and friendship, while the children have fun and build their confidence in a stimulating environment.
To enhance the lives of the children so that they can reach their full potential.
To give help and support to new parents from the moment they learn their child has Down syndrome, (Pre or post natal).
To offer support and advice to parents, siblings, carers and friends of children with Down syndrome.
To increase awareness and understanding of Down syndrome within the local community.
Stay & Play
We get together on the first Thursday of each month from 1.15pm - 2.45pm at Norbiton Children's Centre to socialise and share information. Open to all our families, the stay & play afternoons are a friendly and relaxed way to meet other members of 21&Co while the children play in a stimulating environment. The centre is well equipped with toys, dressing up clothes and crafts. It also has a fantastic sensory room and a well-stocked and secure outdoor playground. The children have lots of fun. New families are always welcome.
Pre-School Speech & Language classes
One of our most important services are our Communication groups for our preschool children. These are run on Wednesday and Friday mornings at the Langdon Down Centre in Teddington and cover the ages of 1-4. The children are grouped by age in no more than 5 per class and follow exercises designed by the respected speech and language therapy body 'Symbol UK', specifically for children with Down Syndrome. These early intervension methods cover early speech sounds, choosing, matching, letter and word recognition, speech clarity, catergorising and sequencing. Parents or carers support their child throughout these classes. For more details please contact Tatty, firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Communication and Interaction groups
21&Co also offer after school Communication groups which are designed to develop communication and social interaction skills. Our trained therapists work closely with the children and use interactive exercises and games to support and encourage the development of the children's communication, speech and peer relationships. There are 4 groups per week on a Tuesday afternoon also at the Langdon Down Centre covering children aged 4-8. While the children are in their groups learning new communication skills, turn taking and making new friends, the parents have the chance to spend time together over coffee, while games and music entertain the siblings. For more information contact Louise, email@example.com
From about 7 – 8 years children can join our Drama groups. These have been a huge success and aim to build on the skills they’ve developed in their social communication groups. But most importantly, they’re an opportunity to maintain friendships. The Drama group runs on a Tuesday evening at 5pm at the Langdon Down Centre. The group works on a variety of dramatic techniques from experimenting with play to improvising everyday situations. From time to time the children put on a short performance for family and friends to showcase what they have been learning. Throughout the term the children will participate in group, pair and solo work using their voice, body language and facial expressions creatively. The drama group aims to create a relaxed environment where the children can express themselves freely. Contact Louise, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our youth club is open to children from 11+ and takes place on the last Friday of each month at St James Parish Church Hall in Hampton Hill. We provide a vibrant social setting for our young people, where they can hang out with friends, enjoy a variety of activities, including discos, games, crafts and more. Contact Louise, email@example.com
Talks and Workshops
Every year we work with Down Syndrome Education International and the Down's Syndrome Association to run sessions on a wide range of subjects, all based on scientific and practical research. These information days are open to parents, carers and professional.
Past subjects have included:
Planning for social inclusion and positive social behaviour
Speech, language and literacy
Developing literacy and handwriting skills
Activities to develop memory skills
Developing materials to support learning
Professionals group discussion and sharing best practice
Throughout the year we hold lots of social events to get everyone together, including family fun days, summer picnics, children's parties, pub quizzes, wine tastings and our fundraising ball which is held every 18 months. Click on the social events page to find out more.
A monthly weekend club for all families within 21&Co with a dedicated theme to each weekend event for the kids to enjoy, such as karate, dancing and soft play. We have designed the events so that there is also a chance for the parents to meet each other over a cuppa while their children are occupied and supervised by 21&Co members of staff! Click on the Club 21 page for future dates or contact Marie-Claire, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharing experiences is often a great way to help 'new parents' of a child with DS. Below some of our members have shared their experience / story. If you would like to share your story to help others, please email email@example.com (Click the image to read their full story)
|Alfie's story||"There are challenging moments, but it has made my life indescribably richer and fuller."|
|Amber's story||"She delights us with her cheeky sense of humour and delights her brother with all the tickles she gives him."|
|Blythe's story||"Having Blythe in our lives has enriched us as a family. If I knew then what I know now I wouldn’t have had a care in the world."|
|George's story||"We are a regular happy family who just get on with whatever life throws at us."|
|James' story||"James is adorable. He's made such a positive impact, not only on our lives, but also the lives of our friends and family. "|
|Toby's story||"Today Toby is a lively, very popular little boy and he has added so much to our family life. "|
Tatty Bowman, Mum to George aged 12. Tatty runs our preschool speech and language groups on Wednesday and Friday mornings. Tatty is also the New Parents' first contact' and support.
mob: 07785 761342
Louise Beattie Mum to Emma aged 10. Louise runs the Tuesday afternoon communication classes and the new parent support and information
Mark Bowman Dad to George aged 12
Mark is incharge of Finance and Fundraising
Flo Bance Mum to Ava aged 4.
Flo is the 21&Co Secretary and in charge of our fundraising activities
Laura Pescarmona, Mum to Alessandro, aged 3
Laura is in charge of setting up new ventures & fundraising events
A monthly weekend club for all families within 21&Co with a dedicated theme to each weekend event for the kids to enjoy, such as karate, dancing and soft play. We have designed the events so that there is also a chance for the parents to meet each other over a cuppa while their children are occupied and supervised by 21&Co members of staff! Contact Marie-Claire, firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Our youth club is open to children from 11+ and takes place on the last Friday of each month at St James Parish Church Hall in Hampton Hill. We provide a vibrant social setting for our young people, where they can hang out with friends, enjoy a variety of activities, including discos, games, crafts and more. The cost is £10 per session, (7pm - 9.30pm)
If you have a son or daughter, aged 11-18, who would like to come along please get in touch with the Youth Group Leader, Louise Beattie by email: email@example.com .There is an application process to complete to ensure that we are able to meet the needs of your son or daughter.
|Trolley Token: This fabulous 21&Co trolley token is a great addition to your keys. With the 21&Co logo on the front, and website details on the back, it'll also make a great gift for family & friends.
Priced at £2.50 each (free P&P)
|Wrist Band: Our wrist bands are a great comfortable fashion accessory and supports 21&Co. Why not order one now for all your friends. Two tone colours with the 21&Co theme, logo and strapline.
Priced at £2.00 each (free P&P)
|Our Merchendise is available in larger quantities for your local events. We can assist with 'banners' and even collection boxes if you wish to support / raise money for 21&Co at a local event or community gathering.
For all orders, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your requirements and detail on how to pay.