T21 Friends

 

Eastbourne Down’s Syndrome

Support Group

Welcome to T21 Friends  

We are a group of families who are lucky enough to have amazing young children – all of us have a child who has Down’s Syndrome (Trisomy 21).  

We run a group where the children can play and the parents can get valuable emotional support and advice from each other, sharing our ideas and experiences.

We welcome all families expecting, or with, a child with Down’s Syndrome in Eastbourne and the surrounding areas.

What we offer

Therapy sessions

We offer regular speech and language, and physiotherapy sessions to our children.  These are much needed to supplement the limited NHS provision.

Group events

Bonding and friendships between our children is important, and ad-hoc group events support these. 

Social Meet Ups

We have regular social meet-ups.  These include bi-monthly family get togethers, ad-hoc meet-ups, and evening events just for parents.

Fundraising

We rely solely on donations to support our work, and hold fundraising events.  These are often social occasions, engaging the wider community.

Online Support

An active, parents only, facebook group provides a safe space for families to celebrate their children’s achievements, ask questions and provide support. 

Awareness raising

We work to increase awareness of Down’s Syndrome in the local area, and particularly with those that provide services for our children.

Are you expecting, or have a child with Down’s Syndrome?

If you live in Eastbourne and the surrounding area, and have been given a high-chance diagnosis in pregnancy, or have a baby or young child with Down’s Syndrome, you’re welcome to join our group, or just get in touch for a chat about our experiences of having a child with Down’s Syndrome.  

Support Us – Fundraising activities

Eastbourne's local lottery

Get the chance to win prizes of up to £25,000 for just £1 per week. Every ticket has a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize every week! 50% of all tickets sales goes to our group.

Dan's Beachy Head Marathon

Dad to Nell, Dan completed the Beachy Head Marathon to raise funds for our group.  He ran up and down 3,500ft of hills over 26.2 miles.  Wow!

Want to Fundraise?

We love it when members and their friends and family support us.  We can support you with publicity, social media content, leaflets and more. 

Thank you to everyone who supports T21 Friends. We really couldn’t do any of this without you!

Upcoming Events

Parent's Xmas Dinner

Saturday 30 November at 7.30pm, all parents welcome! A good opportunity to let your hair down and celebrate Christmas.

Family Meet-Ups

Held every other month at Embrace, Eastbourne, these regular family meet-ups are a great opportunity to socialise and eat cake, with music and signing for the kids.

Speech Therapy Group

Speech therapy groups, the first Thursday of each month.  

Under 3s: 12.30 – 13:30

3 yrs and over: 13:30 – 14:30

Little Kickers

Coming back soon… little-kickers just for our kids!  A very fun way for our kids to engage in sport, with thanks to Little Kickers Eastbourne for providing the sessions.

Physio for pre-walkers

Run by Rachel Pavey of Jump Physiotherapy, these relaxed physio groups are held as needed – usually every month or two.

Physio and OT for walkers

Run by Rachel Pavey of Jump Physiotherapy, and Paul Stanford (OT), these relaxed groups are held as needed – usually every couple of months. They work on building both gross and fine motor skills.

Details of all these events are found in our facebook group, or contact us by email for more details.