Ups and Downs Southwest https://www.upsanddowns.net Down Syndrome Support Wed, 30 Sep 2020 11:24:12 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://www.upsanddowns.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/cropped-simply-alien-icon-32x32.png Ups and Downs Southwest https://www.upsanddowns.net 32 32 COVID-19 We are Doing our Bit in Somerset! https://www.upsanddowns.net/covid-19-we-are-doing-our-bit-in-somerset/ Tue, 22 Sep 2020 11:04:30 +0000 https://www.upsanddowns.net/?p=18665

COVID-19

We are Doing our Bit in Somerset!

With thanks to the Somerset Community Foundation and their COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

Within weeks of the national lockdown in March, the Somerset Community Fund pulled out all the stops to ensure funding became available to support those grassroots level organisations across Somerset to do their bit in helping the Somerset community survive and thrive during these testing times.

Thanks to two funding awards supported by Wessex Water and the latest, the National Emergencies Trust, we have been able to offer an intensive service to all our registered families and Somerset schools where there is a child who has Down Syndrome.

Our families have really appreciated being contacted individually over the last few months; as well as continuing to support with issues and concerns in relation to Down Syndrome, we have been on hand to discuss the other multiple mounting challenges which have arisen as a result of the pandemic.

Ensuring we are very much on hand for our Somerset schools, we hope we have made a difference in supporting schools to manage the new challenges as they welcome their SEN pupils back into what we know, are very testing circumstances.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Somerset Community Foundation, for their quick response in making this fund available. We feel we have been able to make a significant difference with this funding – a fence at the top of the cliff rather than the emergency services at the bottom!

Somerset Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund Grants

More information on our Coronavirus Response.

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Picnic in the Park Sherborne Youth Club https://www.upsanddowns.net/picnic-in-the-park-sherborne-youth-club/ Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:07:42 +0000 https://www.upsanddowns.net/?p=18607

Picnic in the Park

Sherborne Youth Club

 

 

Sherborne youth group enjoyed a socially distanced Picnic in the park on July 16th.

It was organised by their wonderful leader, Sandra Consalvey, and everyone was pleased to be able to come and meet up with their friends after so long in lockdown.

The weather was lovely and each family bought their own picnic and also enjoyed some treats provided by Sandra.

Picnic in the Park Sherborne Youth Club
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Bees with Catherine and Byron WSM Youth Club https://www.upsanddowns.net/bees-with-catherine-and-byron-wsm-youth-club/ Sat, 01 Aug 2020 07:38:53 +0000 https://www.upsanddowns.net/?p=18574

Bees with Catherine and Byron

Weston-super-Mare Youth Club

 

Weston-super-Mare Bees

During the COVID 19 shutdown, our Weston Super Mare group have stayed in touch and busy via zoom sessions. These have been run by our new team member Catherine, who has set challenges each week for the young people to complete.

One week they had activities about bees, and then Catherine was able to show them inside a real beehive kept by her partner Byron.

The session took them through her garden, and they were able to see all the different sections of the hive and the bees inside.

Catherine hopes the honey crop will be good this year so everyone can taste some when our sessions resume.

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Bee Keeping with Catherine and Byron

Byron examines a frame of bees

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Catherine in her sting proof bee suit 

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21 Up Challenge https://www.upsanddowns.net/21-up-challenge-ups-and-downs-southwest/ Mon, 20 Jul 2020 23:01:35 +0000 https://www.upsanddowns.net/?p=18461

21 Up Challenge

Fancy a challenge?

Could you raise £21 for us?

The Covid-19 situation has meant that many of our fundraising events have been cancelled this year and this leaves us without vital funds to commit to any Family Events in 2021 and beyond. We also recognise that in the coming month’s grants are going to be hard to obtain as money is directed to those in frontline services.

With this in mind, we are launching our 21 Up Challenge!!! This challenge is a twist which incorporates our 21 Up Team Challenge

What is the challenge: You choose a challenge which includes 21, here are some suggestions:

  • Walk/run 21 miles in the 21 days
  • Climb the stairs 21 times every day
  • Eat 21 cream crackers in 21 minutes
  • Carry 21 peas on a spoon around your garden 21 times!!

How much do I need to raise: £21 is the minimum target

How do I set up a fundraising page: Click here to set up either a JustGiving or Virgin Giving page

We encourage you to share on social media your fundraising page and challenge details with your friends and family using #21UpChallenge.

You can also let us know how you are doing on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

This challenge can be taken on by anyone, we just ask that you register your challenge so that we can see how you are getting on.

How do I register: Please complete the form below.

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Summer Holiday Activity Pack https://www.upsanddowns.net/summer-holiday-activity-pack/ Sat, 11 Jul 2020 06:12:32 +0000 https://www.upsanddowns.net/?p=18513

Summer Holiday Activity Pack

With the summer holidays nearly upon us and things being a ‘little different’ we are delighted to be able to offer 40 of our families a summer activity pack, kindly supported by the OneFamily Fund.

To be eligible for a pack your child or young person must have Down Syndrome, be registered on our database and live in an area of the Southwest that we support. not sure if you are eligible? Call us on 01278 691100 or email info@upsanddowns.net and we will check for you. 

To receive an activity pack please complete the form below. 

We will try our best to accommodate your choices, if we are unable to provide you with your selected choice we will contact you. 

Please note delivery may take between 2-3 weeks. 

The deadline for applying is the 27th July 2020. 

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Treasurer for Ups and Downs Southwest https://www.upsanddowns.net/treasurer-for-ups-and-downs-southwest/ Tue, 07 Jul 2020 11:19:03 +0000 https://www.upsanddowns.net/?p=18421

Treasurer for Ups and Downs Southwest

(Voluntary Position)

Treasurer

This is a prominent voluntary role within the charity as it strives to support more children and young people who have Down Syndrome. We advocate strong stewardship, value for money and making a real difference.

What will you be doing?

We employ a finance administrator who deals with the day to day financial tasks and payroll.  They also prepare the annual accounts ready for auditing.  The treasurer role is about having an overview and ensuring clarity for the board.

Treasurer for Ups and Downs Southwest

What are we looking for?

We seek someone with a strong background in finance able to support budget setting, monitoring, and reporting, financial strategic planning, willing to work alongside our paid finance assistant and assist in the preparation and presentation of our annual accounts.

 Be able to attend regular board meetings in Somerset and provide an up to date report with support from finance assistant.  Also, be willing to input to the strategic vision and direction of the charity and its services as a whole.

 For further information and to download an application form, click below. For an informal conversation about the role, please call Joanna Thorn, Director on 01278 691100

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They Came They Quizzed They Conquered https://www.upsanddowns.net/they-came-they-quizzed-they-conquered-barclays-ups-and-downs-virtual-quiz/ Mon, 06 Jul 2020 09:39:26 +0000 https://www.upsanddowns.net/?p=18359

They Came, They Quizzed, They Conquered

Barclays Virtual Quiz Night

 

Did you know that the national animal of Scotland is a unicorn?

Just one of the quizzical questions that came up during the Bridgwater Barclays Virtual Quiz Night, all in aid of Ups and Downs Southwest.

Supported by over 20 people across the Barclays network, their friends and family, we stormed our way through 8 rounds in total with questions from football to film, musicals to pictures of moustaches.  With prizes up for grabs, the competition was hot.

Through entry fees and additional on-line donations, some from our own families we support, the event raised a staggering £693.  Barclays Bank will now match fund this amount pound for pound bringing the total to £1386.

We are thrilled with the amount raised and would like to thank all the staff at the Bridgwater Barclays branch for choosing Ups and Downs Southwest to benefit and for giving up their time so freely to support this brilliant evening.

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Charity Film Awards Thank you https://www.upsanddowns.net/charity-film-awards-thank-you-ups-and-downs-southwest-2/ Fri, 24 Apr 2020 11:10:52 +0000 https://www.upsanddowns.net/?p=18229

Charity Film Awards Thank you.

 

Charity Film Awards Thank you – This Is Me Video

Thank you to everyone that took the time to vote for us in the Charity Film Awards, unfortunately, we didn’t win but our film has been viewed over 17,000 times, that is a lot of people we have been able to inspire. 

A massive thank you to Fascinating Rhythm and all the children/young people who took part in the film, you are all truly amazing.

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Fancy a Challenge https://www.upsanddowns.net/fancy-a-challenge-ups-and-downs-southwest/ Wed, 22 Apr 2020 16:18:20 +0000 https://www.upsanddowns.net/?p=18193

Fancy a Challenge

Fancy a challenge?

The 2.6 Challenge has been set up to help charities across the country survive the next few months as we adjust to the way the Covid-19 pandemic has affected us.

The cancellation of thousands of events and the loss of billions in income through fundraising events has meant that many charities have had to reduce or stop services at a time when they are needed the most. Our charity alone has had to cancel 5 events which would have raised much needed funds to pay for our family events.

What is the 2.6 Challenge?

From Sunday 26th April we are asking you to complete the 2.6 Challenge by participating in any activity you like using the number 26. For example, running 2.6 miles or skipping 26 times. For more information and ideas click here https://www.twopointsixchallenge.co.uk

You can take part no matter what your age or ability is, just remember to practise the social distancing rules. Once you have chosen your #TwoPointSixChallenge, head to the ‘donate or fundraise’ buttons and choose Ups and Downs Southwest as your chosen charity, make your donation and then complete your challenge.

We would LOVE to see your photos/videos of you completing your challenge.

Use the hashtags #TwoPointSixChallenge #Doyourthing #UDSW  You can share them on our Facebook and Twitter accounts or email them to michelle@upsanddowns.net for us to share.

We know that it is a really difficult time for everyone, any donation you are able to make will make a difference to us. This Saturday would have been our Easter party, why not donate the money you would have spent on refreshments and a raffle ticket to our cause.

Have fun completing the challenge and from all of us at Ups and Downs Southwest thank you for your support.

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Charity Film Awards Finalists! https://www.upsanddowns.net/charity-film-awards-finalists-ups-and-downs-southwest/ Thu, 09 Apr 2020 09:20:32 +0000 https://www.upsanddowns.net/?p=18137

Charity Film Awards Finalists!

 

Charity Film Awards Finalists – This Is Me Video

We are thrilled that with your support, our film ‘This is Me’ has made it all the way to the finals.

The film was made to mark and celebrate World Down Syndrome Awareness Day on 21st March 2019.  After several rounds of public voting and going up in front of the judging panel, we have made it through to the ‘Virtual’ live finalist awards evening.

The event will be streamed live across several platforms on Tuesday 21st April 2020 starting at 7 pm.  From 6:30 pm to 7 pm, we would love to see as many of our supporters watching the film again and voting by following this link: https://charityfilmawards.com/videos/this-is-me

Voting will remain open until 7:15 pm.

The event itself can be viewed here: www.charityfilmawards.com/live-stream

Or via Facebook and YouTube at:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/charityfilmawards/

YouTube – www.youtube.com/charityfilmawards

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A date for you Diary
Tuesday 21st April 7 pm
for the live streaming event.

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