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Could recommend any Groups in Bristol It might be, a local toddler group with excellent SEN provision, or a parent support group they may not be specifically Down Syndrome related but have good support provision. 

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Rainbow Across Bristol

Rainbow Across Bristol

Rainbow Across Bristol

A stay-and-play group for preschool children
with additional needs and their families.

An opportunity for parents of children with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities to meet.
A space for children to socialise and explore with a variety of resources.
Time to have fun, playing and learning together

Monday @ Avonmouth Children’s Centre BS11 9LG
Helen Cottrell – 07825 315732

Wednesday @ Oldbury Court Children Centre BS16 2QS
Helen Millard – 07500 954106

Thursday @ Hartcliffe Children’s Centre BS13 0JW
Helen Cottrell – 07825 315732

All groups run from 9.30-11.30



Jigsaw Thornbury

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Jigsaw Thornbury

The group offers a range of events and socialising opportunities. They also offer training sessions and workshops for parents and carers. They loan out items such as weighted items, outdoor equipment and relaxation aids. A hugely successful cafe provides cakes and refreshments for our visitors.

They offer two drop-in support groups a week during the school term and a monthly Sensory lending library and cafe run by volunteers.

Website: Jigsaw Thornbury

Facebook: @jigsawthornbury

15/17 St Mary Street
BS35 2AB

Email: admin@jigsawthornbury.org.uk


Hengrove Play Park

Hengrove Playpark Bristol

Hengrove Play Park

Hengrove Park, Hengrove Way,
BS14 0HR

Playpark: inclusive settling sessions

Times: 9:30 am to 10:30 am, Thursdays and Sundays

Our inclusive settling sessions are for disabled children so they can enjoy all areas of the play park with their siblings and family.

To access the site, parent/carers must show their Bristol Register of Disabled Children Pink Card, or other local equivalent.

Website: Hengrove Play Park

Email: disabledchildren@bristol.gov.uk


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Start discovering! With over 60 pages of fun and brilliant ideas, exercises and activities that are disability-specific, covering everything from wheelchair games and core stability exercises to massage and music therapy, we’ve tried to create helpful resources that can be tried at home. 

For families that live in, or can access, Bristol and the surrounding areas, Gympanzees offer a website packed full of ideas for children with a whole spectrum of differences, including Down syndrome. There are 

  • exercises and activities online,
  • resources to borrow
  • on-line webinars with their therapists.
  • Music therapy

Website: Gympanzees

Gympanzees Lending Library

Bristol Down Syndrome Trust

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Bristol Down Syndrome Trust

A Bristol based charity providing speech and language therapy to children with Down Syndrome, building a supportive community of families, and helping our children to achieve their full potential.

The Bristol Down Syndrome Trust provides Speech and Language Therapy for children from the age of 18 months who have Down Syndrome. The therapy is provided in small groups of up to six children. Groups run every other week in school term time. The cost is £10 per session, payable termly in advance. There are typically 6 sessions in a term so the cost is £60/term.

Website: Bristol Down Syndrome Trust

Community Church
2 Albert Place
Henleaze Hall
Bristol BS9 4AF

Excellent speech and language provision delivered at a crucial time in a child’s life.


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