Image of dancers who have Down's syndrome, with the heading "Down's Syndrome Awareness Week"

Image of dancers who have Down's syndrome, with the heading Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week 2023

Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week is a national campaign to help people to understand what life is like for people who have Down’s syndrome and to encourage society to become more inclusive in the way that they treat people with Down’s syndrome.

The theme this year is “With us not for us” which is something DanceSyndrome aims to put into practice every day through our inclusive dance work.Here are some examples of the different ways we do this:

Inclusive Participation – people of all abilities dance together in our sessions

Co-leadership – all of our sessions are co-led by a person with a learning disability and a professional Dance Artist

Changing perceptions of disability through high profile appearances – we go out to community events and support people with learning disabilities to demonstrate their skills and talents!

Performance work – we empower people with learning disabilities by pursuing high quality performance opportunities

Co-creation – we provide opportunities for people with learning disabilities to work with choreographers to co-create their own choreography

Inspiring speeches – people with learning disabilities are supported to give speeches to conference delegates to talk about living life with a disabilities

Throughout the week we will be sharing messages about inclusion and how we put that into practice through many different types of dance activity. Check us out and follow us on these social media platforms to keep up to date and please share our messages to spread the word about what we do!

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We’ve started the week with a video message from our Ambassador Giovanni Pernice:

As Giovanni explains, small charities like DanceSyndrome need financial support from members of the public to enable us to continue offering opportunities for people with learning disabilities that just don’t exist elsewhere. Throughout Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week, we will be running an online auction to help with fundraising. If you’d like to support our work and get something in return, we have some fabulous prizes from 5 top local visitor attractions. Click the links below to bid on the items:

2 tickets for Coronation Street The Tour

Family ticket for Thornton Hall Country Park, Skipton

Family ticket to watch Preston North End play at Deepdale

2 tickets for Try Curling at Barton Grange Garden Centre & The Flower Bowl

4 tickets to the Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool

Please bid generously and help us to raise vital funds for our work!

If you prefer to make a regular donation, there are many different ways you can support us.

  • Text – You can donate £10 by phone by texting DANCE to 70191
  • Facebook – If you make a donation via Facebook we receive 100% of the donation – there are no fees!
  • Just Giving – you can support our Just Giving campaign by donating or setting up your own fundraiser and encouraging your friends and family to support us too.
  • Online – You can donate directly using the form below:

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