“The therapies, the people, the cake…it’s all fabulous! We’ve made lifelong friends through PSDS. It’s such a special charity and is so close to our hearts.”
We offer services for a range of age groups
We provide support from the start of a family’s often unexpected journey through each milestone – from baby to toddler to teen – and we don’t intend to stop there! Like the young people who access our services, we are ambitious and we have exciting future plans.
Sharing what we have learned
Developed from first-hand experience, our services help children and young people who have Down syndrome reach their full, individual potential. The support we offer benefits family members and professionals too.
We love bringing families together so they can share information and offer each other advice while their children play in an informal, relaxed setting. It’s how PSDS started and being with other families who “just get it” is still one of the most valuable services we provide.
Parents of new babies find our small-group coffee mornings a gentle introduction to PSDS and other new families.
Parties and more
There is always much to celebrate! Our Summer BBQ, Christmas Party and family days out are highlights of our social calendar.
For information about coffee mornings and social events for families, hit the button below.
Our early development groups for pre-schoolers are called “Digbies” (which stands for “developing individual growth by imaginative play, education and speech”). Weekly term-time sessions are enormously beneficial not only for the children attending, but also for parents and carers who experience new ways to encourage development in areas such as speech and communication, fine and gross motor skills, social interaction and, at the heart of everything we do, learning through play.
Interested in Digbies?
To find out more about how we help young children with Down syndrome get ready for starting school, just click below to send a message.
Working with our specialist educational advisor, we support schools by providing access to expert advice and training on specific topics including number skills, reading and writing, behaviour, social interaction, curriculum differentiation and inclusion. Regular network training sessions bring teaching staff together from different settings to share best practice and learn from each other.
Got a question for our school support team?
Use the link below to request details about school support.
Activities and clubs
Children in school years 1 – 6 are invited to join our very popular weekly Drama Club – where the focus is on FUN, whilst building confidence and learning key skills through games, dance and drama activities.
For older children and teenagers at secondary school and college, our fortnightly High5 Youth Club, in association with the YMCA, is a great place to meet and spend time with friends.
We also run Youth Communication Groups called 5Club for our older children and teenagers on a fortnightly basis in Surrey and West Sussex. Led by a highly experienced Speech and Language Therapist, 5Club sessions support the development of essential social and life skills, including building friendships, sharing ideas and opinions, listening to others and providing feedback.
Tell me more…
For details of our clubs & activities, click below to send an email.
What our families and supporters say…
“We can’t thank PSDS enough for helping Billy, socially and educationally. With the support of PSDS I know he will reach his full and wonderful potential.”
“This is the most relaxed I have seen Ross when joining a new activity. I think he feels very safe and accepted at PSDS. It’s lovely to see his self-confidence developing.”
“The PSDS drama club gives Annie the opportunity to learn new skills, gain confidence and express herself. It’s the highlight of her week. I find the contact with the other parents a great support too.”
“What Róisín learns at DIGBIES is invaluable. Spending time with her friends is great for her social skills too. It’s also an opportunity for me to have a chat with friends.”
“Matthew has found an amazing group of peers through his 5Club sessions. He looks forward to them and feels a sense of independence. I can’t thank PSDS enough.”
“PSDS has provided us with hope, support, understanding and, overall, what Raquel needs and deserves. We are forever grateful to PSDS.”