Earlier this month Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group received the exciting news that we have been awarded a grant of £1946.95 from Wiltshire Community Foundation to continue to provide our new parent and school transition packs.
The arrival of a new born baby is supposed to be a joyous occasion but unfortunately sometimes the post-natal diagnosis of Down’s syndrome can over shadow the happy occasion. We want to congratulate new parents on the birth of their baby with our congratulation packs. The packs contain a congratulations card, a toy, a blanket, a cardigan, milestone cards plus books on early years development and experiences of other parents.
Last year we revamped our new parent packs, reducing the amount of information we share with new parents in one go, creating additional packs to be given at three, six and 12 months.
School transitions can be scary for most children but for those with Down syndrome it poses many more challenges. Our children don’t adapt easily to change, especially a change in routine. A new school involves a change of teacher, classmates and syllabus. Our school transition packs help tackle these challenges.
Cailey Whitcher, trustee of the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group said: “We are thrilled to have received support from Wiltshire Community Foundation, this project will allow us to support new mums and dads during those early days and help our young people transition smoothly to their new schools.”