Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association is pleased to announce our exciting new partnership with Portsmouth University Eye Clinic. We have worked with the university eye team to create a package which we hope will suit the specific needs of our young people and older adult members with DS. This includes a fully comprehensive bespoke service offering longer more flexible appointments, friendly and quiet surroundings and expert advice with input from DS eye expert Maggie Woodhouse. We look forward to working in positive partnership with Ian, Daniel and the university team. Please contact Rachael for more information.
Fantastic to see our Vice-Chair, Ken Ross, featured in the society pages of the Guardian newspaper where he explains how the work of Portsmouth DSA and our film ‘Innocence’ @innocencefilm1 is helping to shape inclusion, challenge the narrative and create better opportunities for people with Down Syndrome. #PortsmouthDSA #RaisingAwareness #InclusionMatters
Great to see our T21 Challenge featured on the BBC. Big thanks to everyone who supported us!
Portsmouth DSA members and supporters raise over £40,000 by undertaking a huge variety of exciting challenges as featured in the Portsmouth News.
Our charity article promoting successful inclusion was featured in the national Times Educational Supplement during our Down Syndrome Awareness Week celebrations. We are proud to champion the inclusion of pupils with DS in the UK and currently support over 100 educational establishments and train thousands of professionals across the region. All our young people can learn with the right specialist support, helping them reach their full potential, enabling them to lead more independent lives and be valued and productive members of their communities. #InclusionMatters https://www.tes.com/news/down-syndrome-awareness-week-14-tips-inclusion
Trustees Rachael & Ken were invited along to the Shaping Portsmouth Guildhall Conference this morning where it was announced that Portsmouth DSA has been awarded the Shaping Education in Portsmouth Award for their outstanding contribution to education in the region! The award recognises the charity’s vast range of specialist educational services for children with DS including our flagship School Advisory Service championing inclusion in over 90 mainstream schools, and our positive impact on improving educational outcomes for children with DS. The award is a great accolade for our dedicated and hardworking team at PDSA, and all our families and supporters. We are very proud to have been honoured with this award. Thank you, Shaping Portsmouth!
Very proud to see our fantastic Chair Rachael Ross MBE presented with her Royal Honour today by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace for her Outstanding Services to Education & Down Syndrome. Rachael was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours list in June and was invited to the palace today for her formal investiture. Rachael has worked tirelessly for over 15 years to raise the profile of Down syndrome and to ensure that families have access to the specialist support they need. Please join us in congratulating Rachael on her amazing achievement which is so very well deserved.
Thank you to the Lord and Lady Mayoress of Portsmouth invited us for afternoon tea in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour yesterday to celebrate some of our wonderful achievements this term. They have been marvellous supporters of our charity over the past few years, and they enjoyed talking to our members and hearing about our activities. Thank you to you both for making us so welcome and for your continued support.
240 wildly excited shipmates, including the Lord Mayor & Lady Mayoress of Portsmouth, Rear Admiral Paul Marshall CBE, Cllrs Mason & Vernon Jackson CBE, Professor Sue Buckley OBE & PDSA families were piped aboard the historic HMS Warrior 1860 for our annual fundraising dinner yesterday evening, hosted by charity hosts Ken & Rachael Ross. Guests enjoyed a unique experience as they dined between the cannon on the atmospheric lower gun deck whilst belting out salty sea shanties. The interactive online auction was a catalyst for some frenzied bidding for a wealth of incredible lots including a luxury holiday in Bali, a stay on a 78ft motorboat & a private safari tour & lodge stay in amongst the lions! The evening raised much needed funds for the charity (total to be announced soon), and a wonderfully tipsy time was had by all! With special thanks to our generous guests and donors, our fabulous compere and celebrity auctioneer John Cameron, event organiser Helen Nelson, our wonderful entertainer Shep Woolley and his Andsom Cabinbouys, HMS Warrior & Vanilla Catering and everyone who helped make the evening a big success.
Lovely to meet you! It was great to welcome 18 students from King Edward VI School in Southampton on Friday to our Spooky Spectacular as part of our exciting young people’s partnership. The students teamed up with our teenagers for the first time to enjoy an evening of dancing and socialising, and it was wonderful to see them all getting on so well! This social initiative will continue over the academic year where students will be invited to our SGC teenage events where we hope they will build strong friendships and will culminate in an activity week hosted by KES School in August. Thank you to Mark Miller and the team from KES for coming along. It was lovely to meet you all, and we look forward to working with you in positive partnership over the academic year!
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