Spotlight on The Ups of Downs
The 2018 Leamington Business Awards is supporting two local charities, The Ups of Downs and Springfield Mind. In this update, we’re shining a spotlight on the Ups of Downs – a charity helping those with Downs Syndrome and their families.
In the summer of 2004 four babies with Down syndrome were born at Warwick Hospital. A year later Nicola Enoch, mum to Tom, started The Ups of Downs, initially a fortnightly group for babies with Down syndrome. Nicola took the Symbol co-worker course and attended the Down Syndrome Education International’s monthly Early Intervention Groups in Southsea and started putting ‘early development’ structure into the now weekly meetings. The group soon flourished as parents valued the importance of sharing information and experiences, and realised the benefits of focused early intervention activities for their babies and children. The rest, as they say, is history.
They are now a registered charity with four Trustees, all parents of a child with Down syndrome. They run weekly sessions for the different age groups; pre-school, primary and secondary school aged. Regular training courses for parents and professionals, termly twilight training for teaching professionals, socials and information sessions for parents and at every gathering parents are able to discuss the high points, issues and any challenges that they are encountering.
Based in Leamington Spa, The Ups of Downs has been celebrating Down syndrome in Warwickshire and surrounding counties for the last 12 years and works with more than 60 families. The children are aged from birth to 14 years and meet regularly with children of their own age to work on essential skills in a fun and engaging way. Their vision is to help create a world where people with Down syndrome live their lives to the max as fully included, valued members of society.
To learn more about the charity, visit their website here.