This week, Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP) have been celebrating Learning Disability Week with a theme of art and creativity.
People with a learning disability are up to twice as likely to experience mental health problems, due to many factors such as discrimination and social isolation. Getting creative has been a way to stay connected and positive through the challenges of the last year.
PCP is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer and wants to go further to celebrate the incredible work of their project, Together 21 (T21).
T21 provides a wide range of fun learning activities to help children and young people, aged 0 – 17 with Down syndrome to develop key skills.
The activities provide the opportunity to build friendships within peer groups, as well as support their development in reaching their full potential. The group offers a chance for parents to get to know each other, providing a vital friendship and peer support network for families.
T21 was established in 2017 and currently supports around 50 children and young people with Down syndrome and their families who come to us from throughout the North East, through learning sessions, parent led support groups, and specialist support.
Core services include weekly, non-statutory educational development group sessions, which are specifically designed for children with Down syndrome. The sessions promote the social, motor, cognitive and language development of children with Down syndrome.
Parent feedback has been particularly important to shaping Together 21. Through the COVID-19 pandemic the group have been meeting virtually, whilst sharing incredible milestones and activities through social media.
The group are excited to reunite when restrictions are lifted to promote inclusive experiences for the children such as Makaton, singing and signing projects, parent gatherings, sports days, and family ‘Come and Share’ days.
T21 believes that all children have the ability to learn as early intervention is key to confidence. This is supported through T21 as many members join as newborns! The project strives to raise the profile, expectations and possibilities of children with Down syndrome within their family settings, as well as within local and school communities.
But most of all Together 21 is a family! Together we are stronger!