NEWS & UPDATES
Charity Partner - David Lloyd Club, Poole
28 October 2023
We are honoured to have been chosen as a charity partner by the David Lloyd Club Poole. They have already been kind enough to let us take over their creche and children's centre for the afternoon and they choose us to benefit from their member's quiz in October which raised a fab £150.
We are looking forward to continuing to work with the David Lloyd Club in the future.
Fun at High Mead Community Farm
23 October 2023
Our members had a fab time exploring High Mead Community Farm with a spooky Halloween Scavenger Hunt and lots of animal encounters.
High Mead Farm is a supported work environment for those with disabilities, they assist those suffering from mental health issues and those recovering from illness. They create purposeful roles within the Farm environment to bring a sense of well-being and self-worth that many have never experienced before.
High Mead is not open to the public and we are honoured that they give our group such a warm welcome when we visit.
Sponsored by Waitrose Winton: Parent Workshops
18 October 2023
Waitrose Winton have donated an amazing £500 to help us to launch our new series of Parent Workshops. These will be a combination of information and support sessions providing much needed access to key information and opportunities to build relationships with other parents which is an invaluable source of support.
On 18 October we hosted our first Information Workshop on Education, Health and Care Plans which was delivered by Eniko Kocsis, Children's Services Manager at The Rainbow Centre. It was an incredibly informative session providing key guidance on the process and common pitfalls when dealing with this complicated process.
New Term for the Downright Perfect Pre-Schoolers
13 October 2023
After the summer break our Pre-Schoolers groups are back up and running every other Monday at Trinity Methodist Church. Sor far this term we have already had soft play fun, been on an adventure with the Hungry Caterpillar and got spooky for Halloween.
Team Downright Perfect at the New Forest Marathon
10 September 2023
Our team of 7 walkers and runners who took on different challenges between 5k and a half marathon have raised an incredible £1,500 for Downright Perfect.
A huge thank you to the team and to everyone who has supported them.
A Grand Day Out
16 July 2023
Our Annual Day Out saw over 75 members, siblings and parents take a trip to Adventure Wonderland.
It was absolutely fantastic to see so many of our members exploring the park and having a fab time.
Events like this are only possible with the support of our generous donors to whom we are very grateful.
Sports Day at Pre-Schoolers
5 July 2023
It's the end of term for our Pre-Schoolers which can only mean one thing - Sports Day!
Our fab Pre-Schoolers had a fab time kicking, throwing, crawling and running with prizes and certificates for all.
Dear Zoo comes to Pre-Schoolers
5 June 2023
With the help of recent donations we have been able to purchase some new resources for our Pre-Schoolers group which runs every fortnight.
This week we had a fab time reading Dear Zoo together and exploring our new animal friends.
31 May 2023
Our Pre-Schoolers parents told us that they are keen to learn more sign language which is used as a communication aid whilst our children's speech is developing.
As a result of the kind donations received recently, we were able to purchase some Signalong resources for our parents to use whilst at our Pre-Schoolers Groups.
We are extremely grateful for all donations made that mean that we can provide the support our families ask us for.
Fun with Minky Moos Children's Entertainment
20 May 2023
Downright Perfect runs regular groups for Pre-Schoolers which normally run on a Monday morning. We are starting to organise some bonus sessions on a Saturday and were joined this week by Penny from Minky Moos Children's Entertainment who put on a fabulous 'under the sea' sensory session.
World Down's Syndrome Day Raffle
20 March 2023
Our raffle raised a huge £627 at our World Down's Syndrome Day.
Thank you for our amazing supporters who donated prizes and to everyone who purchased tickets on the day!
World Down's Syndrome Day
18 March 2023
We celebrated World Down's Syndrome Day in style with a joint party with our West Dorset friends, Shine21. We danced, played games, made balloon models, bounced on the bouncy castle, played in soft play and ate.
We were overwhelmed by the huge number of families who came to celebrate our amazing children with us.
Events like this bring our little community together ensuring that all our families know where they can turn to for help and advice.
THANK YOU - Tesco Kinson
1 March 2023
Downright Perfect was chosen to be the beneficiary of the book stall at Tesco's Kinson for January 2023.
We were absolutely delighted to receive a huge £402 raised and cannot thank Tesco's Kinson and their customers for supporting us.
11 December 2022
We are overwhelmed by the generosity of local businesses in response to our plea for raffle prizes for our Christmas party.
A HUGE THANK YOU to;
Haynes Motor Museum, Abbotsbury Swannery, Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf, Falmer Palmers, 2Riversmeet, Moors Valley, Longdown Adventure Farm, Swanage Railway, Tesco at Tower Park, Bournemouth Aviation Museum and Snowtrax.
A Downright Perfect Christmas Party!
11 December 2022
We have been Celebrating Christmas in style at our Christmas party.
We had a fantastic 39 children with their parents who enjoyed soft play, a buffet dinner, games and a visit from the man in red.
It was amazing to see so many people and we can't wait to see you all again in the New Year.
Pre-Schoolers Groups - Up and running!
12 September 2022
We are delighted to announce that, after having to stop due to Covid, our Pre-Schoolers Group is now up and running again!
The groups will run every 2 weeks during term time and take place at Trinity Methodist Church in Southbourne.
We will be arranging for professionals to come into the groups to give parents the opportunity to talk to experts including Physiotherapists, Speech & Language Therapists. Music Therapists and Portage workers from BCP.
Pre-Schoolers Sensory Bags
7 September 2022
There are certain toys loved by all little ones which are great for supporting development. We have put together packs of some of these toys which are available to every child who attends one of our Pre-Schoolers groups.
These have been put together with very kind donations from Lidl, who donated 50 net bags to put the packs in and Bournemouth Run, who have donated 50 foil blankets!
THANK YOU - LIDL
28 July 2022
We are absolutely delighted to announce that Lidl has donated an amazing
to Downright Perfect!
We are so extremely grateful for this amazing donation.
Lidl's South West team donates £999 each month to a charity and we are honoured that they have chosen us.
Car boot raises £171.14
3 July 2022
Our Treasurer, Gill Clark and volunteers Katherine Clark Sevilha and Deborah Clark raised a fabulous £171.14 selling items donated by friends and family.
Car boot sales are an excellent way to raise money. Let us know if you are interested in doing a car boot sale to support Downright Perfect and we can provide you with collection pots and anything else you need.
THANK YOU - Natalie Captures
6 August 2022
A massive thank you to Natalie Street, owner of Natalie Captures and Mum to Imogen who has very kindly donated discount vouchers for a newborn photoshoot to go into our Hospital Bags for new parents.
THANK YOU - Project Linus
29 June 2022
We would like to say a huge thank you to Project Linus for donating 25 handmade quilts for our hospital packs.
Project Linus UK is a volunteer organisation which provides a sense of security and comfort to babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new home made patchwork quilts and knitted blankets, and give volunteers across the UK the opportunity to contribute to their local community.
THANK YOU - Jojo Mamon Bebe
20 June 2022
We would like to give a HUGE thanks to the very kind staff at Jojo Maman Bebe who have donated 25 Jojo Bunnies to go in our new hospital packs. These packs are given out by local maternity units to new parents who have learnt that their child has Down's Syndrome. As well as signposting them to Downright Perfect, they provide some key information and goodies.
We hugely appreciate any donations of items to go in our hospital packs. Donated goodies from the community are such a wonderful way to show parents the support that is out there.