Take a Step Forward

Take a Step Forward

Down's Syndrome Awareness Week 21 - 27 March 2022

World Down's Syndrome Day Monday 21st March 2022


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Join us in celebrating 40 years of Down’s Syndrome Scotland by changing things for the better, once and for all, for everyone with Down's Syndrome living in Scotland

This year we are celebrating our 40th Anniversary. Society and its support for people with Down’s syndrome has come a long way in the last 40 years but, even today, people with Down’s syndrome still face inequality in many aspects of their lives. As part of our milestone 40th birthday celebration, we want to raise awareness and change things for the better for everyone with Down’s syndrome right across Scotland.

We want Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week to reach out to everyone in Scotland as we invite you to #TakeAStepForward and join us in celebrating the value and contribution of people with Down’s syndrome to Scottish life.  We still have a lot to do in tackling discrimination and prejudice if we are to create truly equal opportunities for everyone living with an extra chromosome.

Please join us and #TakeAStepForward for Down’s syndrome in Scotland.

To get involved and find out more, check out the rest of this website or:

Call: 0300 030 2121
Email: takeastepforward@dsscotland.org.uk


This Awareness Week we want you to join us along with your family, friends and colleagues to celebrate and support people with Down’s syndrome.

There are lots of ways that you can #TakeAStepForward and get involved in shaping a brighter future – whether you set yourself a personal challenge or get together to put on a fundraising event. Lots of Socks, Tea for 21 or 21 in 21 are great ways to have fun raising awareness and vital funds which help us support families and people with Down’s syndrome achieve their fullest potential.

Lots Of Socks

Wear your brightest, most eye-catching odd socks and have fun raising awareness and vital funds for Down’s Syndrome Scotland.

Tea for 21

What better way to celebrate Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week than over a cup of tea…and a slice of cake. Celebrate by hosting a virtual Tea for 21 party with your friends or colleagues and raise money for Down’s Syndrome Scotland.

21 in 21

21 in 21 is your challenge to make your own. Whether it’s walking a mile a day for 21 days with the family, doing 21 press ups or taking on a bigger challenge of cycling 21 miles in one day. Why not give yourself a challenge and raise vital funds for Down’s Syndrome Scotland at the same time.

Our 4 Big Dreams

In our 40th year we want to help everyone living with an extra chromosome to achieve their fullest potential.

We want you to join us and #TakeAStepForward for people with Down’s syndrome in Scotland so that we can help them realise their four BIG dreams.

Their dreams focus on getting a good job, becoming more healthy, having a great plan for when they leave school and living well in their local community.


Read our latest updates from the campaign.

Lots of Socks Colouring

Want to design your own pair of colourful odd socks? We would love to see all your creative designs and colouring. You can download a template below to colour in your own pair of socks! Be sure to send your pictures to us at takeastepforward@dsscotland.org.uk or post them on social media and tag us @DSScotland!

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