Take a Step Forward

Take a Step Forward

Down's Syndrome Awareness Week 15 - 21 March 2021

World Down's Syndrome Day Sunday 21st March 2021


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Please help us achieve our four BIG dreams.

It’s been the toughest of years for the Down’s syndrome community in Scotland.

The pandemic has turned all our lives upside down and people with Down’s syndrome, their families and their carers, have been hit hard.  Although COVID-19 caused us to cancel many of our community fundraising events, last year and this year, we will not let it cancel our hopes and dreams for the future.

This year, 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 creating 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 may still not be able to physically get together with family, friends and colleagues to celebrate and support people with Down’s syndrome.

But there are still many ways that you can Take A Step Forward and get involved in shaping a brighter future – whether you set yourself a personal challenge or get together to put on a virtual fundraising event. Lots of Socks, Tea for 21 or 21 in 21 are great ways to have fun raising awareness and vital funds towards our work to support people with Down’s syndrome in Scotland.

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

This year, more than ever, 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 Gaining Meaningful EmploymentImproving Health OutcomesBetter Transition Planning and Living well in their Community.


Read our latest updates from the campaign.

33 Sign ups so far!

We are delighted to already have 33 people signed up to take part in Awareness Week 2021. We have 18 people taking on their own 21 in 21 challenge and 15 people signed up to take part in Lots of socks! A massive thank you to everyone who has signed up so far! Could you […]

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21 Miles on the Isle of Lewis

Thank you to Mairi and her son Ciaran who have chosen to Take a Step Forward with us and are planning their own 21 in 21 challenge. They are going to be walking 21 miles during Awareness Week on the beautiful Isle of Lewis, raising money for Down's Syndrome Scotland at the same time. Thank […]

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Falkirk Wheel to the Kelpies Walk

A massive thank you to Gareth, Caitlin and Euan who are all Taking A Step Forward by walking from the Falkirk Wheel to the Kelpies on World Down's Syndrome Day and raising funds for Down's Syndrome Scotland. If you would like to show your support, you can visit their JustGiving page here.

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