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Take a Step Forward

Down's Syndrome Awareness Week 15 - 22 March 2020
World Down’s Syndrome Day Saturday 21st March 2020

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It’s the biggest DS Awareness Week ever, so Step Forward!

It’s the biggest Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week ever, so step forward!

This Awareness Week we are asking everyone to #TakeAStepForward and join us in celebrating the achievements of people with Down’s syndrome while also tackling the barriers that continue to make life difficult for everyone who has an extra chromosome.

By working together and sharing our knowledge, experience and expertise we can make sure that people with Down’s syndrome have genuine opportunities to reach their fullest potential.

To get involved or find out more:

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


This Awareness week you can get involved in one of our exciting fundraising events – Lots of Socks, Tea for 21 or 21 in 21. These 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

Get together with friends, family and colleagues and 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 Tea for 21 party with your friends and 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 yourself and raise vital funds for down’s Syndrome Scotland at the same time.

Our 4 Big Issues

This year we want to see great things happening for people with Down’s syndrome in Scotland. We are focusing on Employment, Health, Transitions and Community. Follow us for four big announcements during Awareness Week.

Why these topics? Read more here and follow our Awareness Week campaign to find out what we are planning and how you can help.


Read our latest updates from the campaign.

Awareness Week Collections in Tesco Stores

 On Saturday 21st March and Sunday 22nd March we will be holding bucket collections throughout the day in 7 Tesco stores.  Saturday, 21st March Perth, Crieff Road Kilmarnock Extra, West Shaw Street Falkirk Redding Road Sunday, 22nd March Inverurie, Harlow Road Musselburgh, Olivebank Road Ayr Extra, Whitletts Road Kilmarnock Extra, West Shaw Street  If you […]

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21 Songs in 21 Days

 Dave Patterson has signed up to take part in 21 in 21 in the lead up to Down’s Syndrome Awareness Day. Dave and his family are going to be signing 21 songs using Makaton in 21 day and posting the videos on his social media blog, ‘Down with Dad’.   You can follow Dave on […]

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Over 80 signed up for Lots of Socks already!

 61 schools, 14 companies, 2 families and 3 groups have now signed up to take part in Lots of Socks with the numbers still rising fast.   We are loving hearing your creative ideas for your Lots of Socks event, including the 1st Inverkeithing Boys Brigade who are planning to let their loud socks do […]

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Over 60 Schools and Companies Registered So Far!

So far we have had 51 schools register for Lots of Socks and 9 companies, including; Langlees Primary School, St Savious Primary and more!

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Meet the Stars of our video

The 5 stars of our launch video all attend our Achieving Better Communication (ABC) groups in Edinburgh. These workshops focus on speech development as well as support with non-verbal communication for babies through to teenagers.

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Follow Us

This year our Awareness Week is going to be bigger than ever. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like more information about how you can get involved we would love to hear from you.