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.

Magnus's Many Musical Talents

Magnus Turpie is a musician from Edinburgh. He has been hit hard by lockdown, and with the withdrawal of his Day service, has spent 11 of the past 12 months at home and unable to connect with his friends and other musical pals at all, other than by Zoom. In spite of this difficult period […]

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Kids Rock 21 and Choir 21 Share their Hopes and Dreams

Kids Rock 21 is a group for pre-school and primary aged children lead by Katy Lironi. Over the last month, we have been talking about our favourite things to do and put together this song which they joined in helping sing and sign along. Choir 21 is our group for anyone over 10 to come […]

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Georgie's Stunning Landscapes

Georgie is 16 and has recently taken up art and painting as a hobby. Her mum Ann tells us a bit about Georgie and her paintings. Georgie often says “Oh wow!” when she sees a beautiful view. She took a photo of the sunset and wanted to paint it. Here’s a clip of her putting […]

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