Community

People with Down’s syndrome tell us they want to be active members of their communities, they want to be visible, valued and included. And we know they have so much to give!  Our local communities have been at the heart of the pandemic response and we know they are crucial to recovery and renewal, as we move forward.

When we ask adults with Down’s syndrome what would make their lives even better, they tell us they want to build friendships and have more opportunities to socialise. They want to be involved with activities and social events in their communities. Some people want to live in their own place, others want to work or to volunteer.  

In the continuing restrictions, life for people with Down’s syndrome has been especially tough as all adults with Down’s syndrome were moved onto the shielding list in November last year.  Levels of isolation and loneliness have grown.

And yet, people with Down’s syndrome have so much to offer as colleagues, friends, family members and neighbours and we want to make sure that everyone else can see this too.

If you work or volunteer in the community please consider how you can help people with Down’s syndrome become more visible, more valued, and more included.

Please #TakeAStepForward with us and join our campaign to help people with Down’s syndrome live their best lives in local communities all over Scotland.

Get in touch at takeastepforward.org.uk to discuss how you can get involved.

Our 4 Big Dreams

Employment

People with Down’s syndrome have an immense range of qualities and skills. And yet, only 7% of people with learning disabilities are in paid work. Let’s change that!

Health

People with Down’s syndrome have been hit hard by the pandemic. Before COVID-19 came along, we already knew that people with learning disabilities have a life expectancy 20 years lower than the general population. Let’s change that!

Transitions

COVID-19 has massively disrupted our school lives. The transition from school into adult life has become even more challenging for people with Down’s syndrome who already faced many hurdles. Let’s change that!

Community

Local communities have been at the heart of our response to the pandemic. People with Down’s syndrome want to be active members of their local communities, living well and independent. They are not as valued and included as they want to be. Let’s change that!