Sunshine & Smiles is committed to running accessible & free sessions to encourage active and healthy lifestyles for children and young people who have Down syndrome.
We currently run sessions offering football, swimming, cricket, yoga and movement either fortnightly or monthly.
Giving People the Same Chances in Life
These sessions are run specifically for people with Down syndrome so they have experienced coaches and staff to ensure our young people can participate.
Often 'mainstream' sports sessions are not accessible for people with Down syndrome so we want to ensure everyone has an opportunity to enjoy and take part in a wide variety of activities in a safe and supportive environment.
Impact of Covid
Over the Covid pandemic fundraising and access to grants has become much more difficult and we are coming to the end of our last grant for our swimming sessions for example - but we want to keep these sessions running and we want them to be free for our families to keep our support as inclusive as possible.
Support Us To Develop
We would also like to expand our offer of sports activities over time but will need additional funding to recruit the right coaches, hire venues and buy any specific equipment. We are currently planning a running club, basketball sessions, cycling sessions and triathlon coaching.
How You Can Help
If you regularly access our sessions and would like to donate to our sports sessions crowd funder to help us to keep running them we would be incredibly grateful, or if you would like to donate because you believe in our cause and the work that we do your support would be very much appreciated.