Down Syndrome Association Finds a New Home at Last

Local charity Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association has announced its relocation to a purpose-designed new centre; a timely move as the charity sees an influx of new families seeking their support.

No one is more delighted than Charity Chairperson Rachael Ross MBE, “It’s a move that’s long overdue.  We have been searching for a suitable location for several years, and just as one materialised, COVID hit, so we were forced to cancel our plans. We were devastated at the time, but things have worked out well. Our new centre on Airport Service Road is an amazing hub for our community where we can host our events and therapy sessions, and we finally have the space we need to accommodate our growing membership, and to expand our specialist services.” 
The new centre boasts a large family room, therapy rooms, a large kitchen, and a sensory room which has been a big hit with families. The charity is still missing a few necessities including blinds and an extra-large TV screen for their teen evenings. If any local business can help, please get in touch.

The charity will be taking advantage of its new venue to launch their new exciting new initiative ‘Friends of Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association’.

Rachael says, “We’ve always had a great relationship with our community, and we are frequently contacted to ask how they best they might support us. We feel now is the right time celebrate this connection with our exciting new initiative. Individuals or businesses in the community who sign up to the scheme will be contacted as volunteer opportunities arise. This might include gardening, supporting a collection or helping with our parties and events for example, all on an ad hoc basis so no commitment required. Members will also receive a newsletter so they can keep up to date with all our news.” If you would like to know more about ‘Friends of Portsmouth DSA’ please contact the charity via their webpage

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