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Free books for all from Sunshine and Smiles!

Published: 10th July 2013 11:44

Sunshine and Smiles - Leeds Down Syndrome Network present:

The first Time in The UK -  the inaugural  - "Great Charity Book Giveaway"  

To be opened by Richard McCann - international, No 1 best selling author - brought up in Leeds less than 1 mile from the book giveaway venue. Richard will also be donating a number of copies of his book that he will be signing on the day!

Saturday 13th July 2013 10am-4pm Queens Hall, 294 Harrogate Road, LS17 6LE

Free Books for All      

Choose from the thousands of books on offer

Admission by voluntary contribution

Raising Funds for Sunshine and Smiles -Leeds Down Syndrome Network

This event will only be a success if people attend in numbers, please help to inform them.

For further information please contact;

Ailith Harley-Roberts

Tel: 0113 2268457 Mob: 07902054355

Email: sunshineandsmiles@virginmedia.com


The Event

We have over 2,500 books which have been donated by a local online bookseller, a local auction house and many friends and family!!

There is a rich choice of books for both adults and children.

There will be Cakes and Refreshments for sale on the day.

Please bring your own bags to take your books away.

Doors open at 10am

More about Sunshine and Smiles

The support network is entirely funded by grants and donations and is run by volunteers and is part of the Leeds Short Breaks Partnership.

Sunshine and Smiles are raising funds in order to be able to continue to provide the support and service that it gives to the parents, carers and families who have a child or young person with Down Syndrome in Leeds, vital support, that is not otherwise available locally. 

Current plans include physiotherapy sessions, speech and language sessions, early developmental support groups and one to one support for families with a new baby who has Down Syndrome.

In March 2010, having met at an NHS care pathway meeting, three parents who have children with Down Syndrome realised that there wasn't a specific support network for families who have a child or young person with Down Syndrome in Leeds and they decided that it would be great if they could set something up to offer advice, support, activities and friendship for children and their families.

Initially they set up a Facebook group and got in touch with other parents. They then developed a small committee and started to look around for a suitable venue to run some group sessions.

They started running their first group sessions in September 2011 and now meet at Stainbeck Community Hall every other Monday and on monthly Saturday afternoons.

They have activities for children; musical instruments, tactile play, water play, painting, singing and signing... siblings are welcome too! And they have regular guest speakers.

Tea, coffee, juice and other refreshments are also available.

Other activities they have provided are: picnics and play at local parks, trips out to the Donkey Sanctuary, Sensory Leeds and Soft Play Centres.

There is no other specific support group or network in Leeds for children and young people with Down Syndrome and their families.



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