Sparkles is also a support network for the families involved and past members.

We have a private Facebook page where our members can share information, ask for guidance, celebrate their childrens’ achievements or simply have a good chat!

We run events to bring Sparkles families together and help raise money. In past years we’ve organised family fun days out to Thomley Activity centre, a sponsored “Big Step Forward” walk and picnic and an evening fund-raising gala and auction.

Local Buckinghamshire support groups

We have close ties to local support groups. These offer regular meet-ups and wider social and recreational support for all ages and their families:

South Bucks Down’s Syndrome Group – supporting people with Down’s syndrome and their families and carers in the South Bucks area, providing friendship, support and activities for its members.

North Bucks Down’s Syndrome Group – a parent led support group for families, professionals and people with Down’s syndrome. Regular activities and meetings based in North Buckinghamshire.

This Way Up – an opportunity for parents/carers of new babies with Down’s syndrome and pre-schoolers to get together for talk and support. The group meet regularly in each others homes.

Sparkles Big Step Forward 2017