Harlow’s Upward with Downs given cash boost by Essex Community Foundation

Charity / Mon 28th Jun 2021 at 02:42pm

A FUNDING boost of £21,000 has been given to a charity to provide one-on-one speech therapy sessions for children with Down Syndrome reports the Epping Forest Guardian.

Upwards with Downs, which helps around 40 families across Essex and Hertfordshire, offers support and guidance to those with Down syndrome along with their families.

The grant has been awarded to Harlow-based organisation by the independent charitable trust Essex Community Foundation (ECF).

Peggy Slade, from Upwards with Downs said: “Every person with Down syndrome has some problems with communication due to their learning delay. If they cannot speak and be understood they can develop feelings of frustration, anger and anxiety.

“We are so grateful for this grant as speech therapy is vital to the wellbeing of our clients and knowing that we can provide this support over the next three years will take away a lot of worry.”

The speech therapy sessions will be provided in addition to NHS sessions, helping to give children confidence to communicate with their family and friends, and the outside world.

Upwards with Downs also runs a wide range of other activities including physiotherapy, drama classes, swimming lessons and monthly discos where families can socialise and make friends.

Caroline Taylor, chief executive of ECF, said: “We are very pleased to provide this funding over the next three years as we know that so many local families will benefit.”

For more information about ECF and to find out how to make an application for funding, please call the grants team on 01245 356018 or visit www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk

You can help charities like Upwards with Downs by supporting ECF’s Acorn Fund Challenge.

The Trust is appealing for donations and matching them on a two-to-one basis. This means that for every £2 received, ECF will add £1, and if Gift Aid can be claimed, it nearly doubles the value of donations.

Give online through: https://justgiving.com/campaign/ECFAcorn

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