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Co-op Local Community Fund

We’re very excited to announce that Sunshine & Smiles and 21 Co. have been chosen to participate in this year’s Co-op Local Community Fund!

The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects across the UK, and once you’ve chosen Sunshine & Smiles as your charity to support, every time you buy selected Co-op branded products and services (remembering to use your membership card!), we'll receive a donation!

You can find out all about the Co-op Local Community Fund and how to use it to support Sunshine & Smiles here: 

We are linked to the following local Co-op stores…

  • Co-op Food: 132 Cardigan Rd, Headingley, Leeds LS6 1LU
  • Co-op Food: Leeds University Union, Lower ground, 2 Lifton Pl, Leeds LS2 9JZ
  • Co-op Funeralcare: 32 North Lane, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3HE


How we’re going to be using this funding 

Only 5.1% of adults with a learning disability are in paid work in England. We would like this to change. 

21 Co. offers paid work experience for 10 people with Down Syndrome at the moment, but we wish to create an employment pathway so we have a clear process of offering training and work experience. This would include building a portfolio of competencies and looking at things like creating a CV and practising interview skills. We will then be able to help people to move forward into other paid work opportunities. 

In the long term we would like to extend this model of working across the whole of Sunshine & Smiles to make sure we can offer this opportunity to as many people with Down Syndrome in Leeds as possible.

More news articles

Leeds Marathon - Thank you, Emily & Ben

17th May 2024

We’d like to give a huge thank you to Emily Drake and Ben Coulson, who both ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon last Sunday to raise money for Sunshine & Smiles!


Research: Transition from Mainstream Primary to Special Secondary School

17th May 2024

Sarah Magill is seeking to interview 8-12 parents/carers who have a child in Year 7 or 8 at a state special school but went to a mainstream primary school.


George Webster Talk

17th May 2024

At this special event, he will read excerpts from his books This is Me? And Why Not? And will talk about his life, his career and how we are all unique, all talented and special. 


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