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Focus Groups

We would love to invite you to join one of our focus groups over the next few weeks. We have something for everyone! These are part of our ongoing consultation process and have a strong influence on the plans of Sunshine & Smiles moving forward. 

The groups will be held online via zoom from 7:30-9:00pm (except that for 16+ years who get a pizza party!). If the day or time of the group you are interested in doesn't suit you, Sue Hoey (our independant commmunity consultant) can arrange a time for a quick 1:1 online chat- just let us know. The dates of the groups are as follows:

  • Dual diagnosis of Down Syndrome and Autism Thursday 25th November
  • Baby and Preschool (0-4 years) Monday 29th November
  • People with heritages other than White European Tuesday 30th November
  • Primary School (4-10 years) Monday 6th December
  • Secondary School (10-18 years) Tuesday 7th December
  • Complex Health Needs Thursday 9th December
  • Age 16+* Thursday 16th December

*We are keen to speak to both parents and young people, so will be running groups for each at the same time (in different nearby locations).  There will be a pizza meet up for the young adults at 21 Co. (2 hour) and a 1.5 hour focus group for parents/carers at a nearby venue.

We would also like to get the views and feelings of the children we work with, so have enlisted the help of Jane Sinson- an educational psychologist with a particular interest in participation & decision making for people with learning difficulties. She will be at our cafe, 21 Co. on Sunday 28th November and Saturday 4th December, having 30 minute chats with children with Down Syndrome aged 8-16 years. Please do sign up for a slot with her, regardless of your child's level of communication- Jane will have picture resources etc. for all ages and developmental stages.

All the focus groups and individual chats can be booked here. If you have ANY queries, problems booking or want to chat to Sue at a different time, please don't hestitate to email us at or call/message Ailith (07725041601) or Tamsin (07768142577). 

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