Down’s Syndrome Scotland celebrate 30 years of support in Falkirk

Down's Syndrome Scotland Central Branch celebrate their 30th anniversay
Down's Syndrome Scotland Central Branch celebrate their 30th anniversay

A local group which provides support, advice and friendship to families affected by Down’s Syndrome has celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Down’s Syndrome Scotland’s Central Branch held a birthday party to mark the anniversary with services users and their families.

Chairwoman Irene Barr has been involved with the branch since it was formed in 1984. Her son Douglas (37) has Down’s Syndrome and the family lives in Falkirk.

She said: “The Central Branch formed not long after the national charity was established and I was at the first meeting.

“The branch has always been there for people with 
Down’s Syndrome and their families - providing advice, support and the chance to mix socially.”

The charity holds a fortnightly activities club at The Grange Centre in Redding Road, Brightons.

A broad range of ages attend - from babies up to people of middle-age. The club offers games, sports and computing with most service users coming along with family members.

Irene said: “There is a big emphasis on inclusion, families come together and can chat about their experiences over a cup of tea.

“The activities club actually started not long after the branch formed and was originally a computing club.

“Thanks to a donation from BP, we got one of those old BBC computers and for most people it was their only experience using a computer - hard to imagine now everyone has a computer for a phone.”

To mark the 30th anniversary, the charity celebrated with a disco, bouncy castle and games.

The branch also runs regular outings and party nights. For more information, call Down’s Syndrome Scotland head office on 0131 313 4225.