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About Us

Upwards with Downs is a registered Charity based in Harlow. We offer support to adults and children with Down syndrome throughout Essex, Hertfordshire and adjoining counties. 

The charity was formed 2011 by parents of children with Down syndrome and we currently have over 90 families who attend our activities.



"Our mission is to ensure that all people with Down syndrome, whether they are children or adults, are well supported in order for them to reach their full potential in life"

Upwards with Downs provides various activities and services for our members such as;

  • 1-1 Speech and language therapy

  • Occupational therapy

  • Physiotherapy

  • Sign Language and Makaton Lessons

  • Pyjama Drama

  • Weekly preschool meet (Term time only)

  • Monthly music and drama sessions

  • Subsidised 1-2-1 Swimming Lessons

  • Regular Fun Swims for all ages

  • Dance Classes

  • Subsidised performing arts classes

  • Day Trips

  • Soft play Hire

  • Regular Disco's for people with Down Syndrome and their families

We still want to do more! Our next step is to provide information packs to local hospitals to help new parents and to provide training to professionals in order for them to be better informed when a baby is diagnosed with Down syndrome.

We also want to provide monthly weekend coffee mornings for all our families to meet and offer support and to provide support to our young adults during their transition from education into employment.

Activities like these help our members to progress and reach their full potential. Our monthly discos are for everyone with Down syndrome and their families and it provides a safe and fun environment for all our members, a place to socialise and make new friends.


If you would like to become a member please complete our membership form, which can be found by clicking here. Once completed return this to us via email to; 
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