Christmas Party 2010

A big Thank you to all who came and supported the Firestation event we raised £1200

The next PROUD meeting is the Christmas Party on Sat 5th December which is being held at St.Thomas church ( please note change of venue from previous years )St.Thomas Close, Aldridge WS9 8SL
at 2pm – 4pm

If you do want to come to the christmas party, please can you email so we know for catering purposes and most importantly that Santa knows as he brings the presents!!! and we’d hate for children to come and be disappointed that santa forgot their present!!!

Calendar 2010 front page
We have now got our PROUD calendars available to buy. These will be available at the christmas party or if you want to buy them online you can go to the PROUD calendar website If for any reason ( apparently internet explorer uses may have ) the link to buy the calendar doesn’t work try this link, you may need to copy and paste it into your browser;_button_id=9736896

The next meeting will be in February which will be back at Leighswood Childrens Centre 2pm – 4pm We will have Ken Upton from Parent Partnership services on hand to advise about Statementing and other Educational needs you may have and also have a speech and Language therapist coming to run through the DownsED SEE AND LEARN programme which you can find out more about if you click here

BBC to film PROUD

PROUD meets today Sat 7th November at Leighswood Childrens Centre, Broadmeadow, Aldridge WS9 8FY 2pm – 4pm

Today we have got the BBC coming to film at PROUD as part of the Down’s syndrome Association lifeline charity appeal ( which will appear on BBC1 on Sunday 13th Dec at 4pm )

We have also got a Speech and Language session and also we have a visiting guest from Parent Partnership Services to tell you how they can help parents apply for childrens statements with education and help with schooling.

We look forward to seeing you there

As more people are finding out through testing about the diagnosis of Down’s syndrome we want to support the Down’s syndrome campaign “Tell it Right, Start it Right” that parents should be given more accurate and detailed information. See more about the petition here

Please go and look at some of our photo montages on the photos page as they portray that people with Down’s syndrome can and do lead full and rewarding lives. They do not suffer and for us personally our daughter is just a delight to have around.


Our next PROUD meeting is at Leighswood Childrens Centre, Broadmeadow, Aldridge 2pm – 4pm. We have a Speech and Language Therapist coming. We look forward to seeing you there.

PROUD are delighted to announce that they won 3rd PRIZE for the best dressed boat competition at Dudley’s Festival of Water and Light on Sunday 4th October. All the children that came along were treated to VIP food and drinks and watching the fireworks at the hotel terrace after the boat parade

pictures are below, our theme was “football”


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Dudley’s Festival of Water and Light is taking place on Sunday 4th October ( PLEASE NOT THERE IS NO PROUD MEETING ON SAT 3RD OCTOBER )at Merryhill Waterfront from 6pm onwards

PROUD is having a boat in the festival so come along and see our decorated boat


You can now help fundraise for PROUD by doing absolutely NOTHING!!! except make a phone call!!

PROUD have joined a scheme where you can save up to £800 a year on household bills and they donate money to PROUD

to sign up is easy Go to and it will take you to the website to give more details

ABBA charity night concert is this Friday 11th September at The Lazy Hill Pub, Walsall wood Road Aldridge. I hope that you can come and support 2 great causes St.Giles Hospice ( who take care of terminally ill cancer patients ) and PROUD

Tickets are £12 click here to buy ticket

( if you are on internet exlorer this link may not work for you so try this – you may have to copy and paste it into your browser;_button_id=8114913

or are available from The Lazy Hill Pub

Doors open at 8pm Fancy dress optional but there will be a prize for the best dressed ABBA costume

The Band Bootleg ABBA are the largest UK band and it will be a really good night of dancing and singing along to songs from “Mamma Mia” plus many others

We are promoting a charity concert where some of the proceeds will be going to PROUD and also to St.Giles Hospice

It will be an Abba night so please wear your best 70’s gear.

It is on Friday 11th September at 8pm at the Lazy Hill Pub in Aldridge. Tickets are £12.00 and can be purchased by clicking onto the link, using paypal ( please note you don’t have to have a paypal account to use this link just a credit card )

Please print the payment details off and bring with you as this will be your ticket

Click here to purchase ticket

PROUD CALENDAR – photos needed

OK I’m late this year in getting going but if you want your child with
Down’s syndrome to be featured in the PROUD Down’s syndrome calendar 2010
Please can you send your pics by MONDAY 13TH JULY

I need a MAXIMUM of 3 photos please ( only 1 photo will go in the calendar
so its up to you, you can send 1 photo, 2 photos or 3 but no more than 3
please for me to choose from ) and I guess it sounds obvious but obviously
I need the child with Down’s syndrome to be the main body of the photograph

Please can you send them in jpg form Please can you include in the email the
childs name, your name and put PROUD at the end of it ( it just helps with
the filing of them all and making sure when I check the calendar over for
the final time I can tick people off )

and can you email them to

Please note I can’t accept any professional pictures unless you have the
copyright to them

Here are the 12 categories to chose from that I need pictures for

1. child whispering to others
2. child hugging others
3. child climbing stairs or steps
4. child in glasses
5. child laughing
6. child working or doing some jobs in the house
7. child with trophy, medal, rosette, certificate or some other achievement
that you may think appropriate
8. child holding hands with others ( this can be siblings, parents, friends
grandparents etc )
9. child asleep
10. child travelling
11 child with family
12 child doing any sports pictures

Thanks once again for all your support. This calendar would not happen but
for the people who send me the wonderful photos of their children



This Saturday 4th July is our annual Summer trip and we are off to Twycross Zoo

We are meeting outside the entrance at 10.30am

If you want to come please can you email me and let me know and I can send you a booking form

This trip is free for registered PROUD members

PROUD will then be taking a summer break ( although we will be having an activity session at Walsall Art Gallery – we will post details of that once we get the date in August )

Our next PROUD meeting will be on Saturday 4th September which will be a BBQ so again please email me if you can come to that so we have an idea of how many people to cater for

PROUD meets on Saturday 6th June at 2pm – 4pm at Leighswood Childrens Centre, Broadmeadow, Aldridge WS9 8FY

We will have our speech and language therapist there

Also we are invited you to bring friends and family for cakes to celebrate the start of Down’s syndrome awareness week.

Watch GMTV on Monday for interviews with families of children with Down’s syndrome

It is our Summer Trip outing next month Saturday 4th July to Twycross Zoo

Please email me if you want to come and I will email you details and a booking form. Please note that this trip is free to PROUD members but you do need to book