StepUP! in Victoria this October
Throughout October we StepUP! to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month. This is a time to celebrate, recognise and promote the skills, abilities and talents of people with Down syndrome. Funds raised allow Down Syndrome Victoria to continue working alongside people with Down syndrome to deliver services, programs and support, ensuring individuals reach their full potential and live the lives they choose.
We have four StepUP! events across Victoria this year: Melbourne, Bendigo, Geelong and Horsham.
There are multiple opportunities for you, friends, family and the wider community to get involved, including;
- Registering to attend a StepUP! event and walk with family and friends as we demonstrate acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome
- Setting up a fundraising page or making a donation
- Sharing this link through your social media accounts to promote a StepUP! event
There will be plenty of family entertainment and a BBQ on the day. You’re also welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy being part of a wonderful StepUP! event. We look forward to seeing you there!
About Down Syndrome Victoria
Down Syndrome Victoria (DSV) is Victoria’s state-wide peak organisation representing people with Down syndrome and their families. We are a membership based, not-for-profit organisation established in 1978 to provide support, information and resources to people with Down syndrome, their families and the broader community.
We work alongside people with Down syndrome and their families. Together we have supported thousands of individuals and families, and had a significant impact across the community, education, employment and health sectors. However, with approximately 3,500 people with Down syndrome across Victoria, there is more to be done to ensure the awareness and acceptance of people with Down syndrome continues to evolve, and no one is left behind.
Our services include:
- A staffed office offering personal assistance and information (Monday to Thursday - 9:30am to 4:30pm)
- Personal support for families: those who are new to the journey and those who have walked it for years
- New parent information and support. Our family support team provides support to all new families, including those who have received a prenatal diagnosis for Down syndrome
- Education Support Service, providing support and information for teachers who have a child with Down syndrome enrolled at their school
- A statewide network of support groups including Peer Support groups (Club21) for teenagers and adults with Down syndrome
- Training and information across all life stages for people with Down syndrome, parents, professionals, and other interested parties
- An Adult Support Coordinator working with individuals and their families, supporters and employers
- Systemic advocacy; working towards the full participation of people with Down syndrome in the economic and social life of the community
- Annual Family Fun Day, an event for families to meet and support each other
For more information about what we do, please visit our website here.