DNews May 2016
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National Volunteer Week
In honour of National Volunteer Week, we want to take a moment to appreciate our wonderful DSV Volunteers. Thanks to each and every one of you who generously donate your time to support Club 21 activities, Family Fun Day and Step Up. 
Kade Simpson's 250th game 
Kade Simpson, Carlton Veteran Football player and Down Syndrome Victoria Ambassador, will play his 250th game this Sunday 15th May at Etihad Stadium, when the Blues meet Port Power. Kade is in his 14th season of AFL, and having last week celebrated his 32nd birthday, he is still fit and many think he could go on to play his 300th game. Kade has been a great supporter of Down Syndrome Victoria over the past 3 years as our Ambassador and we wish him continued success in his football career and congratulations on achieving this amazing milestone.

Family Workshop
Transition to Secondary
31st May


An evening of information and discussion to help families make informed choices during this important transition stage of their child's education.

RSVP by the 24th May to guarantee your place! 

Click here for more details and to complete a booking form.
World Down Syndrome Day 2016

3 year old Ella Millott attends Annie Dennis Children’s Centre in Northcote where her Mum, Lisa helped organise a Lots of Socks fundraiser for World Down Syndrome day on 21st March. 

They decided to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day for the whole week to give staff and students an opportunity to wear Lots of Socks and raise awareness about Down syndrome. Many children and adults alike proudly rocked their colourful and mismatched socks.

At Annie Dennis Ella loves playing in the sandpit, making pretend birthday cakes, painting, reading books and running around. She has made many friends at Annie Dennis. She loves to tell her Mum about her day at childcare including what she did and who she played with. Ella is very good at making herself understood using words as well as sign language. Ella has shown her parents as well as the staff at Annie Dennis that there is no limit to what she is capable of. She doesn’t see herself as different to her friends at childcare. She feels included and this is evident in her interactions.

Annie Dennis Children’s Centre raised $1233 for Down Syndrome Victoria, including an anonymous donation of $1000.

Thank you to Ella and Lisa Millott and the Annie Dennis Children’s Centre for their support on World Down Syndrome Day, and their fundraising efforts.

Early Days Support Workshops 1 & 2
(Running Simultaneously)


DATE: Monday 27th June
TIME: 6:15pm to 9:15pm
VENUE: Down Syndrome Victoria’s Offices in Abbotsford

These workshops are designed to support parents and the family unit

Workshop One – For new parents                                                                          
The intent of Workshop One is to bring parents of babies with Down syndrome into one space in which you can not only access information, but can meet, share and unite with others in a similar situation. The evening is relaxed and quite informal to allow for the sharing of experiences and learning from others. 

Workshop Two – For parents of pre-school aged children
Workshop Two builds on information gathered at Workshop One but encourages families to look forward and to develop some visions and goals for their child and the family. It promotes effective use of services like Early Intervention and provides information about other services and supports available.

Please RSVP by 20 June to or phone Sue: 9486 9600 ext: 208 and indicate which workshop you would like to attend and any special dietary requirements.

*Please note that these workshops run with a minimum of 6 people or 3 couples, therefore, registering via email or phone is essential.

For more information contact familysupport@dsav.asn or see our website.
DSV Comes to You - Bendigo

June 16 and 17 2016

Meet the Down Syndrome Victoria team members and other parents for dinner and a day of workshops to gather useful information.

Click here for more details and information on how to book.

A big thank you
Down Syndrome Victoria would like to thank all families who took part in the regional survey. Your feedback is invaluable and will help to guide us in our work. Already we are planning another ‘DSV comes 2you’ later in 2016 in Warrnambool, as a result of your requests. Save the dates of 25th and 26th August, when we will meet families for dinner and for a series of workshops.

Chelsea SES Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

Chelsea SES had a special guest visitor at training recently when Kimba dropped in to say G'day and have a picture with everyone in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day. The members were more than happy to get in on the action and to show their full support. Kimba, 26, is the daughter of Chelsea member Phil Wall, and is also a fellow volunteer at the local Family Life Op Shop where she even wears an orange apron - see, everyone looks good in orange!

Looking ahead, leaving school – planning for the transition from school to adult life
Calling all parents of year 9, 10 and 11 students. Down Syndrome Victoria will be holding a workshop to assist you to navigate this next phase in your young person’s life: what are the options, what can you do now, what support is available. The workshop will be at our Abbotsford office  (Parking available at these times and light meal included).
Please send expressions of interest to for one of the following  times:
Thursday 3rd November 6.00pm to 9.30pm  
Friday 4th November 10.00am to 1.30pm
Club 21 Melbourne
We kicked off April with a day at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. Members and volunteers alike enjoyed the wave pool and water slide and lunch at the pool café after.

Our second activity in April was a trip out to Ballarat to visit one of our regional members, Kez and her family. Kez and her mum, Trish picked Club 21 up from the train station before we were treated to a delicious BBQ lunch by the lake. We then enjoyed an afternoon in the botanical gardens, taking a stroll by the lake and down Prime Ministers Avenue and smelling all the beautiful flowers in the conservatory. A huge thank you to Kez, Trish and Maureen for hosting Club 21 – we had an absolute blast!

Save the date - Sunday 24th July! Supporting Healthy Relationships and Sexuality workshop, this workshop will run two concurrent sessions, one for adults with Down syndrome and one for parents/carers of adults with Down syndrome.

If you would like to join in the fun at Club 21 Melbourne or Geelong please contact Casey or Kerry


Call out for My Voice submissions

Would you like to share your achievements with our national Down Syndrome community? Here’s your chance!

We are looking for submissions to the ‘My Voice’ section of Voice, our members’ journal which is published three times a year. My Voice is a section devoted to letting you tell your story – perhaps you’ve just started a new job, or have attended an awesome DSV event, or have a special occasion or triumph that you’d like to share. We’d love to hear it!

Simply send a short paragraph about your news and a high resolution photo to accompany it to, and we’ll see if we can include it in the next edition of My Voice.

For further information, please contacStephanie Papaleo.
Library Books Reminder

If you have borrowed a book from our library, please can we request that you return it as soon as possible. Thank you!
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