Jess Parson’s Big Challenge

Date: 13th September 2019

This Saturday Jess is taking on The Ben Nevis Braveheart Triathlon in aid of Down’s Syndrome Scotland. Here she tells us about why she set herself this challenge.    “This year I turned 30 and decided to set myself a few goals. Some have already been achieved and some I’m still yet to complete. My […]


Rest-Ed Study

Date: 13th September 2019

Children with Down’s syndrome (Ds) experience a higher incidence of sleep problems than their typically-developing peers. Untreated sleep problems in children (with and without Ds) can lead to sleepiness, behavioural and emotional problems, cognitive impairment, reduced quality of life and reduced academic achievement. A study by Dr Rebecca Stores at the University of Portsmouth a […]


DSS Appoints New Chief Executive

Date: 27th June 2019

Down’s Syndrome Scotland (DSS), the national charity supporting families and people with Down’s syndrome in Scotland, is delighted to announce that Eddie McConnell has been appointed as its new Chief Executive.  Eddie is currently Director of Development at Sense Scotland and he will take up his new appointment at the charity in September 2019. Eddie […]


DSS Staffing Update

Date: 14th May 2019

After 11 years as Chief Executive, Pandora Summerfield has decided it’s the right time to leave Down’s Syndrome Scotland. During her tenure the charity has grown its income from £300K to over £1M, the staff team from six to 30, including the introduction of professional fundraising staff, and its influence has substantially increased both throughout Scotland […]


Neck Instability

Date: 9th May 2019

As the summer holidays are fast approaching we want to make sure that you are aware that if you are taking a child who has Down’s syndrome to trampoline parks or gymnastic type activities that it is likely that you will be asked to sign a waiver and be asked to obtain a medical certificate […]


Thank you to Turcan Connell

Date: 1st May 2019

We would like to say a massive thank you to all the staff at Turcan Connell for supporting Down’s Syndrome Scotland so enthusiastically throughout our partnership as their charity of the year. We have absolutely loved working with them and were inspired by their dedication to smashing the target they set themselves. Through raising sponsorship […]


Four Go Wild For Wellies

Date: 4th February 2019

Indepen-dance 4, an inclusive dance company based in Glasgow, are doing a tour of their new show ‘Four Go Wild For Wellies’. The show will be performed around the country in Perth, Lochgelly, Aberdeen, Pitlochry and Stirling throughout February and March. It will also be at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2019. The show […]


Forth Rail Bridge Abseil – Aoife’s Story

Date: 9th November 2018

In October 10 brave abseilers took on the elements and abseiled from the Forth Rail Bridge in aid of Down’s Syndrome Scotland. One of those abseilers, Aoife McLafferty, tells us what motivated her to take part and how she found the experience. “I was looking through the Down’s Syndrome Scotland website when I came across […]


Dave Brown’s ‘Giro di Davie’

Date: 17th October 2018

This summer one of our amazing supporters took on the ultimate challenge a gruelling 15 day cycle across the Italian Alps to raise money for Down’s Syndrome Scotland. Here he tells us how he got on and his motivation behind it.   Cycling up a mountain is a truly breath-taking experience. Being amongst the clear air […]


ABC Update

Date: 27th April 2018

It has been a busy time for all things ABC and we have been working very hard behind the scenes on developing the service. We’ve liaised with senior Speech and Language Therapy Leads in the NHS and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists to get their input into how we can improve the […]