Grab A Cuppa Events and Online Workshops

We are running some Grab a Cuppa sessions and online workshops for families over the next few months, these sessions are an opportunity to hear from experts in the field on a variety of topics as well as the chance to ask questions and share your experience with other parents.


Grab a Cuppa and Zoom in with us and Emer O’Leary from CHIL Housing 

Thursday 23rd May, 7-8pm

Join in the discussion with Emer O’Leary, CHIL Consultant and share your views about Cohousing Provision for people with Down’s syndrome. CHIL (CoHousing for Independent Living) is a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) which grew out of conversations between young adults with Down’s syndrome together with their parents and allies, around the need for person-centred homes which support independence and build community.

Register here  


Grab a Cuppa and Zoom in with us and Amanda McCarren, Learning Disability Policy Manager to learn about Annual Health Checks  for Individuals (age 16+) with Learning Disabilities

Thursday 30th May, 7-8pm

Join our Family Support Team and Guest Speaker Amanda McCarren for an online session about Annual Health Checks. Amanda McCarren is the Learning Disability Policy Manager working in the Neurodivergence and Learning Disability Unit in Scottish Government. Amanda leads the national implementation of annual health checks for people 16+ with a learning disability in Scotland. Debbie Campbell from our Family Support Team will go over the resources that Down’s Syndrome Scotland have developed to support people who have Down’s syndrome, their parents/carers and also the Health Professionals who will be delivering the Annual Health Checks.

Register here


Online Workshops 

We are running online workshops for families and carers on a variety of topics…

  • Let’s Talk about Supporting Your Child’s Early Years Development and Learning –  Wednesday 28th August from 7.00-8.30pm

This workshop has been tailored specifically for parents and carers of children under 5 and will focus on learning and development from birth through the early years up to school age. We will discuss health and development, specific learning profile and professional early years support available, and also explore successful strategies that you can use to support your child’s everyday development and learning.

  • Let’s Talk about Helping Your Child Learn Numbers – Wednesday 25th September from 7.00-8.30pm

This workshop will support you to teach your child basic numeracy principles, understand the relationship between language and numeracy, and learn how to create real everyday situations to help your child to realise the real purpose of numbers and, how these can be linked to developing their life skills which will help them gain greater independence and confidence in daily life situations.

  • Let’s Talk about Helping Your Child Learn to Read using the Whole Word Approach – Wednesday 30th October from 7.00-8.30pm

This workshop will teach you the approach of “Teaching Reading to Teach Talking”, the effectiveness of using the “Whole Word Approach” and how you can use this to help your child to learn to read.

  • Let’s Talk about Understanding and Supporting Behaviour that Communicates – Wednesday 27th November from 7.00-8.30pm

This workshop has been created to allow you to explore what causes the behaviour of the person you care for that you find difficult to manage or hard to change. You will have the opportunity to analyse their behaviour, learn how to understand its function, and develop a support plan specific to them, which can be used to support their personal difficulties with communication and help you to teach them alternative and more appropriate behaviours to communicate and help to develop their confidence and self-esteem.

You can book these workshops here.