New support group for children with Down syndrome to launch at Hereward College

Hereward College are delighted to be hosting Archie’s Smile, a new support group for children with Down syndrome.

Archie’s Smile is a charity set up by Rebecca Carless whose son, Archie was born with Down syndrome in 2013.

Its aim is to encourage the natural development of each child focussing on their strengths, gross and fine motor skills, as well as providing sensory play to enhance brain development and mood.

The group is also an opportunity for families with pre-school children with Down syndrome to share experiences, advice and see their children interacting positively with each other. Archie’s Smile will also be funding a speech and language therapist to run sessions and provide support to parents.

Rebecca says: “Children with Downs will achieve their milestones but sometimes need extra support. This is what inspired us to create Archie’s Smile, a stay and play and support group for children with Down syndrome and their families. Children with Down syndrome, as all children, will have areas of strengths and weaknesses as they grow.

“The group is solely run through fundraising. Having a child with Down syndrome is an amazing journey that we never thought we would take. At times it is tough, but support can make it easier.”

A launch event for Archie’s Smile will take place at Hereward College on Saturday 18th April from 1 – 4pm and anyone interested in supporting the charity is welcome to attend. The stay and play group will then meet weekly at the College on a Tuesday morning 10 – 12 am.

For more information on Archie’s Smile visit their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/archiessmile