Saturday 18th October, Kingsgate Conference Centre
This event has been brought to our attention by Peterborough City Council. It is a film and TV convention open to all but priority is given to disabled guests, their families & friends. There will be tactile costumes, props, vehicles and some celebrities from the big screen including Warwick Davis, Hannah Spearritt, Virginia Hey & Holli Dempsey. Tickets for this event cost £2.50 (Carers go for free) and can be purchased from Peterborough Tourist Information Centre. Alternatively, you can purchase tickets via the website at

IMG_2872As reported earlier the Institute held its 2014 Race Night on 3rd April at The Posh ground. It was a hugely successful event which managed to raise £830.00 for one of its chosen charities, The Peterborough Area Downs Syndrome Group.
The group first started when a small group of parents decided to set up a local charity to support parents, carers and people with Down’s Syndrome in Peterborough and the surrounding areas. Over 10 years on and 120 members later, the charity offers support and information through regular drop-in sessions, speech and language therapy and an active social calendar. The charity is affiliated to the national charity the Down’s Syndrome Association and membership to our charity is free for families, carers and people with Down’s Syndrome.On 3rd June, Tara Cook, Social Secretary for the Institute, went along to visit the group at the Honeyhill Centre in Paston to present a cheque for the proceeds of our event to a very grateful Laura Tilley (Group Chair).The money will go towards supporting their members with speech or play therapy.Well done and heartfelt thanks to all who help raise this fantastic sum.


Co-Op Manager Mark Balding with staff and Family before having his legs waxed for the Charity the Peterborough Area Down's Syndrome Group

Friends, families, staff and customers at the Stanground Co-Op store helped raise valuable funds on Saturday the 14th December. With cakes, name the bear, tombola and manager Mark Balding having legs waxed they couldn’t help but dig into their pockets to help out.

A massive thank you to all those involved and those that came and supported the group.

Co-Op Manager Mark Balding with staff and Family having his legs waxed for the Charity the Peterborough Area Down's Syndrome Group Co-Op Manager Mark Balding with Michelle Baldacchino having his legs waxed for the Charity the Peterborough Area Down's Syndrome Group Organiser of the Stanground Co-Op Fun Day, Leanne Juniper  (2nd from Right) with families of the Charity the Peterborough Area Down's Syndrome Group. LR Alison Norman, Laura Tilley, Jeanne Juniper, Karen Harris, Front, Gracie, Runby, Hannah Tilley, Lucy Harris


Teenzone Our teenage members have been thoroughly enjoying their monthly get-togethers at Teenzone which is based in Christchurch, Green Lane, Stamford. It is a chance for our Secondary School members to meet up, hang out and do the thing that teenagers enjoy doing e.g. chat, share a drink, play pool, table tennis, computer games etc. For details of dates and times please contact Maggie on 01780 444233 or


Many of you will be aware of the difficulties that can arise when children with Downs Syndrome are learning to ride a bike. We are very fortunate to have the skills and expertise of Richard Cooper from who has kindly offered to run two sessions for PADSG. One session will be held at Visions in Stamford on Saturday 12th October at 3-5pm. Another session will be held at Honeyhill Children’s Centre on Tuesday 15th October at 4.30-6pm. All members will need to bring their own bike and helmet. Siblings are welcome too. To give us an idea of numbers or for any questions please contact Maggie Scott on 01780 444233 or

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PADSG have been chosen alongside Sue Rider, Thorpe Hall Capital Appeal to be a sponsored charity for Peterborough United Football Team for the 2013-14 Season. This is a great opportunity for our group. Some of our members attended the POSH press day and had photographs taken with the players and two of our members – Jennifer Goodwin and Louis Heppell have also been lucky enough to be Posh Mascots at two recent Peterborough United matches. We will keep you informed of any POSH events that we will be involved with throughout the season.