A CHARITY which supports children and young people who have Down Syndrome, and their families, has received a grant of over £17,000. 

The grant, for £17,393 from players of People’s Postcode Lottery, will be used by the Bingley-based Down Syndrome Training and Support Service to provide speech and language groups for young children and to support parents, families and the professionals who work with them.

The sessions have been developed since 2006 and currently provide support for up to 50 children a year, in small groups or one to one, depending on the child’s need. Parents and school support staff attend with the child to learn the techniques used and homework is given to ensure support continues at home or at school.

Dr Wendy Uttley, charity co-ordinator, said: “We’re delighted that players of People’s Postcode Lottery are funding our valuable work improving the life chances of our young people who have Down Syndrome.

"This work is important because our children deserve the chance to be educated and included in their local communities."

The grant will ensure the sessions continue for the next academic year.

They aim to ensure children have the skills to communicate clearly, understand social boundaries, gain independence and stay safe.