More than 90% of our vital income comes from voluntary donations.
Any sum you can donate, no matter how small, is hugely appreciated.


Providing support & information about Downs Syndrome in the Essex & North East London area


Volunteers needed by Contact a Family

Contact a Family supports families caring for disabled children with any disability or condition. Their volunteers are an integral part of the organisation and support other families through signposting, being a listening ear and finding ways to inform parents and professionals.

They are looking for a parent to join their team of volunteer parent representatives (reps). Reps raise awareness of Contact a Family in their local areas and signpost parents and professionals to local information. Their reps decide for themselves how to use their volunteering time to fit in with their own family circumstances.

Volunteers are backed up by the knowledge and expertise of all the staff teams in Contact a Family and are supported and valued through induction, training, regular meetings, individual support and payment of agreed expenses.

For further information and an application pack, contact Adele Meader on 01799 543043 or 07503 890190 or by email



More News & Media

Considering recent developments and guidelines provided by the Government, to protect our Members we have decided to suspend the charities programme for the time being.

DSE21 are pleased to hear about a group that has recently started in the Colchester area for families with young children.

On the 6th April 2019 DSE21 held an bike riding session at Just Ride Southend. Just Ride are a charity who specialise in inclusive bike riding using a running track to give people with disabilities the opportunity to experience bike riding in a safe and secure environment.

Event Video

A big thank you to Ruby Tibbs and her friends Maisie Harrison and Katie Johnson who ran a second hand handbag stall at the Rise Park fun day to celebrate its 80th anniversary.