Bingley Music Live are proud to support The Lord Mayor’s charity appeal for the 2017/2018 Civic Year. The Down Syndrome Training and Support Service and the Wishing Well Appeal are this year’s chosen charities by Lord Mayor Councillor Abid Hussain.

The Down Syndrome Training and Support Service is a unique charity based at the Pamela Sunter Centre, Whitley Street, Bingley. Their work is designed to support children and young people with Down syndrome and their families and also the professionals who work with them.

The service was developed in 2000 for four families, all of whom had a young child with Down syndrome and the charity is still run to this day by parents. All of the directors are parents and two of the staff are young adults with Down syndrome. The ethos of the charity is that they believe that all children with Down syndrome deserve the same opportunities as other children.

The centre provides training, early intervention, speech and language sessions. They run a weekly youth club and give vital support via telephone, email, social media, training, home visits and counselling. They also arrange external social activities e.g. bowling, street dance and summer trips.

The DST & SS charity is now facing a funding crisis and without additional funding they will have to further reduce their services from next year. They are very keen to make businesses – both locally and beyond – aware of the crisis in the hope that you can help. All of the services are in very high demand and many days are stretched to capacity. They never like to say no to any family or school who is in need of help and support. To have the Lord Mayor’s Appeal as his charity would make a huge difference to this very deserving cause.

The Wishing Well Appeal is the other half of the charity appeal which will provide small grants for organisations and smaller groups across the Bradford District. There are some fantastic things going on throughout the area organised by the community and voluntary sector and it can often be difficult for groups and organisations to find funding for their projects, events and activities. The Appeal would like to be able to offer these smaller pots of funding to enable these groups to fulfil their dreams and enhance their projects further without having to spend extra time raising money. The “Wishing Well” Appeal will be beneficial to many groups across the Bradford District, rather than just supporting one or two particular charities.

If you would like to support Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal, receive information on future events or make a donation please contact the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Co-ordinator

Tel: 01274 434965

Thank you.