Helping children with Down’s Syndrome develop vital life-skills
£15 a month buys a Makaton (signing language) training pack.
"Due to funding cuts there was very little help from the NHS after our son was born. We were told that we would have to wait for a year for any speech and language therapy, and the physio therapy was non-existent. "

"As such the specialist service DSL has provided has proved invaluable, with it Oscar has made huge leaps in both his language and physical development."

Andrew Dobson
  Friends of DSL
How You Can Help...

What it costs

DSL currently requires around £78,000 per year to provide its existing therapy service:
  • £70,000 for the therapy service
  • £6,000 for hiring the facility in which the services are provided
  • £2,000 for specialist resource materials to support therapy

Our future plans

In addition to raising the funds required each year to fund its ongoing services, DSL’s ambition is to double its annual donations in order to:

  • Extend its service to a greater number of children and reduce its waiting list
  • Expand the age range of children that it covers; and
  • Implement bridging programmes and specialist outreach advice into schools attended by older children.

Fund raising dance


DSL is funded entirely through voluntary donations and grants. Over the last ten years we have raised and received funding from a wide range of charitable giving organisations and companies (national and local), among them:

  • Newcomen Collett Foundation      
  • Chelsea FC
  • The Local Network Fund
  • News International
  • Help a Capital Child
  • Nike
  • BBC Children in Need
  • NM Rothschild
  • ERSF
  • JP Morgan Cazenove
  • Lothian Award
  • Lyceum Capital Partners
  • The Children’s Fund
  • Tower House School
  • Alleyn’s Junior School
  • Finton House School
  • Dulwich College
  • Ivydale School
  • Alleyn’s School
  • 3 Verulam Buildings
  • Chambers
  • Renaissance Capital
  • Golin Harris
  • Day Lewis Pharmacies
  • Daiwa Capital Markets

  • Downs South London, Registered Charity 1123045.     Registered company number: 6381649.
    59 Lyndhurst Grove, London SE15 5AW.