As we head into 2018, we’re set to celebrate a truly magnificent year – our 35th birthday! To celebrate our growth and emerging national presence through our campaigning and new training offer, we will welcome 35 famous faces to our work over the course of the year. We’re delighted to announce that Actor; Ayden Callaghan, Children’s TV presenter; Sarah-Jane Honeywell, Paralympic Champion; Helene Raynsford, and founder of Blog Downs Side Up; Hayley Goleniowska are the first to help us celebrate.
To make sure our 35th year is truly spectacular, we plan to invite well-known faces to learn more about our work and understand our passion for children with additional needs and disabilities. We hope that they will captivate the children’s imagination and take them on new adventures through story-telling; really being part of their day and helping them on their learning journey.
Actor Ayden Callaghan, best known for playing Joe Roscoe in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks will join us along with his wife; TV Presenter Sarah-Jane Honeywell who is now a mum and a writer of an award winning parenting blog, Honeymumster. Sarah-Jane gives lectures in schools on helping children understand their uniqueness.
As the first ever Paralympic rowing gold medallist at Beijing 2008, Helene Raynsford shows us all that disability need not be a factor in achieving our dreams and aspirations. In addition to this, Helene was a member of the Great Britain wheelchair basketball team from 2003 until 2006 and won two Paralympic Cup silver medals before entering rowing. With a degree in Medical Biochemistry and an MSc in Neuroscience at Royal Holloway University of London, we’re excited at welcoming inspirational Helene to our work. Helene is really excited to come and meet the children & families from Dingley’s Promise and is going to be reading her favourite childhood story!
Challenging fear and stigma, we are delighted to be joined by Hayley Goleniowska who was motivated to create the world-renowned blog, Downs Side Up after the birth of her daughter; born with Down’s syndrome. Her writing celebrates the narratives of those with the condition and is part of greater work by Hayley to bring greater inclusivity for people with a learning disability. Her daughter Natty was the first UK model with a disability to feature in a national Back to School campaign and she believes we all need to see ourselves represented in the media. Hayley is also co-author with her eldest daughter, Mia Goleniowska, of the book I Love You Natty. With a string of awards, we are honoured to welcome Hayley to our work.
Watch this space for other names to be announced and join us this year to celebrate 35 years of supporting children with SEND to fulfil their promise.