22nd May 2019
21 Together, the charity at the heart of O’Keefe’s Community Foundations programme, has been shortlisted for a National Diversity Award.
Formed three years ago by four mothers of children with Down’s syndrome, 21 Together’s mission is to work together to raise expectations within the Down’s syndrome community in Kent and to empower others to promote inclusion and achieve aspirations.
Those mothers, who now make up the charity’s trustee body, decided they would form fortnightly communication groups for the children to improve their speech and social skills, and provide an advice service for parents and carers. These communication sessions help the children to succeed socially and to access mainstream schools along with their siblings and peers.
The cash that the O’Keefe Group has raised for 21 Together through its Community Foundations programme over the past two years is helping to fund these fortnightly groups.
To support 21 Together’s nomination for an award go to https://nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominations-home/ before May 31st.
The concept for the National Diversity Awards arose when The Diversity Group identiﬁed an urgent need for more positive role models to be actively promoted, with the aim to empower and inspire the wide breadth of diverse communities across the UK. Their awards for 2019 will be drawn at a black tie dinner on Friday 20th September at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.