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Empowering people with Down Syndrome to achieve their dreams

Down Syndrome WA play group members celebrate a P&N Bank Helping &nds donation

A much-needed helping hand has been provided to deserving not-for-profit organisation, Down Syndrome WA, through P&N Bank’s recent round of community grants.

The funding will go towards supporting the invaluable programs the group offers to their members to empower people with Down Syndrome to achieve their dreams.

Down Syndrome WA is a charitable organisation committed to providing a life of choice and inclusion for people with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome. They offer social groups for children from birth to those aged over 30 that provide invaluable connection and support for participants and families, often creating lifelong friendships and support networks.

DSWA also provides an employment program that supports West Australians with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome to obtain open employment, which is a strong catalyst for understanding and inclusion in the community.

Down Syndrome WA CEO, Cassandra Hughes said every donation they receive is important and ensures the organisation can undertake activities they may otherwise have to forgo.

“As a small not-for-profit, funding is limited and has to be reserved for key activities. Every donation is critical to our ability to deliver outstanding programs and look for new opportunities to support our community,” Ms Hughes said.

“We are deeply grateful for the Helping &nds grant from P&N Bank, which will assist us in delivering activities and programs that support inclusion and equity.”

General Manager P&N Bank, Angela Newland, said the bank has a long-standing history of supporting groups that champion inclusion for all, offering a helping hand to those in need in the local WA community.

“We know that when people work together, individuals, families, groups and our community will flourish,” Angela said.

“March 21 marked World Down Syndrome Day, which aims to empower people to advocate for full inclusion in society for people with Down Syndrome, and I’m proud that P&N could play a small role in shining a light on this important topic.”

“On behalf of our members, we are proud to be able to provide support to WA community groups and small not-for-profits, such as Down Syndrome WA, through P&N Bank’s Helping &nds program to ensure they can continue undertaking the vital work they do within our community.”

We congratulate all the groups and organisations which were successful in this round of P&N Bank’s Helping &nds community program:

  • Marsupial Mammas and Pappas
  • Down Syndrome WA
  • Australind SES
  • Bicycles For Humanity WA
  • Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre
  • Falcon Community Men's Shed
  • Yanchep Two Rocks Home Support Group
  • Inspire Community Services

P&N Bank members can nominate local community organisations, or individuals in need, for a Helping &nds grant at any time during the year.

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