About Three21

Three 21 is a North East organisation covering Northumberland and Tyne and Wear that provides families who have a child born with Down's Syndrome with support, information and guidance. 

Having a child with Down's Syndrome can be a positive experience and Three 21 seek to signpost new parents to a range of organisations that exist to support families from birth and beyond. From local support groups, to Maternity Voices Partnership engagement and events that seek to change perceptions of Down's Syndrome, Three 21 provides a hub for all North East links within the Down's Syndrome community.

Three 21 was founded by Rachel and Marc, after the birth of their daughter, Betsy, in 2017, in response to finding that it was a struggle to find out about what was on offer in the local area to help support her family. Two other mothers, Laura and Eleanor, who also have a child with Down's Syndrome, found they encountered the same problem. Laura's son William and Betsy were roommates in the Special Care Baby Unit and we met Eleanor, and her daughter Ava, at our local support group. Collectively, we all felt we needed to do something to provide new parents with the vital information and links to enable them to access the natural support already available within the North East Down's Syndrome community. Three 21 is supported by trustees who firmly support our mission to ensure that every family has access to the information they need after a diagnosis of Down's Syndrome.

If you would like to donate to help support the work we do, you can do so at www.gofundme.com/f/down039s-syndrome-support

Current Projects

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Welcome to the World Packs 

Parental Experience Talks​​​​​​​

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Having a child diagnosed with Down's Syndrome can be a worrying experience for parents and it need not be if approached with up to date knowledge and the positive lived experience of families who have a child with the condition.

Three 21 provide Welcome to the World packs to families with a new baby born with Down's Syndrome in the North East. Our packs are free of charge, easily storable and provide vital support after diagnosis.

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