About the wdsa
The Wellington Down Syndrome Association supports, educates and advocates for people within the Down syndrome community in the greater Wellington Region.
We seek to empower and encourage individuals with Down syndrome for a lifetime of meaningful inclusion in the community.
What is the WDSA?
What do we do?
We support parents (particularly new parents) with community contact, welcome packs and linking to other helpful information and resources.
The WDSA run some fantastic events like the Frances Clarke community awards and the annual WDSA Christmas party. You can often find us running local age group catch ups to provide opportunities for people within the Down syndrome community to connect and build relationships.
We help to provide educational resources and support to parents and schools where appropriate.
We’re always advocating for the fantastic people in our community that have Down syndrome by sharing stories, events and other information.
We’re passionate and positive about people that have Down syndrome. People with Down syndrome are valuable members of the Wellington community.
We are connected and seek to build relationships and share resources with other organisations
The WDSA have a Memorandum of Understanding with the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association and seek to work together for the Down syndrome community within New Zealand.
WDSA membership will always be free. Join Today
We are a registered Charity: Charity Number CC52040
Meet the team
The WDSA committee is run entirely by volunteers
James replies to lots of emails. He’s always organising, planning things and looking after tech. He is passionate about supporting education for people with Down syndrome.
His youngest daughter Emily is 9.
When not jumping on the trampoline or dancing to Go Noodle, James likes to drink coffee… lots of coffee!
Secretary / Frances Clarke Coordinator
Amanda writes up all our minutes and generally keeps us inline.
She has a son called Eli
Blair makes sure we have money in the bank to pay for things. He also helps us with Fundraising and grants.
He has a daughter called Sofia.
Events / Hospital Liaison
Deborah organsies many of our awesome events and also visits new parents in Wellington Hosptial.
Her eldest daughter is Heidi.
Fundraising / Hospital Liaison
Ruth is our fundraising Ninja and all round awesome doer. She also visits parents in Lower Hutt Hospital.
Ruths new son is Liam.
Andrew writes our email drops in mailchimp.
His son Cooper just turned 3.
Events / Siblings / Comms
Sinead is our youngest WDSA committee member. Her sister Bronagh has Down Syndrome and is 11 years old. Sinead’s helps out with organising events for WDSA and is planning a sibling support workshop series.
NZDSA Regional Rep / Hospital Liaison
Bridie is our awesome new parent contact in the Wairarapa. She is also our bridge with the NZDSA.
She has a daughter Sienna who is not quite 2 yet.
Everyone is Welcome
WDSA membership is free and available to all. Parents of children with Down syndrome, grandparents, aunts and uncles, adult siblings, care-givers and other interested organisations. You don’t need to be in the Wellington region to become a member.
We are a small organisation with limited resources run completely by volunteers and good will. Help us by playing a critical role in supporting people with Down syndrome in the greater Wellington region.