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?

The Wellington Down Syndrome Association is a non-profit organisation that supports families and people with Down syndrome in the greater Wellington Region.

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.

Our Principles

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

Blair Griffiths


Blair coordinates and runs things for wdsa.

He has a daughter called Sofia.

Amanda Morton

Treasurer / Frances Clarke Coordinator 

Amanda makes sure we have enough money to do things.

She has a son called Eli

Laura North


Laura replies to all the emails and keeps us all inline.

Bridie Allen

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.

Ruth Coard

Fundraising / Hospital Liaison/ Events

Ruth is our fundraising Ninja and all round awesome doer. She also visits parents in Lower Hutt Hospital.

Ruths new son is Liam. 

Selena Hurndell Bulled


Selena writes our email drops in mailchimp.

Her son Cooper just turned 3.

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.

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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.

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