Charity which supports young adults with learning disabilities across West Sussex celebrates online success

The founder of a charity which supports young adults with learning disabilities across West Sussex is celebrating its successes over the past 12 months ahead of World Down Syndrome Day on Sunday (March 21).

Led by Tessa Denison from her Chiddingfold home, Think18 has embraced the challenges of lockdown since last March to provide virtual activities and moved all its face-to-face activities online.

Tessa said: “I am so proud of how our members have transitioned to using Zoom and the support they provide to each other.

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“This has been a challenging year for everyone but particularly for those with learning difficulties many of whom have been shielding for a long time.”

A Think18 ThinkDance session

Starting with just one Zoom session a week, the charity now holds eight weekly events, including: ThinkDance, ThinkDrama, ThinkSing, ThinkArt, ThinkHealth, ThinkDrumFit and the most popular session, Virtual Drinks.

During Virtual Drinks members ‘hang out’ with their friends and catch up on their news, or take a ‘spotlight’ and showcase a skill/talent such as singing a song or performing a magic trick.

Last year Grammy winner Nicola Benedetti made a guest appearance and played the violin, while this year an artist hosted a virtual art exhibition of his work made from recycled materials.

If you or someone you know would like more details on how to become a member, contact Tessa at [email protected]

Think18 founder Tessa Denison and her daughter Rosie


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