Firebreak partnership with Down Syndrome charity reaches tenth anniversary

Celebrations are in order after our Firebreak partnership with charity Down Syndrome Extra 21 turned 10 years old.

The programme is the first of its type to meet the complex physical and mental needs of the group the charity supports.

The week-long programme has now been delivered to hundreds of young people and adults with Down Syndrome and has helped to make them more independent – by teaching them safe and independent living skills, what to do in an emergency, how to report a fire and basic first aid.

Participants of the course all live with Down Syndrome and take part in a range of challenging tasks to build their confidence, including using powerful hose reels, climbing ladders and wearing specialist breathing apparatus while rescuing dummy ‘people’ trapped in smoke logged buildings and rooms.

The partnership was established in 2008 after the Firebreak programme identified the need for home safety advice to young people and adults with Down Syndrome – and ensured the course was designed in order to deliver key messages in a creative and engaging way.

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