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Get to know us

The BDSGG

The BDSSG has been running for over 25 years and there are over 50 families who make up the support group with family members of all ages who have Down Syndrome.

The BDSSG promotes positive awareness and inclusion of Down Syndrome by engaging with the Local Authority, local medical centres and the community.

Liz Fiorini

Liz has been running the the Bromley DSSG since 2009. She is married to Peter and has three children Sophie, Rosa and Isabel, and her youngest daughter Isabel has Down Syndrome. Liz works in Early Years Education and has been a Pre-School Practitioner for over 20 years.

 

Liz is thrilled that the Support Group has become a Registered Charity. The Group can now expand its horizons and as well as continuing to offer practical support and advice to families and holding social events, the Trustees are working collaboratively with the London Borough of Bromley to produce a Down syndrome pathway that will ultimately prepare our children for independence and living a fulfilled life.

'Don't limit me' - our aim is to ensure that everyone involved in the care and education of our children has the same high expectations of them as we do!

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Karen Woollard

Karen has been part of the Bromley DSSG for the past 14 years. Karen has been an active member since she sought support when her son was one years old. Karen has worked in the Specialist Education sector since 2013.

Karen is mum to 3 children, Charlotte, Katie and Toby and a very proud Grandmother to her 3 granddaughters. Toby is her youngest child, he was born in 2005, and he has Down Syndrome.

Karen is proud and honoured to be part of the charity, and works very hard to make sure the charity achieves its objectives for all our children and adults with Down Syndrome in Bromley. 

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Felicity Dawson

 Felicity is mum to two brilliant sons, Lenny and Rowan.  Lenny (the eldest) was born in 2011 and was diagnosed with Down Syndrome shortly after birth.  She started attending BDSSG’s lovely friendly Thursday afternoon sessions when he was a few months old (the only opportunity in those early days to drink a cuppa while it was still hot) and gradually became more involved in the group, delivering training for midwives and now helping to run the charity as a trustee.


Felicity works as a manager in the NHS and is also training to be a patissiere.  She is passionate about promoting high expectations for our children and true inclusion.

Lucia DeBiase

Lucia has been attending the Bromley Down Syndrome Group since her first son was born in 2005.  Over the years, the group has been a great source of support and both Lucia and her son have made lifelong friendships.

Lucia has worked in the NHS for over 20 years. She has spoken at the Greenwich University midwifery training days about her experience of having a child with Down Syndrome. More recently the support group became a charity and Lucia is very proud to be a trustee and playing her part in making a positive difference for children and adults with Down Syndrome in Bromley.

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     Sarah-Jane Phillippo

Sarah-Jane is married to Sean and is mum to two beautiful girls. Her family have been members of the support group since 2017, after the birth of her youngest daughter, Hannah, who was diagnosed with Down Syndrome when she a born. 


Sarah-Jane works closely with the other trustees to make sure the Charity achieves its objective to ensure support, inclusion and opportunities for all people with Down Syndrome in Bromley. 
 

Sarah-Jane is always happy to have coffee and chat with new parents who might want to. 

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