Welcome to Stepping Stones DS

Supporting children and young people with Down Syndrome and their families, one step at a time

Stepping Stones DS supports children and young people with Down Syndrome in North Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey. The group provides a wide range of support, activities and services for members and their families. All activities are designed to build confidence and support our members in reaching their potential.

We put a high priority on empowerment and provide training for parents, teachers and other professionals to allow them to better support our members. Stepping Stones DS is an entirely volunteer led, self funding organisation. For information on how to join Stepping Stones DS please see our New Parents page

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We have recently updated our Training page with our Training Programme for the 2019/20 academic year.  We are really excited about the broad range of topics and feel that we are offering something for all of our members, please see our Training page to see this online.

Our beautiful publication “Our Stories” is now available to read online. this publication is for members, for families, for professionals, and for anyone who ever wondered what life might be like with an extra chromosome, please see our New Parents page to see this online.

You can now sign up for our half termly newsletter using the form in the footer of our website

VOLUNTEER LED

Stepping Stones DS is a run by parents, for parents and carers of children and young people with Down Syndrome. We are an entirely volunteer led group and would love to hear from you if you would like to support us.

Find out how you can help support us …

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4 weeks ago

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As is customary Stepping Stones DS is closing for the summer to enable our trustees to take a well deserved break with their families. We will continue to check emails sporadically and will be back in the office the first week of September.

We would like to take this opportunity of wishing you and your families a happy holiday.
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1 month ago

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A massive thank you to Patrick, Tony and everyone at T & P Equestrian for raising an amazing £2078.05 at this weekend's Russel Pearson Memorial Show. This is a fantastic achievement and along with the money raised at last year's show means that T&P have now raised nearly £4600 for Stepping Stones DS. We are immensely grateful for the support, as our extensive programme of support, activities and training is paid for entirely through donations and fundraising such as this. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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A huge thank you to Court Moor School who invited Sarah, our Chair, to join their Celebration Assembly this morning so she could personally thank the students for their fundraising. Over the past year they have raised £2698 for Stepping Stones DS through a variety of events including World Down Syndrome Day mufti, a sponsored 21min 3 second run (shown here), cake sale and art exhibition and sale. A special mention to Assistant Head, Mr Bolton, who took on the Three Peaks and raised £1100. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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Massive thanks to Waitrose & Partners who recently featured Stepping Stones DS in their Community Matters scheme. Massive thank you to everyone who popped their green token in the SSDS box! We were delighted to received £730, which was presented to our member Grace.

This sum will cover the cost of two of our preschool aged members attending our monthly therapy groups for an entire year. The groups, led by a specialist speech and language therapist, develop all aspect of early speech, language and communication, as well as embryonic numeracy and literacy skills.

If you would like to nominate Stepping Stones DS for the Waitrose & Partners Community Matters scheme in your local branch, please collect a nomination form from the branch, complete it and hand it in at the Welcome Desk.
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2 months ago

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Fantastic to see a packed room for our school starters training led by Becky Baxter and Sarah Holton from LETS Go UK. The day provides a wealth of information about supporting a child with Down Syndrome in the mainstream classroom including advice on numeracy, literacy, differentiation, language and communication. We’re delighted to see so many schools being proactive in supporting our members’ school experience. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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Last week our Chair, Sarah and trustee Josh, attended a cheque presentation at the Farnborough Masonic Centre along with 46 other local and national charities. We were delighted to be presented with a cheque for £200 by the Earl of Malmesbury Lodge. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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Our littlies had fun with bubbles at our monthly Stay and Play session this morning. ... See MoreSee Less

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