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 are delighted to announce that Stepping Stones DS is taking over the Acorn Centre, at Church Crookham Junior School.  The centre will provide a permanent home for our Therapy Groups and Stay and Play sessions.

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

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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.

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A huge thank you to Ali Futcher and to everyone who recycles for SSDS. You have helped raise more than £1370 since April, which is phenomenal!

If you would like more details on our recycling scheme and how you can help, you can follow SSDS Wombles or send us a message.
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Well... £1,370 + already raised through recycling since April! Let's see if we can reach £1,500 by the end of October shall we? Please keep saving and passing on your: - Tassimo coffee discs (and ...

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We wanted to share a recent photo from our Sensory Suite activity last week. The Sensory Suite is suitable for babies/toddlers up to pre-school age and has several different areas offering visual and textural experiences to stimulate the senses, as well as a ball pool and bubbles tubes. It is also a great opportunity for our new parents to meet with other parents with similar aged children, in a more quiet and intimate environment where they are able to chat and share experiences. It's also an incredibly economical activity, as a donation of £20 is enough to fund a sensory suite session.

One of our parents who attended said:

"Sophie's face lights up when we go into the sensory suite. She loves the bubble tubes and the multi sensory walls as well as the illuminated ball pool and fibre optics. Every time we go she notices and interacts with more elements in the room. In the last 6 months she's gone from just following the lights with her eyes whilst lying on the water bed, to approaching the mirrors, shapes and textures on the walls, and exploring them herself."

For more information on our activities, visit our website: www.steppingstonesds.co.uk/activities/
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Today our Trustees attended a strategy meeting dedicated to shaping the next three years of Stepping Stones DS.

We reflected on the last three years and the fantastic achievements that SSDS has made. Feedback was analysed and discussed, from both members and trustees. Finally a strategy for the next three years was mapped out and agreed upon.

Chair Sarah Sutton said: "I am really excited about the plans that we are putting in place for the next 3 years to ensure we are supporting all our members whilst safeguarding our organisation. Our member survey highlighted how much SSDS means to our families, and we are excited about continuing to provide vital services and support."

A big thank you to our Trustees for giving up their Sunday family time, and also to Simon Blyghton for generously giving up his time to facilitate.
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On Saturday our youngest members enjoyed their first activity with us - Mini Movers!

These monthly sessions are specially designed to help build and develop gross motor skills, and also provide an early opportunity for children to interact with their peers and have some fun!
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Yesterday was our first Stay and Play in our new venue The Acorn Centre and what a fantastic morning it was. It was wonderful to welcome so many new families and to see the Centre filled with members chatting and sharing experiences. We were also thrilled to have Becky Baxter and Michelle Slater from LETS Go UK join us.

A big thank you to Kevin Ahronson Photography for coming along to take photos of this special event.
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There are a few last minute tickets available for Ladies Only Balls and More's event raising money for Stepping Stones DS at The Village Hotel, Farnborough on Friday night. Tickets cost £25 and include a 2 course fish and chip supper and a glass of Fizz on arrival. Please get in touch if you would like to join us. Email ladiesonlyball@gmail.com to book. ... See MoreSee Less

Fish & Fizz Friday

September 8, 2017, 7:30pm - September 8, 2017, 7:00pm

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We would like to wish all of our members best of luck for the new school year!

Whether you are starting school for the first time, returning to a new classroom, or transitioning to a new school, we hope you have a fantastic time!
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