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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If you shop on Amazon then Stepping Stones DS is now registered with Amazon Smile, so every time you checkout you could be helping us support our members and their families, and it won’t cost you a penny, see our Donate to Stepping Stones page for more details.

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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Have you joined Amazon Smile yet?

If you shop on Amazon you can raise money for SSDS just by logging in via the Amazon Smile site and selecting us as your charity.

For full details how, check out the instructions on our website or just visit Amazon Smile to get started!

www.steppingstonesds.co.uk/support-us/donate-to-stepping-stones/

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MEET THE TRUSTEES:

Tonight we would like to introduce Despina Papadimitriou. Despina is in charge of training, therapies and support. Despina also organises our popular Stay and Play mornings, which means her friendly face is often the first one that new members see!

I am Despina, my partner is Nigel King, and we live in Woking with our four children Oliver, Charlotte, Elliott (DS), Rebecca and our two dogs. Elliott is at a mainstream nursery and is currently cared for by our Nanny three days per week when I am at work in London as a project manager. Elliott is doing well, he’s crawling and standing but yet to start walking. He eats well and is generally a happy boy. He will need a heart operation when he’s about three. I work three days in London and one at home. I have been working in projects for the last 20 years in planning and management so hope to bring these skills to Stepping Stones. I spent many years, before moving here, volunteering for my local Greek community fundraising, event planning & catering. Before kids I did many running/cycling events raising money for British Heart Foundation, Macmillan, Cancer UK to name a few. Maybe when I finish having babies I can get back into this, however a yoga-thon might be more down my alley by then. Stepping Stones has provided my family with a support network for life with a child who happens to have DS and valuable learning experiences for Elliott. I would like to help other families and continue the great work that the trustees have provided so far.
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2 weeks ago

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We would like to thank The New Leathern Bottle, Jealotts Hill, Bracknell who chose to support us for their Family Fun Day on the weekend.

They raised £400 which is fantastic and it looks like a fabulous day in the beautiful sunshine was had by all.

Thank you everyone!
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3 weeks ago

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We hope you are all enjoying the beautiful weather! Now that the bank holiday is over and we are back into the working week, it's time for another instalment of MEET THE TRUSTEES!

Tonight we would like to introduce our Treasurer, Jon Qualters. Jon is one of our newer trustees, having joined in 2017. Dad to SSDS member Harry, you may have seen him featured on the SSDS Facebook page in 2016 when he ran the London marathon.

I am Jon, I’m married to Lucy and we have 3 children Jack (7), Harry (5 DS), and Noah (3). Harry started at our local mainstream primary school in September, he’s made lots of new friends and his class are excited about learning Makaton.

I’m a qualified accountant and Finance Director at IQVIA (a human data science company which design and deliver clinical trials) where I’ve worked for the past 11 years.

I enjoy playing football, snowboarding, and running, I ran the London Marathon to raise funds for Stepping Stones in 2016…. and have just about recovered!

Lucy and I have been members since shortly after Harry was born and we’re really grateful for the massive amount of support Stepping Stones DS has provided our family. I am hoping that my knowledge and experience professionally and personally will help me add value to SSDS.
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3 weeks ago

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Today Sarah, our Chair, met with Ahmed and Jacquie from Rosemount Financial Solutions to discuss how they will be supporting us this year. They hope to raise £10,000 to cover the cost of our therapy groups for the coming year and more! Three trustees and their partners will be attending the Rosemount Fundraising Ball - raising funds for Stepping Stones DS and 'Muffin's Dream Foundation' on 25th May. If you would like to join them and us, tickets are still available. Details below. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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How would you like to do something incredible to support Stepping Stones in 2019? The London Marathon 2019 ballot is now open! You have until Friday at 5pm to sign up. Let us know in the comments if you are in!

www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/how-to-enter/ballot-entry/
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