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 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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School's out for summer!

SSDS is now closed for the summer break, while the trustees take a well-deserved hiatus* to spend time with their families.

We wish you all a wonderful summer holiday and look forward to seeing you again in September!

*photo is representative only and may bear no real resemblance to any summer holiday taken by a trustee.
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4 weeks ago

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MEET THE TRUSTEES: We hope you have enjoyed our series over the last few weeks. This is our final post, and it's from me!

I'm Karen and I am responsible for 90% of the posts you see on this page. I’m married to Nathan, and we have two children, Luke who has DS (7) and Lexie (5). My area of focus at SSDS is communications, grants and PR. I was an Executive Assistant for many years and I also worked in Professional Development and HR. Over the last year, I decided to retrain in social media management, and I now balance my social media business with raising the children. I’m originally from New Zealand and I moved here in 2005, I now call the UK my home.

SSDS has been an incredible support for our family over the last seven years and I can’t imagine this journey without their support, or without some of the amazing SSDS people who I now call my friends.

I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse behind the scenes. SSDS is made up of so many people who put in time and effort, not only trustees but also volunteers too. Stay tuned for some volunteer stories soon!
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4 weeks ago

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MEET THE TRUSTEES:

The last of our non-member trustees to appear in this series, Liz Phillipou joined us last year. As our Secretary Liz sits on both the operations and the governance team - it's a busy role!

Meet Liz:

I’m Liz, I am married to John and we have two daughters aged 19 and 21. One is in her first year at university and the other is about to embark on working a ski season after graduating. I am a locum pharmacist and currently work regularly for local, independent pharmacies. For the last 11 years I have been a Governor at Church Crookham Junior School. In my spare time I enjoy singing, skiing and socialising. I became aware of Stepping Stones DS when they were supported by my choir and through the Acorn Centre. Having attended a fundraising dinner this year I decided that I would like to volunteer and I’m so pleased that the opportunity has arisen. I have enjoyed visiting Stay and Play sessions and am looking forward to getting more involved.
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1 month ago

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MEET THE TRUSTEES

One of our growth areas at SSDS is the 16+, and as our members continue to grow older we are constantly looking at ways to tailor our services to adjust to our expanding membership needs. Our dedicated 16+ Trustee who does a fantastic job of this is Jacky Mackenzie.

Meet Jacky:

I am Jacky and my partner is Peter, we have four children Miles (20), George (16, DS), Amber (15) and Freya (15) yes twins! George is a confident fun sociable active young man. He has just started 6th Form and loves it. I have been a trustee for 3 yrs and look after the Secondary Aged group and the emerging 16+ group. SSDS training courses have been invaluable to us and the activities have helped George develop friendships over the years. I have been a stay at home Mum for 5 yrs, prior to that I worked for IBM for 26 yrs in various Contract and Financial Management roles. I am also Secretary of George’s school PTA.
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1 month ago

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A massive thanks to Team Joanna (Mart, Granny, Nanny, Grace, Kim and Geoff), Lottie-Elizabeth Photography, Lister Wilder Agriculture for the loan of Raffle HQ and everyone at T & P Equestrian for all their efforts raising money for Stepping Stones DS at the 2 day Russell Pearson memorial show. Thanks to the generosity of donors, sponsors, competitors, spectators, owners and supporters the event raised a fantastic £2617 for SSDS! This is a fantastic achievement and will go towards the cost of 40 of our members having therapeutic riding sessions at Horse-Ology over the coming year. Many thanks to everyone involved. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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Come on England!

We love this photo of one of our member families showing their support.

#itscominghome
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