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


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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Looking for support with behaviour?

There is still space on one of our training courses on Wednesday. Places can be booked by emailing training@steppingstonesds.co.uk

Behaviour Workshop - Secondary Age Plus
Wednesday 21st February from 09:30 until 14:30
Delivered by Nick Barratt of Dimensions

During these workshops, attendees will learn a little about the science of human behaviour and applied behaviour analysis and how this can be applied to children/young people with Down Syndrome. They will go on to discuss what we can do to encourage positive behaviour. Parts of the sessions will function as a workshop allowing time for discussion.

These workshops are being delivered by Nick Barratt. Nick is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst specialising in the field of autism and learning disability, which a particular emphasis on behaviours that challenge. He works for a not-for-profit organisation called Dimensions as its Head of Behaviour Support.

Nick serves on the board of the UK Society for Behaviour Analysis and chairs a professionals’ group called the Applied Behaviour Analysis Forum. He is a member of the Positive Behaviour Support Academy (PBS Academy) and is currently working with professionals and academics to promote research in Applied Behaviour Analysis in the UK.

Nick has a particular interest in skills-based intervention for behaviours that challenge, organisation-wide behaviour support and improving systems that support behavioural intervention.

Our other upcoming training courses are:

Behaviour Workshop - Up to Secondary Age
Wednesday 7th March from 09:30 until 14:30
Delivered by Nick Barratt of Dimensions

Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder- a speech and language therapy perspective
Thursday 1st March from 09:30 until 14:30
Delivered by Leela Baksi of Symbol UK

School Starters - An Introduction to Down Syndrome
Friday 29th June from 09:30 until 14:30
Delivered by Becky Baxter of LETS Go UK

Places are charged at £25 per person, per session. All training takes place at our office in Harvest Crescent, Fleet. Please let us know the course titles, how many places you would like to book, the names of attendees and how you would like to pay.
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Our #ThursdayThankYou this week goes to the Park Road and Old Dean GP Surgeries for their donation of £325, raised in their recent Red Carpet event.

Speaking on behalf of the Surgeries Sharon Aslett said “We are proud to have raised an amazing £325 for such a worthy cause”.

Our trustee Sarah Erskine and daughter Sophie accepted the cheque from the staff.

Thank you to everyone at Park Road and Old Dean Surgeries for your fundraising!
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We’ve just spotted our member Grace in the new Great Ormond Street Hospital campaign! You can read more about Grace and her incredible journey on the GOSH website, and hear from her parents (and former SSDS trustees) Jo and Martin.

Well done Team Elkes! We are so proud of you.
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Grace owes her life to an innovative surgical procedure – a slide tracheoplasty – developed at GOSH, which relies on specialist equipment. Demand for such procedures keeps growing and to keep up w...

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Happy Valentines Day!

We're having a nostalgic moment as we look back to 2012 when some of our members featured in the Mr Tumble Something Special magazine.

Have a great day everyone.
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We know we have a lot of supporters who make a real effort to save their recycling for our wonderful volunteers.

We know there are Tassimo pods, baby food pouches, biscuit wrappers and more, collected and stored, transported in car boots, and dropped off at dedicated recycling points.

Did YOU know that these efforts have raised £1018.30 in the last three and a half months? That is a phenomenal amount!

What is even more staggering is that since 2015 when we began recycling, we have raised over £6000!

THANK YOU ALL. It makes you think about rubbish in a whole new way, doesn't it!

If you would like more information about our recycling scheme please visit SSDS Wombles.
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It's time to say a big #ThursdayThankYou to the businesses and organisations in our local community who have recently made a donation to SSDS.

At their first meeting of the year, Fleet Morning Townswomen's Guild presented our Chair, Sarah Sutton, with a cheque for a fantastic £2606. This generous donation will go towards providing our popular Outreach service.

Read more details in the clipping from the Fleet News & Mail below.

We would also like to thank Bottomline Technologies, Hogsback Chapter UK, Mr Bumble Public House and WH Smith Community fund for their recent donations.

We rely 100% on grants and donations, and we really appreciate the support!
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