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, South East Berkshire and West Surrey. The group provides a wide range of support, activities and services for members and their families. All of these 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 has an active and involved volunteer base and is a self funding organisation. For information on how to join Stepping Stones DS please see our New Parents page

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Due to the Covid-19 coronavirus, Stepping Stones DS activities have been changed, cancelled or postponed. Please call the office on 01252 417014 or email enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk for more information. Thank you.

SUPPORT US

Get behind Stepping Stones DS in these challenging times and support our Virtual Marathon as part of the #twopointsixchallenge! We are hoping to raise £5,000 to help fund our services which include speech and language therapy, sporting and social groups.

Find out how you can help support us …

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2 weeks ago

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Did you know that you can raise funds for Stepping Stones DS by taking part in the Rushmoor Community Lottery? Play this autumn and you could WIN A FAMILY FOREST STAYCATION and be in with a chance of winning the £25,000 JACKPOT!

When you purchase a £1 ticket, 50p comes directly to Stepping Stones DS! A further 10p goes into a central fund to which SSDS, and other local good causes, can apply to receive a grant of up to £1000 from. The remaining 40p provides the prize pot and administration costs.

To learn more or buy your ticket(s) go to our page www.rushmoorlottery.co.uk/support/stepping-stones-ds
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2 weeks ago

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Access to Down syndrome specific ONLINE PRE-SCHOOL NUMERACY TRAINING starts today and will be available until Monday 21st September. We still have spaces available, if you would like to book please click here: forms.gle/hfJKj7itkM6Z2C9S9

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2 weeks ago

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Are you passionate about supporting children with Down syndrome AND keeping harmful waste out of landfill?

We have a programme that does both and urgently need a volunteer (or small group of volunteers) to keep it going…

With the support of a large team of ‘Wombles’, you would be the lynchpin that holds it all together. Liaising with the recycling company, coordinating the volunteer days and promoting the programme on social media.

If you would like more information, please get in touch.
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2 weeks ago

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VOLUNTEER NEEDED

Are you passionate about supporting children with Down syndrome AND keeping harmful waste out of landfill?

We have a programme that does both and urgently need a volunteer (or small group of volunteers) to keep it going…

With the support of a large team of ‘Wombles’, you would be the lynchpin that holds it all together. Liaising with the recycling company, coordinating the volunteer days and promoting the programme on social media.

If you are interested or would like more information please email enquiries@steppingstonesds.co.uk
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2 weeks ago

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Yesterday saw the return of 16+ Social Communication Groups, funded by Stepping Stones DS and delivered by LETS Go UK. Becky and Jo were pleased to see our members in person again after a summer term of Zoom sessions!

The focus for yesterday’s group was social distancing and the communication skills needed to stay safe. Our young adults practised mask wearing, discussed how to tell people when they get too close and targeted communication issues when wearing a mask.

We are delighted to welcome back our young adults to the fortnightly in-person groups and look forward to the next one.
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3 weeks ago

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Last term, Stepping Stones DS subsidised online training for school staff new to working with pupils with Down syndrome. Training was delivered by Becky Baxter and Sarah Holton of LETS Go UK and was very well received:

"Thank you so much as I now feel more able to support our pupil."
"I found this training session very interesting, informative and helpful to my role."

LETS Go! are running a similar online course again this term which launched today . . . schools who had not yet assigned staff for the autumn term might find this useful.
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