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.

Find out how you can help support us …


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We have new training courses coming up in the next couple of months: Numeracy, Behaviour and Dual Diagnosis.

Our workshops are open to families, schools, medical professionals and anyone with a desire to learn more about Down syndrome. Although we are lucky to work with some of the world’s leading speakers and trainers we heavily subsidise the training workshops to make them accessible to all.

For more details including dates and how to book, please see the link below. Please also feel free to share this post with anyone who may benefit from our training.

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Planning a fundraising sporting event for SSDS in 2018?

We would love to be involved!

Email fundraising@steppingstonesds.co.uk or comment below and we can supply you with SSDS running vests and give you tips on how to make your fundraising page stand out.

We rely on grants and donations to provide our services, and we truly appreciate all of our fantastic fundraisers.

Thank you for your support!
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Here are two of our members enjoying their riding session earlier today at Horseology.

Horse riding has many benefits for children, including building fine and gross motor skills and core strength. Research even shows that equine therapy can help with speech and language!

For more information on the activities we offer our members, please visit our website:
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There's just five tables left for our Ladies Only Ball 2018 (sorry gents) - tickets are £29 including a 2 course meal, glass of fizz on arrival and dancing till you drop. We're pulling together some great prizes and we're going to have a great night raising £££ for Stepping Stones DS.
We love to have some of our amazing supporters join us.

You can book a table (for 10) by commenting below - if you want to come as a smaller group get in touch and we will see what we can do!T
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Ladies Only Ball 2018

March 2, 2018, 7:30pm - March 2, 2018, 7:00pm

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This afternoon more than 60 families joined us at Hexagon Reading for the pantomime Peter Pan featuring Justin Fletcher.

We had such a fantastic time! Four children from our member families managed to be special guests on stage, and Justin gave SSDS a shout out at the end.

The Panto is our most popular annual event and we are so lucky to be able to see Justin live each year. We hope all of our families had a wonderful time, and we look forward to next year!
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Happy New Year to you all!

We are now back from the Christmas break, and raring to go with our first Stay and Play of the year tomorrow.

We have lots of exciting plans for 2018 so stay tuned. It's going to be an amazing year!
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