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 embers 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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Welcome to our new website – we hope you like it – please take a moment to look around and then let us know what you think.

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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Following on from yesterday, we would like to congratulate James Fry, uncle of SSDS member Harry Qualters, on his fantastic marathon effort! A huge thank you for your fundraising for us.

James said:
"I had a great day yesterday, the support from the crowds was amazing and really helped me get through the last few painful miles. The experience was fantastic and I now have a week to decide whether to enter the ballot again for next year!!"

James, we think you should decide YES!

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Congratulations Sarah and Scott! Sophie looks thrilled with your fantastic achievement. We would also like to say a huge thank you for your fundraising - you have raised a phenomenal Β£6838!

Sarah said:

"It was such an amazing experience. Running together and running for such a fantastic cause so close to our hearts was incredible and emotional. When the miles got hard we were both thinking of Sophie so much to get us round. We're overwhelmed with the support we have had, and are so pleased its over and we can now have our weekends with our gorgeous daughter back!!"

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Congratulations Ceri on your incredible PB in the marathon today, and a huge thank you for your fundraising efforts!

Ceri said:

"All the months of running in the rain & cold have paid off. Achieved a marathon PB of 3.35 and got a 'good for age' time so bypass the ballots for a couple of years πŸ˜€ though it was tough going and hotter than forecast!

A huge thank you to all those who sponsored me πŸ‘πŸ» my page is still open if you'd like to still donate."

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Tracking the SSDS runners online - the finish line is not far away now.

Keep going guys! πŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸƒ
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The London Marathon finish is looking πŸ‘ŒπŸ» You'll see it for yourselves soon. #ReasonToRun

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Ceri, James, Sarah and Scott - We wish you all an amazing day tomorrow as you take on the London Marathon for SSDS. We want to say a huge thank you for all of the fundraising and the training you have put in to get to this point. You are all truly inspirational.

For anyone planning to go and watch and support the runners tomorrow, let us know in the comments where you are planning to be so that the runners can look out for your encouragement.

One more sleep!!
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Just to remind all Stepping Stones members that this weekend we have the following activities taking place.

On Saturday morning we have our Dance & Drama activity taking place and then in the afternoon we have our Secondary Tennis activity. Then on Sunday we have a Horse Riding for Group 3 members.

Please see your emails for more details on any of these activities and please remember if you have any questions or need to get in touch about any of our activities please email activities@steppingstonesds.co.uk
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Five days to go until the London Marathon!

To our incredible SSDS Runners: Ceri Burnell, James Fry, Sarah Erskine and Scott Brealey - we are thinking of you all this week, and we wish you all the very best for your last few days before the big event!
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Just five days to go! Here's Khalid Khannouchi breaking the World Record at the 2002 London Marathon πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

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