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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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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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 our Dance Workshops for our Secondary aged members, then in the afternoon we have our Secondary Tennis activity. Then on Sunday we have a Horse Riding for Group 4 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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The next Stay And Play is Friday 3rd March from 9.45am.
It will be lovely to see lots of you there as we will be welcoming some guests and hope to take a few photos. Sharyn Wheale, local County Councillor and long term supporter of SSDS, who recently gave us a grant which is covering the cost of the updated Our Stories will be joining us. Also visiting will be the Manager and Community Champion of the local Morrisons store. They are representing the Morrissons foundation who we are delighted to tell you have just confirmed a grant of £5000 to cover the cost of Dance and Drama for a year.
As always it's a great opportunity to have a chat and catch up with other parents. Hope to see you there.
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A huge thank you to Anglian Home Improvements for their donation of £500 as part of their 50th anniversary #50for50 campaign.

Martin Rutter, Divisional Managing Director for Anglian Home Improvements South, said: “Stepping Stones DS stood out to the judges for the invaluable contribution it makes to the local area, and we were delighted to announce it as one of our #50for50 winners."

A big thank you also to member Simon Champion who nominated us for the competition.
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Back in 2012 a few of our members, and their siblings, took part in a rather special Valentine's Day craft session and photo shoot for Something Special Magazine. Don't they look tiny! ... See MoreSee Less

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Calling all keen golfers!

Source Supplies are holding their annual charity golf day on Thursday 11th May at Camberley Heath Golf Club, in support of amazing charity and SSDS supporters O2e.

For more information or to book your place please email sophie@sourcesupplies.co.uk.
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Fancy a cracking day out, meeting some Stepping Stones DS families and raising a few pennies?? Well we need your help! On Sunday 14th May we have entered a team in the Portsmouth Dragon Boat Festival and now we need to fill the boat. You don't need to be a member, there is no entry fee, all we ask is that you raise a minimum of £100 sponsorship. See the link below for more information and email fundraising@steppingstonesds.co.uk to reserve your spot!

www.portsdragonboatfestival.co.uk/

Please share and let's get this boat on the water!!
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This weekend we have welcomed our 129th and 130th members to Stepping Stones DS. We look forward to getting to know them and their families, and supporting them on their journeys. ... See MoreSee Less

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This is Sophie and her Mum, Sarah, this is their story...
"In August 2016 we become the very very very proud parents of our extremely beautiful daughter Sophie. Shortly after Sophie's birth we were told she had a little something extra....an extra chromosome, to be precise. The diagnosis that Sophie has Down Syndrome came out of the blue, so we were extremely lucky to discover that Stepping Stones DS is very local to us.

We consider ourselves extremely fortunate that our family are already benefitting from the services and activities that Stepping Stones DS can offer, and wanted to find a way of supporting such an amazing group…..

As luck would have it, the postie arrived in October with not one, but two ‘You’re In’ magazines for the London Marathon 2017. We’ve both had to start from scratch with the training, so the finish line looks a long long way away"

A massive good luck and thank you to Sarah and Scott! If you would like to support them you can do so via the link below.

uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/scottandsarah

If you would like to take part in an event to raise money for Stepping Stones DS get in touch with us fundraising@steppingstonesds.co.uk
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