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

VOLUNTEER LED

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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Have you got some foreign currency lying around, too little to do anything with? Well Stepping Stones DS can turn it back to £££ to help our fundraising. If you have some coins lying about we'd love to take them off your hands. If you are in Fleet just pop them in the collection tin in More Than Coffee - MTC, or pass them to a member, or comment below. Muchas gracias, asante sana, merci beacoup! ... See MoreSee Less

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Just before Christmas we were delighted to receive a £2000 grant from local Hampshire Country Councillor, Sharyn Wheale, to cover the cost of updating and reprinting our "Our Stories" booklet. For many of our members, this was their first introduction to Stepping Stones DS.

We want to pull together a new series of up to date stories about our members, and what life is like for a family with a child or young person with Down Syndrome. We hope these will reach out to new parents, to help reduce the fear of initial diagnosis and dispel a few of the myths associated with Down Syndrome.

The booklets will be distributed to local hospitals and new member families and will act as an introduction to Stepping Stones DS and the support and services we provide.

Members - look out for an email - we need your help!
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Stepping Stones DS first 2017 challenge event "Dragon Boat Racing",Sunday 14th May".

Think beautiful warm day , think family fun day , think you might get a little wet !!
BUT, it will be a whole day of fun .
So what we need is 20 mums, dads or family friends (over 16 years old) to be part of Team SSDS . All you need to do is commit to taking part and we ask you to raise a minimum of £100 each ... feel free to go all out on the fundraising.
We will set up a central fundraising page .
So if you think you would like to spend a day on the water and have a lot of fun please email me your details to
Foxhula@yahoo.co.uk
So come on team and jump aboard...
Martin and Jo
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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 along with our Mini & Mega Movers activity 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 2 members.

However we would advise that all members attending an activity do check their phone/email/facebook just in case we have to cancel an activity at the last minute, this is only a just in case the snow does hang around and we cannot run an activity,

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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Wonderful riding from group 1 today and well done for braving the rain ☔️ ... See MoreSee Less

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We're absolutely delighted to be one of the charities chosen to benefit from the Community Matters scheme in Waitrose in Fleet this month. If you are shopping there, please do take a moment to pop a green token in the box to support us, just like Isla did! ... See MoreSee Less

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We are delighted to announce that we have won £1000 in the Starbucks and neighbourly Red Cup Cheer competition!

A huge thank you to everyone who shared our posts, tweeted #redcupcheer and joined in the chat on Neighbourly website. There were 250 charities in the competition all receiving £500, with the top 50 who made the most social media "noise" receiving £1000.

The funding will be going toward our Mighty Movers sessions, which aim to help our children develop their gross motor abilities, as well as building confidence and developing teamwork skills.
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Just to remind all Stepping Stones members that we have our Stay and Play session on tomorrow, this is an informal play session for babies toddlers and preschoolers, pop along if you can, and to find out more details please see your emails.

Then at the weekend we have the following activities taking place, on Saturday morning we have our Move It - Mighty Movers activity taking place, then on Sunday we have Horse Riding for Group 1 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

Please remember if you're ever unsure of when an activity is taking place, then take a look at the What's On page on the Stepping Stones website where a calendar is available.

www.steppingstonesds.co.uk/whats-on/
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