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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We have recently updated our Training page with our Training Programme for the 2019/20 academic year.  We are really excited about the broad range of topics and feel that we are offering something for all of our members, please see our Training page to see this online.

Our beautiful publication “Our Stories” is now available to read online. this publication is for members, for families, for professionals, and for anyone who ever wondered what life might be like with an extra chromosome, please see our New Parents page to see this online.

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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Thanks to everyone who recycles on behalf of SSDS. We recycle crisps and biscuits wrappers, baby food pouches, Tassimo pods and other hard to recycle items. To learn more have a look at SSDS Wombles.A large consignment of crisps packets heading off to TerraCycle UK from Fleet today supporting Stepping Stones DS. Thanks to everyone who ecobricked their packets. It saves us a huge amount of time (remember we can’t do it any quicker than you can!). If you’re not sure what to do see the instructions here tinyurl.com/ssdsecobrick ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

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Thursday 7th November 2019 - Bladder & Bowel UK

We still have places available on our information day which will take place in Fleet, Hampshire.

Davina Richardson, a Specialist Children's Nurse, will look at bowel & bladder health, constipation, toilet training, bladder problems including day & night wetting and available resources. There will also be time for attendees to ask Davina questions.

Members and non-members are welcome so please feel free to share.

Prices are;
Members; £15
School/Nursery staff supporting our members; £25
Non-members; £30

Please book your place using the following link; forms.gle/4GjkB3VbVeaVpFuU8
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5 days ago

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Thank you Hook Fun Run & Road Races!

We were delighted to receive a cheque today for £200 from the proceeds of the Hook Fun Run which took place in May.

We are extremely grateful to all the runners, sponsors, volunteers and organisers for this donation. We are thrilled to be one of the recipients chosen to benefit from the proceeds of this fantastic event. Thank you to Square One, Martins Group & William Grants & Sons, Girvan Distillery. for sponsoring individual races.

Stepping Stones DS supports children and young people with Down Syndrome. We provide a wide range of activities and services for our 157 member families in North Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey including mainstream school outreach, pre-school therapy groups, dance, drama, tennis, 16+ communication groups, stay & play sessions, sensory suite sessions, training and numerous social activities.

Donations make a very real difference to the children and families we support. It costs over £10,000 per month to maintain our current services and every penny comes from fundraising, so support such as this is vital.

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2 weeks ago

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We love our new Stokke Tripp Trapp Chairs - THANK YOU!

A HUGE thanks to those of you who very kindly donated Tripp Trapp Chairs for our little ones to use during Therapy Groups. As you can see, they are delighted with them!

We still need a Baby Set for one of the Tripp Trapp chairs, one for the Baby Dan chair and one for the East Coast chair to ensure the children are safe and secure. If you have one you could spare us please get in touch.

We offer monthly therapy groups to pre-school children with Down syndrome from 4 months until the start of primary school. The groups are provided by Becky Baxter (a qualified Speech & Language Therapist) of LETS Go UK and focus on early development and then developing appropriate communication and speech and language skills.

The new chairs mean that our children can sit independently at a table to work with Becky.
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3 weeks ago

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MOVING TO ADULTHOOD Information day from Down's Syndrome Association - Friday 18th October

We still have a places remaining on this Down syndrome specific information day; non-members also welcome so please SHARE.

This course is for family-carers and staff supporting young adults with Down syndrome who are moving from children’s services into adult services. These transitions are likely to encompass education, health and in some cases, a move into supported living.

Julian will look at;

• What does good transition look like within an education setting?
• Issues around mental capacity for young adults
• What might supported living look like?
• What do I need to know about being an Appointee or a Deputy regarding health and financial matters?
• Keeping healthy in adulthood, managing health issues, guarding against health inequalities
• Resources and where to go for more information/advice.

Training will take place from 09:30 until 14:30 in Fleet. Book your place here; forms.gle/uH7KDo6b2dYzPTr16
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3 weeks ago

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Would you like to raise funds for Stepping Stones DS and have a chance of winning a cash prize?

We are taking part in the Rotary Club of Easthampstead's "Community Christmas Draw 2019". Every ticket we sell, raises £1 for Stepping Stones DS and gives you the chance of winning one of 18 cash prizes, with a 1st prize of £500.

The draw will be organised and administered by the members of the Rotary Club of Easthampstead and will take place at 8pm on Monday 16 December.

If you would like to buy a ticket and be in with the chance of winning a pre Christmas cash prize, please email sarah@steppingstonesds.co.uk, or message us via our Facebook page.
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3 weeks ago

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The first of this year’s Down syndrome specific training events took place on Tuesday evening; parents and nursery staff attended a LETS Go UK Pre-School Speech and Communication session delivered by Becky Baxter.

We’ve had some great feedback; “We had a lovely time at the training with Becky, she was very helpful as usual. We're looking forward to the next training; lots of valuable information’.

The remaining pre-school sessions are;

• Language & Reading - 19th Nov
• Play, Cognition and Fine Motor Skills - 11th Feb
• Developing Early Numeracy Skills - 12th May

Places are available to members and non-members so please share with anyone who may be interested in booking; docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfinlb-Kpz1QmKru2ZMpqO-_1jKHJH8zXUcsbf9KAdiKvoNNA/viewform
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