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 have recently updated our Training page with our Training Programme for the 2018/19 academic year.  We have a range of topics available and hope that there is something of interest for everyone, 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

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.

Find out how you can help support us …

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2 days ago

Stepping Stones DS

Happy Valentines Day!

We're having a nostalgic moment as we look back to 2012 when some of our members featured in the Mr Tumble Something Special magazine.

Have a great day everyone.
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1 week ago

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Places are still available on next week's training session:
PROMOTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH DOWN SYNDROME (BIRTH TO SCHOOL AGE).

This comprehensive day will review the learning strengths and areas of difficulty associated with having Down syndrome as well as the evidence to support successful interventions and learning techniques.

The day provides three in-depth workshop sessions; promoting speech, language and communication skills from the beginning; supporting cognitive development and encouraging play skills; and encouraging positive social skills and managing challenging behaviour.

The session provides practical ideas and activities to promote development both at home and in the pre-school setting.

Courses are charged at £15 per member and £25 per non-member. Training sessions will take place in Fleet, however the exact venue depends on the number of delegates attending and will be confirmed nearer the time.

If you would like to book places on any of our sessions, please email training@steppingstonesds.co.uk . Please also feel free to SHARE this information with anyone who may be interested in coming along, places are not just restricted to members.

The session is being delivered by Becky Baxter of LETS Go UK

To view our full Training Brochure follow this link; issuu.com/steppingstonesds/docs/ssds_training_programme_2018-19_-_r
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3 weeks ago

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Last night Sarah, our Chair and Liz (Secretary) were delighted to attend an event and be presented with a cheque for the astonishing amount of £18,000 raised by O2e over the last year. The O2e team and their supporters are a truly dedicated bunch of fundraisers and this takes the amount they have donated to Stepping Stones DS over the last three years to a staggering £68,500!

We are truly grateful for the support we have received, which has given us the financial security to grow, expand and extend our services.
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4 weeks ago

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A massive thank you to Jasmine, a Year 10 pupil at Court Moor School, who organised an auction of local artists' work to raise money for Stepping Stones DS, the school's charity of the year. Today she presented Zoe with a cheque for almost £260. Thank you to Jasmine and all involved. We look forward to working with you over the coming year. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago

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Places are still available on our upcoming training sessions which include;

Promoting the Development of Pre-School Children with Down Syndrome (Birth to school age)
Developing Numeracy Skills for Pupils with Down Syndrome
Speech, Language & Communication (Primary & Secondary)
Sexuality & Relationships – KS2 & beyond
School Starters – An Introduction to Down Syndrome.

Courses are charged at £15 per member and £25 per non-member. Training sessions will take place in Fleet, however the exact venue depends on the number of delegates attending and will be confirmed nearer the time.

If you would like to book places on any of our sessions, please email training@steppingstonesds.co.uk . Please also feel free to share this information with anyone who may be interested in coming along, places are not just restricted to members.

Sessions are being delivered by LETS Go UK, Inclusively Down & Victoria Ralfs

To view our full Training Brochure follow this link; issuu.com/home/published/ssds_training_programme_2018-19_-_r
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1 month ago

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Meet one of our members Harry (6) who was chosen to be Mascot for London Irish at the weekend - Harry brought luck to the Exiles as they won the match!

Great work Harry 🌟
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1 month ago

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What better way to start 2019, and end the Christmas holidays than by watching Justin Fletcher as Aladdin in the Reading Panto.
Over 225 of our members, families and their friends joined us for a fun afternoon, and 3 of our members were picked to go up on the stage and sing along with Justin - what stars!

Many thanks to Michelle for her admin skills in allocating names to seats, and sorting the tickets out.

Wishing all our members and their families, and our supporters a happy new year from Sarah and the Trustees - we're already looking forward to Cinderella next year.
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