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Fleet speech therapy group has the final word as it wins £5,000 award

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A Hampshire support group for children with Down’s syndrome has secured £5,000 to fund its speech therapy service for the next six months after winning a national award.

Stepping Stones DS was awarded the funding by financial mutual, OneFamily, through its Foundation Community Awards. The annual awards provide game-changing opportunities for community organisations, groups and projects across the UK.

The self-funded group provides development therapy for babies between four and 18 months, and speech and language therapy for pre-schoolers. It currently provides the therapy service to 18 families, and supports over 120 families overall across Hampshire.

The £5,000 award will be used to continue funding Stepping Stones DS’s speech therapist, Becky Baxter, whose many years of experience has been invaluable in helping to develop the children’s social skills before they attend school. It will also be used to secure the venue for the next six months.

Stepping Stones DS was nominated for a Community Award by Karen Powell, a OneFamily customer, whose son attended the therapy groups. Stepping Stones was one of 41 organisations presented with an award in the latest round.

Karen Powell said:

“My son went to the Stepping Stones DS therapy groups, and they had an amazing effect on his speech and behaviour which helped him tremendously when he went to school.

“As a OneFamily customer, I hadn’t heard of the Foundation Community Awards, but when I was made aware of them, I thought it was a great opportunity to secure funding for 2017 for Stepping Stones DS.

“We’re extremely grateful to receive the award, which lets us continue to provide a service that’s so beneficial to our members.”

Karl Elliott, marketing director at OneFamily, said:

“The work carried out by Stepping Stones DS is a vital resource for many families in Hampshire and has a significant impact on the children it supports. All of us at OneFamily are proud to be supporting such a worthwhile community cause.

“Our Community Awards go right to the heart of what being part of a mutual society is all about, directly benefitting our customers and the causes closest to their hearts.

“Our next round of Community Awards is set to launch in Autumn and we’d encourage our Hampshire-based customers to get involved and nominate a cause that’s important to them or those they care about most.”

Through its Foundation, OneFamily redistributes a proportion of its profits back to its customers, to help them to help their families, their communities and those they care about most.  In 2016, 100,000 people directly benefited from Foundation Community Awards.

Over a period of five years, OneFamily aspires to make £5 million available through its Foundation, helping to improve the lives of its customers, their families and communities.

For more information please visit: https://www.onefamily.com/your-foundation/community-awards/