Step Together has been supporting young people with complex needs in England and Scotland for the past eight years.
We work closely with local council leaving care teams, Family Intervention Projects, probation services, local charities, community groups and support groups, and larger charities such as the Princes Trust.
Although the backgrounds and situations of our young clients can be very different, a great many of the challenges they face are similar; these include:
- poor educational outcomes
- inadequate support mechanisms
- low aspirations / lack of motivation
- low self-esteem / lack of confidence
With a focus on building confidence and aspirations, we support young people to find volunteer opportunities that are enjoyable - where they can make new friends as well as learn new skills.
Clients are provided with one-to-one support to address real and perceived barriers to volunteering. In addition to confidence building and mentoring support, this may include help with CVs and interview techniques.
Each young person referred to us receives ongoing support that is tailored to their own needs, for as long as they wish to consider and continue volunteering.
Take a look at this short video showing the positive impact of volunteering for Kieran:
“There is no other service like Step Together Volunteering. The individual support you can offer to vulnerable young people and the care in putting them together with the right projects is critical.”
Kay Carter, Senior Practitioner for Local Authority Youth Justice Services
“I refer young people to Step Together because they respond totally to the individual’s requirements. I know the young person will be listened to without judgement. They will get a response and will not be given false promises.”
Bridget Bassett, After Care Personal Advisor for Community Housing Association
In Dumfries and Galloway, Step Together engages rurally-isolated and marginalised young people in volunteering roles both within and outside of their local communities. Covering all secondary schools in the region, the project motivates and inspires young people to get involved in community volunteering, helping to prepare them for adulthood and employment, broadening horizons and building positive attitudes and aspirations.
"I can’t believe how motivated and engaged these young people are – this has never happened before. Without you this group would not have started and it has become a valuable addition to the young peoples’ support package, giving them skills to help their employability."
CU Thru Group Coordinator, Dumfries
Step Together Volunteering is registered as a Centre for training with Asdan (a curriculum development and awarding organisation) for our young people groups in both Bristol and Manchester. Clients have the opportunity to undertake a short course which helps them prepare for volunteering, develop their skills and improve their overall confidence and self-esteem. Supported by our Volunteer Project Managers, clients complete up to around 60 hours of training on a flexible basis and according to their own abilities.