Step Together believes in the power of volunteering as a catalyst for change – in individuals, organisations and society as a whole.
We help people who are excluded from society to participate in volunteering and build a more positive future as a result.
We believe that everyone counts and everyone has something to offer.
Our clients are those at the margins of society, who would not typically think of volunteering as something which they could do, or which could help them to move forward with their lives.
A quarter of our beneficiaries are young people who are: leaving care; young carers; at risk of homelessness; young offenders; teenage parents; or have experienced domestic violence and abuse. The remainder are adults who face significant challenges as a result of: critical injury and trauma; leaving the criminal justice system; drug and alcohol misuse; long-term unemployment; mental ill-health; homelessness; isolation and disengagement with society.
We help people who are excluded from society to participate in volunteering and build a more positive future for themselves.
We do this through one-to-one tailored support, to help clients address their individual barriers and to develop the confidence, skills and attitudes necessary to move their lives forward.
We support people with complex needs
We prioritise those for whom other sources of support have failed or alternative support is simply not available.
All of our clients can be described as having complex needs. We define complex needs as ‘two or more issues affecting physical, mental, social or financial wellbeing’. These may include mental ill-health, problematic substance or alcohol misuse, current/historical offending, long-term unemployment, critical injury and trauma; experience of domestic violence and abuse; and problems finding and maintaining housing.
Our clients are referred to us by a wide range of partner agencies, including local councils, prisons and probation services, employment services, local community groups and support groups, and larger charities such as the St Giles Trust, Riverside, Help for Heroes and the Princes Trust.