What is STEP?
Swindon Ten to Eighteen Project is a registered charity, providing a safe and supportive environment for children and young people aged 10 - 18, who are experiencing isolation and exclusion due to either their lack of social skills, personal circumstances or poverty, living in Swindon or the wider community. We will work creatively using therapeutic group work to enable children and young people to make a positive contribution to society through the delivery of life and social skills, with recognition of achievement through accreditation.
Our first priority is your child's welfare and therefore there may be occasions when our concern about your child means that we have to consult other agencies before we contact you. The procedures we follow have been laid down by the South West Child Protection Procedures www.swcpp.org.uk. If you want to know more about this procedure, please speak to the designated person for Child Protection, Paul Dobson - Project Manager.
STEP is for young people who would benefit from on-going group work
- Young people attend a 2 hour session each week around specific themes such as anger management, building relationships and keeping safe
- To start, young people attend an Access Group day session 11am-3pm, to get an idea of what STEP is like and to learn the boundaries
- STEP also runs activities in the summer such as sports days and barbeques
STEP is a voluntary organisation and a registered charity (number 291350). Our staff team, volunteers and young people are involved in STEP because they choose to be. STEP maintains a small and well qualified team of 6 paid professionals whom aid the planning for the future of STEP, administer the projects' and provide advice and support for service-users, all overseen by a Management Committee of 5 adult volunteers.
STEP works with young people to help them build essential skills and to be able to manage their own lives. These skills include assertiveness, anger management, self confidence/esteem, communication and teamwork. STEP provides a range of projects that use activities young people want and agree beforehand, to look at, and deal with, significant issues in their lives.
STEP believes that a small group of young people, staff and adult volunteers meeting on a regular basis is one of the most beneficial environments for young people to discover and nurture their abilities. STEP ultimately believes therefore, that a climate of trust and confidentiality is essential for the provision of its service, and so a set of clear boundaries are adhered to.
The Young People
STEP appreciates each young person as a unique individual and a valuable member of the Project. STEP recognises that young people from the age of ten are in an important developmental stage in their lives and therefore respects their ideas and decisions. STEP works with young people to develop their voice both within the Project and as members of the wider community.
STEP recognises the influence and responsibilities of adults as role models. The actions and attitudes of adult workers directly affect the efficiency of the service. STEP believes that regular supervision and training sessions for all workers and volunteers are essential to ensure the continued vitality and success of the Project.
The Management Committee, the volunteers and the staff all meet regularly. This gives everyone the opportunity to share experiences and learn more about themselves as individuals and as part of a team.
The Wider Context
STEP acknowledges the important responsibilities as an employer and a service provider to all - regardless of gender, race, colour, class, background, religion, status or sexual orientation.
STEP also appreciates the valuable contribution of other agencies to the welfare of young people, their parents/carers and their families.
STEP is an independent charity governed by a constitution, an aim and objectives. These provide essential terms of reference within which the Project can offer its service.
To whom does STEP provide a service?
Young men and young women aged 10 to 18 years at the time of entry into the project. They will have displayed one or more of the following difficulties:
- Low confidence/self-esteem
- Victim of bullying
- Unable to safely manager their anger or express their emotions
- Making un-safe choices / not understanding the consequences of their actions
- Isolation and/or exclusion
- On the fringes of offending behaviour
- Lack of peer group involvement and positive activities
- Behavioural issues
- Needing time for themselves e.g. a break from caring responsibilities
- Lack of positive role models
- Problems at home e.g. family health, financial/housing worries
- Struggling at school / learning difficulties
- Physical impairment
- Relationship / trust issues
STEP is designed to help young people needing additional support in their lives as a diversion from offending and isolation.
STEP is not an appropriate service for young people needing a greater level of support or one-to-one work.