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Our approach

Stepping Stone Projects’ support staff work closely with service users on a confidential basis, designing the support around the individual. They act as link workers, supporting service users to help them develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to maintain a stable home and a structured lifestyle before assisting them in the process of securing or retaining permanent independent accommodation.

We are a flexible service provider and take referrals from a variety of sources including housing offices, health services, social services, self-referrals, police and probation.

We work with a broad range of agencies on behalf of our clients and have developed close links with local housing providers and community based health and social services.

Background

The Stepping Stone Project was set up in 1984 after three years of planning and lobbying for funds and premises by Rochdale Voluntary Action’s Standing Committee on Homelessness. The aim of the project was to provide accommodation and support for vulnerable people at risk of homelessness. The organisation is now known as Stepping Stone Projects and is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. The charity is managed by a voluntary Board of trustees who meet on a monthly basis. This in turn has two standing sub-committees that deal with Finance, Personnel and Policy/Development.

Since 1984 the organisation has expanded and now delivers services from Blackburn, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale and Wigan as well as Rochdale.

We work in close partnership with local Strategic Authorities, Supporting People Commissioners and other stakeholders to identify and deliver quality, value for money services.

The types of clients who benefit from our services are diverse and have a range of needs and backgrounds. Our services in Burnley specialise in accommodation for young people with general needs. Our other services accept referrals from vulnerable people with a range of needs which are often multiple. We aim to support people who are vulnerable for many reasons, including (but not exclusively) their young age, leaving care, learning difficulties, mental health problems, offending issues, and drug and alcohol misuse.

Stepping Stone Projects support staff work closely with clients on a confidential basis, identifying their needs and aspirations at an early stage and working with them in a structured way to deliver jointly agreed outcomes. To facilitate this, Support Plans are drawn up with clients and reviewed on a regular basis. Clients are encouraged to participate in group work, which is offered at all accommodation based projects and to participate and feed into the service development plans of the organisation.

The profile of clients often requires staff access to specialist support services therefore staff are pro-active in developing multi-agency and partnership working to ensure that they are acting in the interest of the client. Stepping Stone Projects’ staff are multi-skilled and training plans ensure staff are encouraged to continuously develop their skills and expertise.

Stepping Stone Projects is a flexible service provider and we take referrals from a variety of sources including housing offices, health services, social services, police and probation, as well as accepting self referrals. We work with a broad range of agencies on behalf of our service users and have developed close links with local housing providers and community based health and social services. To provide a single point of contact for all referrals, we now have a Central Referral Team who can be contacted on 01706 646922 or via e-mail at crt( at )stepping-stone.org.uk .