Step Together offers 1:1 support to 16-25 year olds with multiple complex needs to change their lives through volunteering. We work with charities to create supportive and unique placements bespoke to each young person we support. The model is open-ended and very person centred.
The way it works is that we meet the young person initially with the referrer, then we work with them in the community to help find out what they are interested in, showing them around different projects and building their confidence. Once we set them up with a placement we stay in contact for as long as they need, we can also attend their initial voluntary shifts to support them until they feel confident to go alone. The idea is that all of our clients move on to volunteer independently. We can also help them find multiple placements, and they can re-engage with the project as many times as they need to. Finally, we have a small bursary to buy any equipment they might need for their volunteering, such as work boots, a uniform deposit etc.
Placements so far have included laser-cutting, robotics, permaculture, bee keeping, catering, LGBTQ+ support, youth work and more. They can be as regular or as flexible as necessary for the clients. Please be aware that it is up to the placement to reimburse expenses, but we will reimburse any travel expenses and refreshments for our 1:1 meetings.
If you think you might have a client who fits our criteria (NEET, 16-25, multiple complex needs, limited supportive networks) then please get in touch and I will send you a referral form. Also, please contact me if you are looking for volunteers and think you would be able to provide an interesting and unique experience to one of our clients.