What is your role at Step by Step?
I work as a STEP Worker in our Aldershot Foyer. My role is mainly to support young people in achieving their aspirations and moving forward to more empowered independent living. I like to encourage young people and make them aware of their strengths and also the areas of improvement they can focus on.
What is the best part of your role?
The best part is learning something new every day. Also seeing some amazing talent emerging when young people find stability and grow with the support of our staff. I see young people going on to university, getting jobs or simply developing some self-belief. We are all worthwhile, mistake-making human beings.
What is the most challenging part of your role?
It’s been trying to keep young people motivated during lockdown. They are full of energy and don’t always know how to channel it, especially when they have no places to go or family to go with. Most of them love football, sports, going to the gym, but opportunities for these activities have been so limited.
Why is the work of Step by Step important?
We have an amazing accommodation team that works very closely with young people. We give them hope, encouragement and help them develop structure in their lives. They also learn about boundaries for healthy relationships, both personal and professional. We empower them all the way until they move on to independent living.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I love to walk in nature and have sometimes walked for five hours straight.Donate Today