If you are under 18 years old you need to contact your local Children’s services
Hampshire Children’s services call 0300 555 1384
Surrey Children’s services call 0300 470 9100
South Dorset Children’s services call 01305 760139
West Dorset Children’s services call 01305 221450
If you are 18+ you need to go to present at your local council. You’ll need to work out your local connection.
Local Connection is:
- where you have lived for the last 12 months,
- where your parents / siblings or your children live,
- or where you work.
Alternatively, we may be able to refer you directly to Step by Step accommodation via our Launch advice service. Please call 01252 346105 or email email@example.com.
This is dependent on your age (we accommodate 16-21 year olds). You would be referred by a social worker (if under 18), or Local Authority.
You can be referred by Launch advice service. Call 01252 346105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
Young people aged 11 -25 can be referred to our Counselling Service.
Young people are referred through either Children’s Services (under 18) or their Local Authority (18+).
Alternatively, we may be able to refer you via our Launch advice service. Please call 01252 346105 or email email@example.com.
This is dependent on circumstances. Young people will generally be assessed and, where appropriate, accommodated within two weeks.
In emergency situations, it’s possible for a young person to be accommodated on the same day as presenting to their social worker, Local Authority or contacting our Launch advice service on 01252 346105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The length of stay in accommodation services varies according to which type of accommodation a young person is placed in and what their personal situation is. Young people will stay in their placements for between 6 and 18 months.
Young people are supported with moving on from Step by Step services. If they need further support, they will be referred to the most appropriate service to offer that support, if not, they will be moving on with the learning, experience, skills, and tools required to be more in control of their lives and to live more independently.
Young people are referred into our wellbeing services by healthcare or education professionals, or can self-refer via our Launch advice service on 01252 346105 or email@example.com.
As with our accommodation services, young people are directed to their GP / school where a referral can be made.
Young people can also self-refer via our Launch advice service on 01252 346105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a young person needs further support with their well-being after working with Step by Step, they will be referred to one of our partner agencies.
Our specialist support services include:
Launch - any young person aged 11-25 can access Launch for information and guidance, or specialist support for Emotional Wellbeing or Drugs & Alcohol Recovery. Please call 01252 346105 or email email@example.com.
Counselling - young people aged 11-25 can access free counselling sessions. The referral route depends on the county your GP is in. Please call 01252 346120 for more information.
We undertook an assessment of the value of our impact in 2016. The outcome of this was that we discovered that every £1 invested in our work generates £5.60 in social benefit to the community. You can download the report here.
About 78% of our income last year came through Local Authority and Government contracts. Income received in this way is continuing to decrease and our response to this is not to make cuts to our services as this would impact young people detrimentally.
Our response is to aim to increase income received through voluntary sources so that we can maintain our level of service, and to expand our reach to more young people. You can find out more about getting involved with our work here, and you can contribute to our work here.
Generally not. We can sometimes accept brand new items. Please call our fundraising team to confirm: 01252 346107.
Unfortunately not. Storage is at a premium and we purchase new bedding as the need arises. To contribute to this you can donate here.
We're pleased that you're keen to get involved through volunteering. Please visit our volunteer page to find out more.