There are many ways you can use your own time, your shared interests, and your connections to get involved with Step by Step.
Whether it’s a coffee morning or a 10 mile run, fundraising is better with others! It doesn’t matter if you’re more interested in gathering your friends for a pub quiz or hosting a mad hatters’ tea party in your front room, we are here to help you every step of the way.
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STEP BY STEP HARVEST FESTIVAL
This autumn sees the return of Harvest festival and we are asking local schools, churches and other community groups to get involved in the fight to end and prevent youth homelessness.
Last year we helped over 3,000 young people to take positive steps towards overcoming homelessness, including 425 Step by Step residents. A safe, warm and stable place to live is the first, crucial step for every young person facing homelessness.
When a young person comes to Step by Step, they receive personalised support from our highly trained staff. We empower young people with the right skills to overcome barriers and break the cycle of homelessness. The average length of stay within our Foyers is 18 months, during this time they work on building sustainable foundations to progress towards independent living.
Young people have often told us that learning practical skills is really important to them.
For many young people living in our shared accommodation cooking is an alien concept. Having been homeless in the past or not having had anyone who took the time to teach them, many of the young people we support lack the confidence to cook from scratch. Many relying on expensive and often unhealthy ready meals – some will go regularly without food.
By linking up with food charity, Fareshare, that encourages supermarkets to donate their surplus food, we can provide quality meals and, more importantly an opportunity for young people to get together to share a healthy meal they have created together. As the food donated each week from local stores is varied, young people have the opportunity to understand how to create healthy home cooked meals and are encouraged to try new things. When not relying on the free food donated by local supermarkets, young people learn to eat on a budget of £12 a week.
Budgeting is also a major issue for most young people and the ability to cook and shop effectively can have a big impact on this. Teaching these skills is an important part of moving young people towards independent living.
This is why we are asking our community to do something different this year to support our Harvest appeal.
As an individual, you could make a £12 one off donation and pay for a young person’s meals for one week.
As a school, a Church or a community group, you could get involved and organise a sponsored “Sleep Walk”. Gather up your students, parishioners or members and together walk 570,000 steps which equates to the distance across our services in the South East.
We will be able to provide you with a fundraising pack and support you every step of the way.
Get in touch if you would like to get involved:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 01252 346107
We have a dedicated team member here at Step by Step whose role is to support members of our community in their fundraising with us. She’s a mind of ideas and information, and can offer guidance with organising and promoting your fundraising activity; from a cake sale to a triathlon.
With 1 in 100 young people now expected to experience homelessness, unemployment rates being three times higher in 16-25 year olds, and with 75% of all mental health problems being established by the age of 24, our work with young people has never been more important. Through the support of people like you, our community fundraisers, we are able to continue our mission; empowering young people and preventing homelessness.
Demand for our work is greater than what we can currently offer to young people in our area, despite us having grown as a charity over the last five years. This means that we need to raise more money every single year to support the increasing numbers of young people who need us.
Last year over £140,000 was raised through people like you doing small things like hosting a harvest supper or an afternoon tea, big challenges like trekking the Camino Way or undertaking the Grim Challenge, and even wacky things like going bare foot for four weeks. Every £1 makes a difference and so many people found ways to contribute to that huge total last year. Why not be in that number this year?
To get involved with our work here at Step by Step you might like to start by dropping our Community Fundraiser a line to let her know your plans. You may also want to get a bit of inspiration from other by signing up to hear our news, liking us on Facebook, or following us on Twitter.
Whether it’s a personal challenge, or an event with family and friends; a half marathon, a collection at your church service, or adopting us as your Golf Club Captain’s or Singing Group charity of the year, we’re constantly amazed at the dedication and imagination of our passionate fundraisers. Thank you.
Our Work So Far
invested in our work is transformed to £5.60 in social value to young people and the community.
of the young people we support become work ready.
young people accessed accommodation, specialist support, and personal development services last year.