We’re looking for young people to help us shape the direction of Step by Step!

Young people are at the heart of everything we do, and we would love to hear your views. Your valuable insights will allow us to support young people in the best way we can.

By joining the Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG), you can make a real difference to your community. As a member of the group you will:

  • Review feedback from the young people we support
  • Help to develop and improve our services
  • Discuss issues that are important to young people
  • Influence the strategy and policy of Step by Step.

You will learn how our charity works and speak to other young people so that you can represent their views and interests.

It won’t take up much of your time – around 1 or 2 hours a month. In return, you’ll gain valuable experience and something interesting to add to your CV.


Do you have what it takes to be a member of YPAG?

Apply using the Online Form, or use the Live Chat on this page for more information.

Who can apply? If you are 14-25 and living in Hampshire, Surrey, West Berkshire and Dorset you can apply to be on the YPAG. If you are under 16, we will need consent from your parent/guardian.

Do I have to know lots about Step by Step? No. We just ask that you are enthusiastic, committed and willing to learn!

Do I have to access a Step by Step service to be a member? No, you don't have to be getting support from Step by Step to be a member.

What will I get from joining YPAG? Joining YPAG is a great opportunity to give something back to support young people in your area. As a YPAG member you will learn how the organisation is run, develop leadership, persuasion and negotiation skills, network and make new friends and contribute to making a significant positive contribution to the lives of local young people. It will also be something great to include on your CV.

How much time will I have to give? The group will meet bi-monthly so you will be required give 3 hours every 2 months.

What happens at meetings? Before meetings an agreed agenda will be circulated. This will include points from the Step by Step's leadership team, service specific points and points raised by members from previous meeting. The meetings will be relaxed and informal. At each meeting there will be members of staff from Step by Step and these will include the YPAG Manager and guest speakers.

Are travel expenses paid? Reasonable travel expenses will be paid by Step by Step. These will be agreed by the YPAG Manager.

Our Work Last Year

1,580

young people were supported by Step by Step services.

407

young people were accommodated by Step by Step.

2,472

counselling appointments were delivered.