Celebrating Future STEPS

  • 9 January 2020

We are no longer running our Future STEPS service but are pleased to celebrate everything it was able to achieve.

Last year, Future STEPS Talent Coaches worked with 83 young people and delivered 594 sessions. Since its inception in September 2015, Future STEPS supported a total of 268 young people. An incredible 94% of those who accessed the service showed positive progression towards their goals and aspirations.

Future STEPS was designed to support children and young people (aged 11-19 years old) through one-to-one coaching and mentoring, with a particular focus on working towards goals and aspirations.

Talent coaches would help children and young people re-integrate into the education system, support them with mental health issues, give them tools for dealing with anger management issues, and help those with complex conditions such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Asperger Syndrome and ADHD. They would also offer advice on a wide range of topics, including healthy relationships, sexuality and internet safety.

Bryan and Sarah are just two of the young people Future STEPS supported.

Bryan’s Story

Bryan was referred to Future STEPS for support with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and his resultant anger management issues. He was excluded from school and would often hit his mum, dad and siblings.

Bryan met regularly with his Talent Coach and it was decided that hands-on, practical activities were the best way for Bryan to learn. Together they looked at the effects of Bryan’s anger on the people around him and what would trigger his anger to build up.

During the Future STEPS sessions, the Talent Coach helped Bryan identify the areas of everyday life he struggled with, such as social boundaries, personal space and professional relationships. The Talent Coach helped Bryan understand these social interactions and lessen the frustration he felt when unable to communicate his feelings.

Since working with Future STEPS, Bryan’s parents and professionals have noticed a major improvement in his behaviour. The practical sessions focusing on his anger issues have proven particularly effective, with his mum commenting “he has been a completely different person”.

Bryan has learned a lot about himself and his Autism, but also about navigating the social world around him.

Sarah’s Story

Sarah was just 16 years old when referred to Future STEPS. Her family were known to Children’s Services and Sarah had been witness to domestic violence at home.

Sarah suffered from depression and anxiety, causing her to drop out of college and struggle to even leave the house. Her issues were the result of being the victim of Child Sexual Exploitation by a man she had met online. She needed support with internet safety, relationships, contraception and mental health, as well as accessing education.

The Talent Coach worked on developing a good rapport with Sarah and gaining her trust. She was given strategies to manage her anxiety. While she still struggles with her mental health, she hasn’t self-harmed for a long time. She has found a Saturday job that she really enjoys and been offered a place at college.

We would like to thank all those who helped Future STEPS support young people like Bryan and Sarah, in particular our amazing volunteers, Abbie Royston, John Clarke and Jane Bocutt, who gave up so much of their free time to contribute to the success of the service.