Our Christmas fundraising appeal is back! Open Doors 2023 asks members of the public, companies and community groups to help us support young people over the festive period and beyond.
Christmas is an especially tough time for a young person to be homeless, with reminders everywhere of the families and celebrations they can’t be a part of. But that doesn’t have to be their future.
Each year, Step by Step supports over 1,300 young people aged 11-25 with accommodation, counselling and wellbeing services. Last year, this included 19 year-old Stevie.
Stevie became homeless after fleeing emotional abuse. We were able to offer her a stable, caring home, and a Christmas without the usual conflict and fear.
“My first Christmas at Step by Step, I just sat there and soaked in the atmosphere. I couldn’t believe this was my life now.”
The Open Doors appeal aims to help more young people like Stevie by funding essential services, not just at Christmas, but throughout the year. Just £33 could support for a young person for one night.
Debbie Moreton, Step by Step CEO, commented: “Our Open Doors appeal makes a genuine difference to some of the most vulnerable young people in our community. It’s truly touching to see these young people enjoying themselves at Christmas, especially knowing what the alternative might have been.”
If you would like to donate to Open Doors, please visit www.stepbystep.org.uk/opendoors.