Sleep Out

Step by Step is a youth charity based in Hampshire operating across  the Step by Stepsouth of England. The charity not only provides accommodation to prevent homelessness, but offers counselling, training and life skills development to ensure a more stable future for young people.Their latest report can be downloaded here.

Thank you to everyone who supported Step by Step’s “Sleep out At Yours” on the 9th October and who donated in Church and to the appeal online. The donations of food and toiletries which filled nine crates was hugely well received at Step by Step headquarters In Aldershot. Over £300 was donated online and through the collection. The goods and money will support young people who are presenting at the Foyers who need both secure shelter and help.

The Charity supports young people whose lives are disrupted or are homeless has continued to operate and provide vital services during the pandemic and lockdown. In addition to providing accommodation at Foyers and hosted lodgings, Step by Step has continued to provide counselling and advice remotely and at the “Front Door”.

Referrals for accommodation and help have increased by 80% since the beginning of lockdown because:-

Many young people have been forced to move because family members have been forced to self-isolate or shield and have no alternative accommodation.

Disruption in their education and development plans combined with domestic dislocation amongst young people has impacted young peoples’ mental health and wellbeing.

Young workers employed in retail and hospitality, many on zero hours contracts, have been laid off. Their prospects for getting back to work are bleak. 

Step by Step is making provision to continue with their services over the next phase of lockdown and work in conjunction with government agencies and charities to support young people through this difficult period. Your generosity will give young people the support they need for their survival through difficult times. Thank you.  See their website here .