StEPs is a local Hertfordshire enterprise supporting vulnerable children and young people in our community.
We work with children from 5-19 (age 23 with special needs) delivering programmes and interventions to improve mental health, self esteem and therefore improve life chances for these children as they mature into more balanced adults.
We work with those who come from an environment of domestic abuse, drug or alcohol misuse and poverty. Children who live with drug and alcohol abuse are much more likely to lack the emotional tools to cope and be resilient when faced with challenge, therfore often becoming users themselves. With our support and intervention programmes we can help provide these basic tools to help children and young people cope and feel like they have somewhere or someone to turn to.
Poor mental health is an ever growing problem in our society and within Hertfordshire, which many believe to be a pleasant, middle class County, there are pockets of extreme depravation and children suffering with no social or emotional guidance. Through our strong links with schools we are able to work with these children. A programme of intervention for a child costs just £500 for a year of support, training and assistance. We want to be able to support 20 children over the next year and make a real difference. Whilst working with these children we are able to break down barriers with the adults in the home and on many, many occasions, after a lot of intensive work, been able to help the parent/parents in the family get help for their own issues. This holistic approach to the whole family and the ability to signpost to other agencied who can help is the backbone of our support.
We know these programmes work - we have the evidence from years of working with these young people. We are passionate about making a difference and building communities and would be very grateful for any help and support we can get.