Stepping Stones Project Workers support young people based on their personal needs, helping them to achieve their full potential and to develop skills through non-formal education activities within a universal youth work setting.
Project Workers support young people by offering:
Stepping Stones is not time-limited, allowing each young person to engage in conversation and activities which interest them, for as long as they need. Our Stepping Stones Project Worker can provide additional focused support time with individual young people in addition to their participation in universal youth work activities. This additional focus includes setting and reviewing personal goals with the young person.
Stepping Stones works alongside schools, social work, and other youth and community-based organisations to ensure support is focused on those who need it most. Young people can get involved by contacting the Stepping Stones Project Worker in their area or can be introduced to Stepping Stones by a trusted adult (teacher, nurse, parent etc.). If a young person is under 16, a parent or legal guardian will be asked to complete a registration form which they will receive from their Project Worker.
Stepping Stones is developed and run by the award-winning Scottish Borders Youth Work Partnership. The project has been funded by National Lottery Community Fund since 2018. The Youth Work Partnership is made up of seven lead locality based universal youth groups, together with YouthBorders.