STEP Norwich (Standing Together Empowering People) is a non-labelling registered charity, limited by guarantee. The key objectives of STEP ( a charity delivering outcomes in both Norfolk and Waveney/Suffolk) are to provide practical and emotional support to families and individuals to combat the worst excesses of poverty, to build social and emotional resilience and to improve physical and mental wellbeing.
"I am very passionate about the STEP project as it helps people achieve their full potential. I have found their courses life changing."
"STEP is an important group as it gives people the chance to talk and meet in a safe and friendly place."
"Everyone at STEP is friendly and caring, they are always willing to listen and talk through our problems. They have lovely food! The groups they run are very interesting and informative as well as fun."
"What STEP means to me is friendship, companionship… a chance to get together with friends in a comfortable environment. A listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, support in times of need and a wonderful sense of belonging."
"Since joining STEP I feel like I have a future again."
HISTORY – 10 years on…
STEP was set up in 2006 by a group of like-minded people who cared about their community and the most vulnerable who wanted to ‘roll up their sleeves’ and to help make a difference to the lives of many who were struggling and trying to escape a life of abuse, domestic violence, addiction and/or exploitation. It was recognised that with the changing economic landscape and as austerity started to bite that the situation would possibly worsen.
As time went on and from evaluations and research it was considered that the project should grow and deliver outside of Norfolk into Suffolk. The blue print for STEP was used to the setting up of Sharel@Step in Beccles, Suffolk, for example the management and Trustees structure (all volunteers, all actively involved in participating in the activities as well as being the accountable body) would take the opportunities by delivering emotional and practical support to the community of Beccles offering our first Community Outreach/Enterprise in a Market Town.
We have recently received two financial awards from local Charity Foundations, which means we can expand our furniture department to additional premises, cost effective for the next stage of our Charity development...
This relief carving was designed by Cathy Stables. It is made from one board of Lebanon Cedar. The birds were carved and painted by the girls from Norwich 'Step' project...