In October 2011, Step by Step moved into its Crimea Road residence and sparked the change from being an emergency accommodation based charity to offering training, counselling and guidance services to vulnerable young people. Since the opening of the building it has been met with the excited approval of all clients, staff and the local community. The four storey £3.8m building was funded by several grants, DM Thomas Foundation for Young People, helped in funding to fit-out the building.
Crimea Road can accommodate up to 30 young people with single en suite rooms. In addition to this there are training, conference and consultation rooms, a staff office and storage space. Fast forward four years to 2015 and these spaces are utilised for a number of services from Job shop and qualification workshops, to family mediation services, the Cybershed for all technological needs, to facilities to accommodate private and secure counselling sessions from Drugs and Alcohol to drop in advice.
Four years on and the building is a symbol of aspirations and goals that can be achieved. Growing from Aldershot, all expansions have been modelled off Crimea Road. The positive outcomes of having not only a safe and secure building but an environment that inspires and motivates the young people who come to Step by Step for help. Coming from backgrounds where they’ve not always been able to explore what they want to achieve in life, the facilities Step by Step offers have helped in supporting and training young people to follow their aspirations and not be held back in reaching their full potential based on circumstance.
Crimea Road and all its foyers represent more than just a living space. For its staff it’s the satisfaction of improving and changing lives, for its Young People it is home.