Since the inception of Stepping Stones by a group of concerned local people in 1990 in a local manse in Clydebank, the charity has grown over the years to be a mainstay of mental health support for the local population across West Dunbartonshire.
Stepping Stones employs 11 staff and has 5 volunteers.
Counselling services are supported by local universities and educational establishments widening the scope of the organisation across Scotland.
The organisation is user led and draws on members to support the work through Peer Support.
Stepping Stones’ range of individual and group work activities are tailored to the needs of those struggling to maintain good mental health.
Former members of Stepping Stones are encouraged to build on their improving mental health and wellbeing by supporting others.
This promotes a sense of community and responsibility.
They are supported to take on new roles as ‘peer supporters’ or volunteer in range of different areas.
This allows members to ‘give back’ which is enormously inspirational for people new to the services.
Many of those who come into contact with Stepping Stones struggle to maintain control over their lives.
The opportunity to “put something back” and benefit others who find themselves in the same situation is a major source of motivation to them.
Moving into their 30th year as a registered charity, Stepping Stones seeks new ways to support local people’s mental health.
Recently, they increased work with WD Health and Social Care Partnership with a new Bereavement and Loss Support Service.
This new service is really important as communities move into the recovery phase of the Covid-19 pandemic and will offer 1:1 and group support.
Stepping Stones expect most people to receive 1:1 bereavement support before accessing the group options.
Referrals have been coming in since the beginning of January for the new service which will run for two years.
Referrals are accepted by calling 0141 941 2929, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Their YouTube channel has two short videos about the new service, view at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCONdt5ilSIx43ziV039vWsQ
Stepping Stones, Unit A10, Whitecrook Business Centre, 78 Whitecrook Street, Clydebank. G81 1QF.