Aims and Charitable objects

To empower every vulnerable woman that walks through our door with the opportunity and freedom to transform her life and the lives of her children and families.

The charity’s objects (‘The objects’) are for the public benefit and are restricted to the following:

to relieve physical and mental sickness and financial hardship and to promote and preserve good health in particular through the provision of support services of any kind for women and their children and families suffering from drug addiction and substance abuse and who may have offended or re-offended or be victims of domestic abuse, living in Luton or such other parts of Bedfordshire or the united kingdom as the trustees from time to time may think fit.

Vision

A society where the unique strengths of women are valued as being essential in helping to build healthier and stronger communities.

Mission

Stepping Stones Luton is an innovative woman centred service that is driven by passion enabling vulnerable women to transform their lives and reach their full potential. We empower and inspire women to make positive choices, creating a better future for themselves, their children, their families and the communities in which they live.

Values

Everyone within Stepping Stones has a shared understanding of the core values within which we work. This begins at recruitment stage and is followed through and modelled throughout the service to women and each other.

Guiding principles

Our guiding principles underpin all we do and deliver within the organisation:

  • Gender: A service that acknowledges that gender makes a difference.
  • Environment: safety, respect and dignity.
  • Relationships: policies, practices, and programmes that are relational and promote healthy connections to children, family, significant others, the community and supervision.
  • Services and supervision: Addressing drugs, alcohol, domestic abuse and mental health issues through comprehensive, integrated and services.
  • Socioeconomic status: Providing women with opportunities to improve their socioeconomic conditions.
  • Community: To partner with other key lead services in providing support and services to address unmet need and overcome barriers.

Values

1. Safety

  • We ensure the physical and emotional safety of women in providing an environment that is welcoming, comfortable and inviting.
  • We create an atmosphere that encompasses women’s needs for safety, respect and acceptance creating a sense of belonging.

2. Trustworthiness

  • A multi-dimensional team that models openness and trustworthiness whilst maintaining appropriate boundaries.
  • A wraparound service that understands each woman in the context of her life experiences and cultural background.
  • A high quality and experienced team who are empowered through shared ethos and values.

3. Choice

  • A service that provides equality in participating, by emphasizing choice and control.
  • We give clear and appropriate information about the choices and options available.

4. Collaboration

  • Women are experts by experience and therefore we listen and involve them to strengthen our knowledge and improve the quality of our service.
  • We respect and understand the realities of women and address and respond to their strengths and challenges.

5. Empowerment

  • We respect women’s ability to change with the right support at the right time.
  • We seek to empower women, recognizing strengths and building skills.
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