Our services are free to charge for women living in Luton who have suffered abuse, are vulnerable due to substance misuse, offending, or mental health; or who have involvement with Children’s Social Care. We also run specific services for women living in Bedford and Central Bedfordshire.

Women can either self-refer/drop in or can be referred from a partner agency. If you want to make a referral or come and see us, more information about accessing our services can be found under ‘get support’.

Find out more about our services below:

Parenting

Stepping Stones works with mums and their families to develop parenting skills and confidence and/or supports women involved with Children’s Social Care.

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Childcare

Free of charge sessional childcare in ‘good’ rated Ofsted registered setting on site.

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Abuse & trauma

One to one and group programmes focused on understanding, dealing with crisis situations and moving on from trauma.

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Practical Support

Advice and guidance in relation to the things that matter in your life – whether that’s moving somewhere safe, finding a job, sorting out your money, learning to cook or keeping fit.

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Offending

Stepping Stones works with women who are at risk of offending, or have offended; working with them ask they look to turn their lives around and make better choices for the future.

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Drugs and alcohol

We work with women who are problematic drug users or drinkers and who are looking to make changes to their lives to become healthier and happier.

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Central Beds Stepping Out

Stepping Out was piloted in 2016/17 thanks to funding from Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner. It is no longer running in 2017/18. However, we have successful in obtaining funding from the Government’s Tampon Tax to provide support to women affected by abuse and trauma in Central Bedfordshire. The new programme is expected to launch in Autumn 2017. Further information will be posted as plans progress.

One to One Support

One to one support forms the heart of services provided in Stepping Stones. Every woman accessing the organisation will be allocated a Women’s Support Practitioner, your main point of contact in the organisation.

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Mentoring and Befriending

We work with trained and supervised volunteers who mentor and befriend women – offering a non judgemental chat to discuss how you’re doing, build your confidence and help you think through any challenges you’re facing.

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