STEPS to 16 operates in the setting of a small centre with a small group of young people so it has a real family feel.
Young people who attend STEPS may be coping with problems in their personal lives and because our staff get to know all the students well, they become attuned to their moods and their highs and lows.
Morning tea and toast as students arrive is also a time to observe if any students seem to be particularly worried or unhappy and might need extra attention that day.
We sit down to lunch together and students take turns to work with a member of staff to prepare the meal, which often serves as a way to build good relationships and trust.
We have a number of volunteers supporting young people in various ways and we also have a team of volunteer mentors. We encourage every young person to link up with a mentor so they have someone independent who is not in any position of authority that they can look to for friendly encouragement and support.
Mentors will also offer to keep in touch with young people once they have left STEPS.
To find out more about STEPS to 16 call our Woking Learning Centre on 01483 487037.