On Monday 21st January, Insight Legal paid a visit to the charity to hand deliver the donation, meet the team and young people and understand the important work Step by Step do, to make the lives of young people in Hampshire better when faced with hard times.
It is at Christmas time that they feel particularly lonely and unsupported, but through its “Open Doors” campaign, the charity was able to host a Christmas Day for 245 young people; providing them with a safe place, warmth, gifts and of course a Christmas roast dinner.
Here is what a few of the young people and staff said about the experience;
“All leading up to Christmas I was dreading it, thinking that everyone would be putting a face on and wouldn’t have actually wanted to be here, but instead that wasn’t the case. We had plenty to eat and drink and were treated to a fry up when we woke up. The atmosphere was really good as everybody realised that we’re all in the same position and so we made the most of it. We had a lovely Christmas dinner in which the staff members joined us at the table and ate with us, so it was very nice,” said a young person at the charity’s living at our Aldershot Foyer.
“If it wasn’t for Step by Step my Christmas day would have been on the streets. We were still able to experience Christmas almost as everyone else who did have a home, thanks to donations and support.” said another young person living at its Aldershot Foyer.
“Christmas can be the hardest time for young people accessing accommodation here, I just want to say thank you to everyone in the community for supporting us and helping us to turn one of the hardest times of the year into a festive and happy occasion” commented Richard Holmes – Accommodation Manager
Through the £500 donationmade by Insight Legal, we were able to make a difference to 16 young lives at Christmas.
Step by Step’s Corporate Partnership Manager, Anda Chiu and team member Chloe Wilson accepted the donation from Brian Welsh, Insight Legal Managing Director and Jamie Lawrence, Sales Account Manager.
Based in Aldershot, Step by Step passionately believe in supporting local young people, providing a range of services to help them fulfil their aspirations and reach their full potential; providing accommodation, personal development, opportunities and specialist support services.
Please take a look at its website here and see the work they do 365 days of the year.
There are plenty of ways that other businesses and individuals can get involved in supporting Step by Step, including the popular Sleep Out in June 2019; why not give up your bed for one night and sleep out so that the young people don’t have to?