A haven where children
with special needs feel
For 25 years, Step by Step has enhanced the lives of local families with disability in London and across the UK
imbue life skills,
and grant families respite.
Whenever schools are closed.
An oasis of joy
Step by Step provides recreation for children with moderate to severe physical, emotional and learning disabilities, from age two to adult.
We arrange out-of-school activities, sports, day trips and holiday playschemes, helping the children thrive in a fun, friendly setting, while giving their parents a much-needed break from their caring role on days off, like Shabbat, winter holidays, bank holidays and half-term.
What the authorities say about us:
“It’s amazing that such an organisation even exists. You go in there, it’s always calm, warm, friendly. It’s also very well run — but not in an institutional way, and that comes through very much from watching the staff interact with the children. They’re overwhelmingly kind, but they treat them like people, just like I’d treat my own grandson. It’s truly amazing what they do.”
“Staff support children exceptionally well...They spend considerable time getting to know children and their families and are sensitive and responsive to their individual needs... Support for children’s play, development and learning is exceptional in a calm and relaxed atmosphere. Children are developing their confidence and self-esteem extremely well... and solid friendships are formed.”
“Parents have told me that without Step by Step they would not be able to manage the daily needs of their child. Step by Step gives them the break they need to recharge and regain strength to carry on caring for their disabled child.”
Here’s how we maximise our mission:
We are the only organisation of its kind geared to the local Orthodox Jewish community.
What Parents say about us:
“Step by Step has been part of my familyfor the past 12 years. I can’t imagine life without them. I have other kids too and, on Sunday, I like to take them out, which would be impossible if Gershon were home. Their services are a lifesaver for my entire family.”
“I sent Chaya Chani to Step by Step to boost her confidence, improve her social skills and give her exercise through sports. They did a fantastic job. She has tons and tons of friends, she interacts better, she’s become more independent, even goes shopping herself. And thanks to the sports, she’s an excellent swimmer, loves to dance and ice-skates brilliantly — when even I can’t! I’d never have thought it all possible. It’s phenomenal.”
“We wouldn’t be able to survive without Step by Step. They take my daughter straight from school and send her home fed and ready for bed, once my wife has finished everything, like cooking, which is impossible when Chavi is around. During lockdown, they went the extra mile again, sending hot suppers twice a week for the whole family, which was such a help. I’d say they are not just an ‘organisation’, they are here to help in any way.”
“Step by Step are there when other organisations aren’t. Toby throws things across the kitchen table, runs out of the house, and everything stops. The stress levels skyrocket. So the fact that she goes to Step by Step straight from school is an absolute lifesaver and helps the whole family experience some calm and normalcy and allow us quality time together.”
Step by Step in Numbers
children turned away over fees
parallel full-day Sunday clubs
enriching day trips a year
after- school sports sessions a week
days of holiday playscheme a year
hours of after-school care per child a week
volunteers sharing the love
hours devoted by volunteers in 2021
value of volunteer time per annum to the charity (based on London Living wage of £10.75).
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Thank you to our valued supporters for restoring the harmony
in homes with special needs.
What donors say about us:
“I like that it’s a small charity and I can pop in and see where my money’s going. I went down twice with my kids. It’s very impressive how the young ladies volunteer for nothing. You know that your money goes directly to what you intended, a direct benefit to the end user, whereas sometimes with a bigger charity you don’t have that assurance, because your money is used to cover for staff. I’m very happy about my partnership.”