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All About STEP

All About STEP

Background and History

Origins of the Project

Stocksbridge has a tremendous legacy in its local steelworks spanning many decades and the works dominate the valley – but the numbers employed are a fraction of years gone by and the town has of necessity had to look to other means of developing its future.
Such a decline in the steel industry has had a long term effect on the local community and local businesses all of whom benefited from a thriving works, but suffer at times of decline.
This was recognised by a group of concerned local residents who saw those at disadvantage in the community suffering at the lack of local services to help and assist.. A Training Needs Analysis – ‘Opportunities for Stocksbridge’ indicated higher levels of unemployment than those officially being reported and a latent demand for additional locally provided education and training provision. It was also recognised that in order to stimulate new business, provision would have to be made for affordable new and local business space and business advice on how to successfully grow small businesses.

Stocksbridge Community Resource Centre

This was recognised by a group of concerned local residents who saw those at disadvantage in the community suffering at the lack of local services to help and assist.. A Training Needs Analysis – ‘Opportunities for Stocksbridge’ indicated higher levels of unemployment than those officially being reported and a latent demand for additional locally provided education and training provision. It was also recognised that in order to stimulate new business, provision would have to be made for affordable new and local business space and business advice on how to successfully grow small businesses.
So, Stocksbridge Training & Enterprise Partnership (STEP), was formed in 1997 to address these issues. It was established as a charity and company by limited guarantee and in 1999 established a local base for its activities by securing funding to acquire and refurbish the disused Stocksbridge Miners Welfare Hall on Manchester Road.
From there it provided a pathways approach to improving local work and educational prospects, recognising that moving straight into a job for many disadvantaged individuals may not be possible as they need to build confidence, skills and experience. The key features of its work were;

  • Fitting services around people’s needs and making them accessible, user-friendly and easy to approach. Addressing problems in a supportive positive way
  • Flexible training courses which offer options including basic skill support, soft skills and accredited computer training.
  • Outreach work to contact those most disadvantaged in the community.
  • Work in partnership with other agencies and employers identifying local labour market opportunities, linking people into wider networks.

In order to diversify the local employment base previously reliant on the steel sector STEP secured further funding to acquire a site and build a new STEP Business Centre at Deepcar, offering 12,000 sq ft of Managed workspace, and access to an on site business adviser.

STEP merged with Stocksbridge Futures Partnership (SFP) in October 2008 to form the new STEP Development Trust, with a broader brief to promote the social and economic regeneration of the area and use the full range of its charitable objectives.

Ethos

STEP is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.

We aim to put the community at the heart  of what we do by helping to build the capacity of local people and local organisations achieve their goals and make a significant improvement in the well being of the town and its inhabitants.

We recognises that regeneration can only work if people who are most affected by it are given the opportunity themselves to steer the transformation.

To date, the membership of the Trust has been restricted by invitation only, with all members acting as Trustees of the Board. However the Board aspires to become more open, participative and accountable to the community, and we are planning new arrangements for membership, election of trustees and governance in line with this ethos.

Plans for this transformation have already commenced and we will post regular updates on the News page of this site relating to how the community will be involved and consulted about this process.

We are committed to achieving equality in all aspects of our operation and opposed to all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination against groups and individuals, believing all should be treated with equal respect.

Mission & Values

In partnership with other organisations, STEP seeks;

“To bring about social and economic regeneration in the area by providing opportunities in employment, education and enterprise for local people, thereby assisting in the development of a viable and sustainable economy.”

Company Structure

 

STEP is legally constituted as a group of three companies, registered in England & Wales;

STEP Development Trust: registration no 3339143

STEP Business Enterprises Ltd: registration no 5079143

The registered office for all companies is located at:
STEP Development Trust
The Venue
650 Manchester Road
Stocksbridge
Sheffield S36 1DY
Tel 0114 2838692

STEP Development Trust is the parent company, with the other two businesses operating the trading activities on behalf of the Trust – all profits being assigned to the Charity.

Organisation Structure

The Board has five Trustees charged with the overall governance and management of the Trust, all of whom are dedicated individuals who give up their time and expertise totally unpaid, for the benefit of the organisation. Their skills and experience enable STEP to represent the community it serves.

Meet the Board

Graham Silverwood
Doug Patterson (vice Chair)
Barbara Horsman
Sam Tarff
Keith Bramall

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