STEPS Charity aim to make a big impact in the lives of those we work with and the communities we work in. While we primarily work to help people with a disability realise their potential, we have plans to grow and promote other forms of equality through our commitment to make a difference by providing opportunity. We’re always looking for new ways to do this and new partners in which to collectively drive good change.
STEPS Charity is the charitable arm of STEPS Group, a national not for profit organisation that has been supporting people with disabilities throughout Australia for more than 30 years.
STEPS’ humble beginnings were sparked way back in 1989 when a group of parents, all of whom had a child with a disability, felt there wasn’t enough support in place to allow their children to achieve true independence.
Like all parents, that small group of mothers and fathers wanted nothing more than to see their children grow into happy, fulfilled individuals ready and able to take life by the horns. So they did something about it! United in their passion, STEPS was established, and more than 30 years on we’re still here working to empower individuals and create a positive impact in our communities.
Formed in 2011 to ‘fill the gaps’, STEPS Charity raises funds for projects with no available government funding that provide vital support for people who have been left to fall between the gaps of various government support programs.
STEPS Charity’s largest project was the construction of STEPS Pathways College which saw the community come together to build a facility where young adults with a disability have the opportunity to further develop the skills needed for a life of independence. The College opened early in 2017 as the first education centre of its kind in Australia designed specifically to teach life skills for independence in a way that transforms lives for students and their families.
STEPS Charity continues to support STEPS Pathways College through fundraising and community partnerships that ensure a brighter future for young people with a disability.
STEPS Charity also supports local families, children and young people living with autism through STEPS Autism Treehouse, providing access to resources, life skills programs, education and social events.