The Charity STEPS was established in 1994 to offer free conductive education in the East Midlands, to help children born with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other motor disorders become more physically able and independent.
Described by Ofsted as ‘an outstanding facility’ around 1000 children and their families have been helped by STEPS since it first started.
Since 1994, the achievements of Steps have been impressive. From a tiny group renting a single room in a community centre and working with five local families, Steps, with its team of staff and volunteers, now provides an array of professional services to more than 50 families. Their feedback testifies to the difference which Steps has made to their children’s lives and to the well being and happiness of the whole family.
Achievements to date have been made possible by almost entirely voluntary fundraising activities by our founder Dr Heather Crate, Steps Patron and Trustee, Rosemary Conley CBE DL, and the efforts of other Trustees and a large and growing number of Steps supporters, including staff, volunteers and local families. This activity has also engaged the support of major businesses, charitable trusts, the National Lottery and BBC Children in Need.
Following the raising of over £250,000 in 2006 for the purchase of premises in Shepshed, Leicestershire, a major programme of refurbishment in 2007, supported by ITV Central News, attracted 130 local companies to supply £550,000 worth of goods and services free of charge.
To find out more about Steps please click here to visit the Steps website.