STEPS – Community Bridge Building CBB) and Employment Support
The STEPS service was established in 2001 by Stockton Borough Council and is managed within the Adult Social Care Directorate. The services within the STEPS portfolio provide support to the disabled residents of Stockton-On-Tees to engage in community based activities, vocational training and employment. The individuals supported have a diverse range of needs, including physical disabilities, mental health, learning disabilities and sensory disabilities.
STEPS seek to build on people’s aims and interests; and to support each individual in developing skills and in achieving realistic goals. All referrals into STEPS must be made via Care Management
Who to contact
Where to go
Durham Tees Valley Business Centre
Orde Wingate Way
- TS19 0GA
STEPS provide the STEPS service to support disabled people into:
- College (vocational and non-vocational courses)
- Voluntary work (only where other people with or without disabilities carry out voluntary work)
- Work experience (no timescales are imposed)
- Paid work (full or part-time)
All jobs will pay the same wages and give the same conditions as a non-disabled person doing the same job. Our Employment Training Advisors offer advice, guidance and practical support about training and employment issues for people with disabilities.
We work with people to identify their skills, abilities and development needs. We don't pressure people into accepting any job that is available. We help people find a job that suits them. We also provide advice and guidance to employers of people with a disability. We can help in the following ways:
- Disability awareness advice
- Advice on aids and adaptations
- Support and aftercare service
We help businesses who have not previously employed a disabled person, as well as advising those who have an employee who has recently become disabled. Our support can help employers ensure that their disabled employees are able to stay in the job.
Supported employees must work on equal terms with others. They must be paid the appropriate rate for the job and have the same terms and conditions as other employees in their workplace.
- The service works with employers to provide training and paid employment
- Some employers will provide unpaid 'work trials' for disabled people. These will be assessed and monitored
- These placements are used as a way of creating up-to-date work experience for a person, and give a clear assessment of the person's and the employer's support needs
- The service works with Employers when they employ and pay a disabled person
- Contact Telephone
- 01642 524525
- Contact Email
- Local Offer Age Bands
- Transition to Adulthood