Stepping stones to independence - Stepping Stone House

We help young people at risk to build a brighter future through a proven model with successful results. Our ‘Stepping Stones to Independence’ model is unique and differentiated. There is no other out-of-home care service that provides care and education all the way from adolescence to young adulthood, and beyond!

Through a combination of motivational learning, mentorship, adventure education and charity work, our unique model helps young people develop life skills such as self-esteem, resilience, self-confidence and good health.

By focusing on long-term learning frameworks and outcomes, our vision is to empower young people to fulfil their potential and build a happier, brighter future.

Our residents move through the following Care Programs, in a nurturing, drug and alcohol-free environment:

Residential Care
Our Residential Care house is staffed 24 hours a day with a highly qualified and experienced team that provides a safe and secure ‘home away from home’ for our young people. Through therapeutic care, mentorship, counselling and adventure education, our residents develop life skills, become emotionally resilient, and complete their education.

Semi-Independent Living
Once residents develop the necessary life skills, they move into our Semi-Independent Living house: an adjoining self-contained 3-bedroom house. The aim of the Semi-Independent Living program is to empower young people to pursue further education, secure employment and live semi-independently, and our team check in on them daily.

Independent Living
Graduates from the Semi-Independent Living program(me) move into the Independent Living house, located just down the road. The Independent Living residents are mentored while engaging in steady employment, training or studying. The aim of the program is for young people to develop financial independence and life skills.

Once our young people graduate successfully from Stepping Stone House, our dedicated team continue mentoring those who stay in touch, helping them stay connected with their friends and mentors.

The Alumni program provides the opportunity for Stepping Stone House alumni to ‘pay it forward’ and help current residents; by becoming mentors and role models, or by taking on other volunteer roles like speaking at events or supporting building maintenance.