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

Our Semi-Independent Programs have staff available every day and are located close to one of our 24 hour programs to ensure support is always close by. The aim of the Semi-Independent Living program is to empower young people to pursue further education, secure employment and ease them into responsibility and independence. 

Independent Living

The Independent Living Program supports young people to maintain a tenancy in their own home out in the community. Young people have regular contact with case workers and are supported until they have the skills to adequately manage by themselves. This step of our care model ensures that young people are truly ready to live independently and responsibly and helps to break the cycle of youth moving in and out of homelessness services.


Once our young people graduate successfully from Stepping Stone House, our dedicated team continue mentoring those who stay in touch, supporting them to 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 to become mentors and role models, or by taking on other volunteer roles like speaking at events or supporting building maintenance.