Back in 1996 a group of driven and passionate parents, carers and business people worked with the health trust to establish Stepping Stones NI. The aim was to provide meaningful training to people with a learning disability so that they had greater opportunities for employment.
We have come a long way since then and are now in our 20th year with our four services at our core. We operate six social enterprises which include four cafes, a bespoke wedding stationery business and a guild commended picture framing business. Each business serves as a realistic training platform for our trainees with 100% of our customers money reinvested to support our work.
Our offer has extended beyond Lisburn in recent years expanding to Downpatrick, Newtownards and surrounding areas.
Over the last 20 years we have been supporting people who face all kinds of barriers to employment including learning difficulties, Autism, ADHD and Dyslexia.
We support young people to make their move from school into further education, training and employment through our Transitions Service. Our Youth Service helps young people 16-24 to develop their social skills, gain training and work experience. Our Training + Employment Service supports people of all ages to gain qualifications and find employment.
We have links with lots of employers and see the real and lasting benefit of our trainees achieving new skills, work placements and paid jobs.
With the the right support people who experience barriers to employment can get a job that they enjoy and stay in that job.
To support people with a learning disability or a learning difficulty to realise their potential for a better future.