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Children & Young People · 01:31

Stepping Stone House

  • By Graeme Moore · Australia, APEC


Stepping Stone House

Main aim of the charity

Established in 1989, Stepping Stone House is a not for profit organisation providing medium to long term accommodation and development for young people who are homeless, or who are at risk of homelessness or are living away from their families aged 12 to 24 years old. The aim is to develop their self-esteem, resilience, self-confidence and good health through motivational experiential learning including outdoor education and adventure so that they achieve responsible independence and be the best they can be. They are unique in that young people who live at the Stepping Stone Houses will often stay for years, thereby giving the time necessary to undo the impact the trauma has had in their young lives.

How the employee got involved and why

I got involved in this charity because I believe it is a really beneficial to helping young people that have been either homeless or at risk get back on their feet. The organisation has been very successful in helping young people at risk obtain shelter , education and employment. Through a connection with Stepping Stone House and DHL their representative gave a presentation and asked for driving mentors to help young people get driving lessons and obtain their drivers license, which helps them get employment.This really struck me as a way to get involved and support such a great cause with my experience as a DHL as a courier during my career.

What work does the employee do for charity?

I give driving lessons and life skills to young people that would not normally have an opportunity to get that kind of support and skills.

What impact would winning have on the charity?

Winning would provide funds that would go to keeping young homeless people of the streets and provide shelter , education and other important support systems. Every dollar raised is another day a young person doesn't need to sleep on the streets or go hungry.

What impact would winning have on the employee?

It would give me a lot of satisfaction in supporting this important charity, I don't have a lot of money to give but gladly give my time. DHL has inspired me with their commitment to group responsibility and I feel I can be a part of the companies vision to support our communities with education, shelter and employment.

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