Experience Step up, safe space CIC
Working Towards a Brighter Future
At Step up, safe space CIC, wellbeing is at the forefront of what we’re working together towards. Our programs and activities are designed to be a catalyst that helps community members. Learn more about the positive impact we have and join us in bringing about positive change.
We aim to address practical needs with food, clothes and small household goods. We are a non profit making organisation run by volunteers.
SUSS uniform recycling project was recently awarded a grant from Hampshire County Council, Waste Prevention Team to set up a brand new pop up free used school uniform service for our local area. This is great news as it means we will be able to buy a pop up gazebo, airtight storage crates and folding tables so we can make the events much more flexible and accessible for everyone. It will also mean that we should be able to help more families and encourage recycling of clothing, shoes, book bags etc. This is especially important given climate change and the fact that the New Forest District Council has very recently declared a climate emergency. Our ambition is to create an environment where recycling uniforms becomes the norm for every family and we hope that our new pop up events will help this.
We are aiming to launch this service in February 2022 half term, then throughout the year, primarily in the school holidays and half terms.
This will take a lot of time and effort and currently we only have a small number of volunteers. Given we are now being supported by Hampshire County Council with funding, we are looking for volunteers to help organise and run the events, sort and label all the items. If you have a few hours to spare we would love to hear from you.
We are always looking for used logo’d uniform items so please bear us in mind if you have any- please remember that we do not charge families for any items - they are free for everyone.
We are very excited about this new service and are keen to get going- please do contact us if you can help in any way- we look forward to hearing from you!
We also can provide individualised self-sooth and sensory boxes for adult and children with sensory disorders.
Background and our history:
We are a community support group, primarily in New Milton, but covering all surrounding areas, called Step up, Safe Space, we formed in November 2020 and became a community interest company on the 19/01/21 our number is: 13143815.
The Directors background is as a family crisis support officer and two main volunteers who support in the running and development of the group have vast experience of public health nursing and in early years care and education.
To offer advice re obtaining support on unmet health issues, including mental health issues, ensuring food needs are met adequately, ensuring all safeguarding issues including domestic abuse concerns, are referred to the appropriate agencies within national guidelines. The group has a designated safeguarding lead.
To encourage recycling and reusing.
To also offer practical support with referrals to other community groups, like the New Forest basic food bank. To ensure all donated food is effectively delivered to those in need and donated food is not wasted. This includes delivering to those currently in isolation and those currently suffering from the virus. And other support services including dropping off shopping and collecting and delivering prescriptions.
To also promote community cohesion with a sense of community pride, by enabling easy donation of quality goods from the local community. These are distributed to those that would benefit from the donations, across the area by members of the team. These donations are food, clothes, all baby and children’s items and small household items ( electrical items are PAT tested.)
What We Do
Making A Difference
Furthering our cause is the most important goal of our organisation. We seek to support, empower, and provide high quality resources to our community in a safe and secure environment. Our success isn’t measured in terms of wealth or profit margin, but by the value we provide to those we serve.
Food, household and clothing Donation Drop-Off
Accepting food and toiletries, household and clothing suspended. Please make contact on our Facebook Group 'step up, safe space' 🫂 to donate
With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with this challenge. Food Donation Drop-Off is something that we take very seriously, and our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact. Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause.
SUSS Reuse uniform recycling project
Free school uniform (good used/new) available
1.4 million wearable School uniform items are thrown away each year, this is such a waste that we feel is avoidable if a recycle project is offered and utilised to its full potential, with the support of Hampshire County Council we will be providing pop up uniform events (see upcoming events tab) or contact us via email or our Facebook page. Local drop off and collection points available.
SUSS Sensory and self-sooth boxes
*Self sooth box
*Mental health crisis box
The SUSS box is a project was designed to enable sensory support to individuals these can be a particular benefit during times of distress.
The items in the box promote distraction, emotion regulation, self-care and self-soothing. The SUSS box is a positive asset to anyone who suffers from distress as of a result of the following: ASD,ADHD, Mental health issues and stress. These boxes are expensive to make and rely a lot on public donations. Please contact for pricing.
“One is not always happy when one is good; but one is always good when one is happy”