Last year, Step ran nine Step Up Days, which included our first ever one at St Helen’s Primary School in Wheathampstead. The day was delivered in partnership with St Helen’s Church, who work regularly in the school. The aim of the day was to help the students with their transition up to secondary school and meet the Step team. The day was a huge success, with positive feedback from students and staff. They even booked a date for 2020 within a couple of days.
The day gave St Helen’s Church an idea to connect with the students once they’d joined Year 7. Once a week, they now host an after-school drop-in just for Year 7s from the village. The first week saw about 40 turn up and a similar number attended the following week. Some of the Step Schools Coordinators are attending these as well to connect with students they met on the Step Up Day and meet new pupils at the schools they coordinate.
The atmosphere was really positive with young people so excited to see students from the other schools. It was a brilliant example of community in action and it bodes well for the future of these young people and the village.
If you are interested in finding out more about this initiative, let us know and we’ll put you in touch with St Helen’s Church.