WHAT WE DO
We work to support young people aged 16-25 and their families in the Scottish Borders during crucial stages in the young person's life.
We offer low intensity intervention to those suffering with low level (mild to moderate) mental health issues and/or those at risk of developing them.
We support young people going through transitions; high school - college, homeless - sheltered housing, leaving care, working toward independent living.
We believe that as each person is different, so are their mental health and wellbeing needs. Our service is adaptable and made to fit the needs of the young people.
FROM KNOWLEDGE COMES POWER. Which is why one of our key aims is to raise awareness and spread knowledge about mental health in Young People and their emotional wellbeing.
As a society, we need to encourage discussion and create an environment where people feel supported and heard. Everyone can do their bit to make a difference. It all starts with One Step!
Working together is key and we work to promote other networks available that could be beneficial to young people struggling with their mental health and run various campaigns throughout the year to help us achieve this aim.
OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE VITAL TO THE RUNNING OF OUR SERVICE. Without them, we simply couldn't do it!
We run volunteer training programmes throughout the year for people to become accredited Voluntary Youth Mentors. This role involves assisting One Step Borders in supporting our Young People and a unique opportunity to make a real difference to someone at a crucial time in their life. The programme will see volunteers throught their Level 5 Developing Youth Mentoring Skills, qualifying with 3 credits (due to the current Covid_19 regulations, our Youth Mentor Training Programme is on hold).
BECOME A BEFRIENDER AND SUPPORT YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH A SHARED INTEREST OR HOBBY!
The Befriending Programme was created at the start of the Covid_19 Pandemic and has continued to run successfully. This is a virtual volunteering opportunity, with the hope of including face to face when we're able to, designed to support Young People through basic interaction and common interests. Befriending is all about encouraging Young People to make time for themselves and pursue the things they enjoy or are interested in. Befrienders are there as a positive and supportive reinforcement.
The role is extremely flexible and designed to accommodate the needs of our Young People and our volunteers. Since it started we've seen everything from guitar lessons via Zoom to garden tutorials. It's mental health support at it's most laid back and simple form. If this sounds like you, sign up for the next training cohort!