Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Spotlight on Next Steps Mental Health Resource Centre

by Handy Mag
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Tackling mental health, isolation and loneliness with Next Steps

Next Steps is a small registered charity in Ryedale dedicated to supporting individuals facing mental health challenges, promoting wellbeing, and combating isolation and loneliness. Since opening in 2001, the organisation has become a vital resource for the local community.

Operating as a user-led organisation, Next Steps works closely with GPs and community mental health teams, to ensure that individuals facing well-being issues receive the support they need.

The charity’s services are diverse and tailored to meet the unique needs of local people. There is a welcoming resource centre and community cafe in Norton, a vibrant array of activities, and outreach groups in Pickering and Kirkbymoorside, ensuring accessibility and inclusivity for all.

Having heard about the Next Steps Save Our Building Appeal, we wanted to help. The charity is seeking to raise £500,000 for the purchase and development of its current site in Norton, with the vision of establishing a Living Well Hub that can better serve the local community.

Please read on to find out more about the charity, what their future plans are, and how you can help.

The Next Steps Resource Centre and Community Café in Norton is a hub for information, advice and guidance, as well as providing opportunities for socialising or relaxing in a safe, supportive environment.

The Centre is managed by mental health professional Leisa Burniston, who has over 24 years’ experience. Leisa said: “Our ultimate aim is to enhance the self-confidence of our members, improve their employment prospects, facilitate their access to statutory services, promote positive family relationships, and prevent loneliness and isolation. I am so proud of the fantastic team of staff and volunteers at Next Steps and what we’ve achieved over the years.”

Next Steps were awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is 2017. This is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognise exceptional service within their communities.

Community Café

At the Next Steps Community Café on Church Street in Norton, there is a warm friendly atmosphere where everyone is welcome. It is the perfect place to not only grab a tasty meal, but socialise and make new friendships.

The café has a five-star hygiene rating and offers healthy and affordable breakfasts, light lunches, hot meals, snacks and cakes. It also provides food for other town venues and is heavily supported by volunteers. The opportunity to volunteer at the café helps build confidence and valuable work and social skills. There are also cookery and ‘cooking on a budget’ classes.


There are all sorts of groups and courses run at Next Steps. Leisa said: “It is always lovely to see our learners enjoying our courses. Ben completed a Photography, Numeracy and Wellbeing course and went on to win an award for one of his photographs. Well done Ben!”
During the summer Next Steps is running a therapeutic photography project for people experiencing mental health difficulty. Get in touch on 01653 690854 – or drop into the cafe – for more details.

The Journey to a Living Well Hub

You will have read last month in the Handy Mag that Next Steps is looking to raise £500,000 for the purchase and development of its current site in Norton, to create a ‘Living Well Hub’. The property owners have given Next Steps notice of their intention to sell the property later this year.

Next Steps has made significant investments in the property over the past 18 years and, given its central location, accessibility, suitability, and lack of alternative options, their premises are the ideal permanent base for Next Steps in the community.

Next Steps’ Trustees aim to establish a ‘Living Well Community Hub’, accommodating local agencies and charities to provide community support throughout Ryedale. The proposed Hub would adopt an open-door policy, providing individuals with the necessary support, along with various services, all while remaining firmly within the community.

Buy a Brick Campaign

Individuals and organisations can purchase bricks for £25 each and have their names permanently listed on a commemorative board.

Next Steps has also launched an appeal on the Local Giving page at https://localgiving.org/buildingacommunityhub

“I have been involved with Next Steps for the past 20 years and have seen the charity grow in that time to become the excellent organisation it is today, […]. It’s loss to the area would be devastating […], and I would therefore urge local people and organisations to support us in any way they can”.

Alan Evans, Chair of Next Steps Trustees

Pickering Hub

Open every Thursday at Potter Hill Methodist Church Pickering 9am–3pm.
Support and advice as well as the award-winning. Men in Sheds group, crafts, chat, dominoes and scrabble. Dinner of the day at our café-style drop in and Bingo! Everyone is welcome.

Kirkbymoorside Hub

Every Wednesday at Kirkbymoorside Methodist Church 9–3pm. Crafts, a café-style drop-in, quiz group and a very popular walking group.
Everyone is welcome.
› Crafts 10–12 noon
› A walking group 10–12 noon
› Meal deal of the day .
› Quiz and support 1–3 pm and a cuppa/cake .
› We will be working alongside the free fridge 9am–11am.

Helmsley Hub

Every Friday at Ryecourt Housing complex 10am til 2pm.
Support, crafts, games and a light lunch. Everyone welcome.

For more information about any of Next Step’s Ryedale groups please call 01653 690854. www.nextstepsryedale.co.uk

Living well with…

Together with Carers Plus, Next Steps are helping deliver 5 week programmes to help people ‘live well’. Leisa said: “Living well with… is a series of sessions focussing on different mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, eating disorders, coping with loss etc. We have created the groups with the help of local GP surgeries to help bridge the gap in support. We will be running courses in Malton, Helmsley, Pickering, Kirkbymoorside and online.”

For further information email neighbours@carersplus.net or call 01723 850155.

Ryedale Charities Together

Next Steps is one of the 6 local charities involved with Ryedale Charities Together: Next Steps, Ryedale Carers Support, Ryedale Community Transport (RYECAT), Ryedale Special Families, Sight Support Ryedale and Ryedale Community Food Bank. Formed in 2000, this collaborative alliance helps deliver a diverse range of essential services to people in need, aiming to address the problems of isolation and disadvantage experienced by people in Ryedale, providing ongoing support, information and opportunities.

Much of the group’s work is done with the help of volunteers who freely give their time and energy to support their activities.
Ryedale Community One Stop sessions are organised at venues across Ryedale with information, advice, activities and free coffee and refreshments. Come and hear about the activities you can be involved with and where to get further support. https://ryedalecharitiestogether.com/one-stop-shop/


Next Steps would like to say a BIG thank you to all our volunteers. Without them we wouldn’t be able to offer the services we do. Volunteers are always needed so if you would like to volunteer or find out more Next Steps would love to hear from you!

Next Steps Resource Centre and Cafe, Church Street:
Mon 8–3pm, Tue 8–3pm & 4–9pm, Wed 8–3pm, Thu 8–3pm & 3–8pm, Fri 8–3pm, Sat 9–2pm

Contact Next Steps Ryedale on 01653 690854 or mail@nextstepsryedale.co.uk www.nextstepsryedale.co.uk

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