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Chair Person

Chair Person

Stepping Stones (Luton) is a local charity which has grown over its 10 years of life, now providing services in Luton to a large and ethnically diverse population, we also reach out into rural Bedfordshire. Our focus is women who have vulnerabilities in the areas of domestic abuse, drug and alcohol dependence, mental ill-health or who may be involved with the criminal justice system. Each new client is assigned by a support keyworker and has an in-depth needs assessment. Key working and mentoring are available throughout the life of the client in Stepping Stones. We offer therapeutic interventions including programmes to support women to overcome experiences of domestic abuse, dealing with anger trauma. Our service is unique in that it includes an Ofsted 'Good' accredited childcare facility, to care for babies and children whilst mums attend group and individual sessions. It also provides baby bonding, and parenting training, seeking to influence the next generation. New initiatives include linking with Luton Job Centre to strengthen our offer in education, training and employment. Additional services include free legal advice, art therapy, counselling and our key workers are trained to accompany women to court or medical appointments.

The service commenced in Luton Town, but we now have outreach workers in rural Bedfordshire and see around 500 women each year. Our turnover is in excess of £500,000.

We are in a strong financial position, are highly thought of locally and have a great reputation, an enthusiastic Board of Trustees which includes a range of knowledge, talents and willingness to work. We have recently appointed an experienced and committed Head of Service and have a great team of staff and volunteers. A planned strategy development event will develop our direction of travel for the next five years.

The current Chair is retiring after 10 years associated with the company, Chairperson when it started as a Community Interest Company and Chair of the Trustees since it became a Company Ltd by Guarantee in 2015. The Board is responsible to the Charity Commission for governance of the organisation.

The role of trustee is voluntary and involves attending six board meetings a year and will include meeting/speaking with HoS on a regular basis. The position is unpaid, but reasonable expenses may be claimed.

If you would like further information about the charity please visit our website:

If you are interested, please email your CV to or alternatively our Head of Service would be happy to have an informal discussion.