My Step Up has been running for over six years, providing respite and outdoor activities for adults with learning difficulties. Since we started, we’ve grown and expanded, adding more animals and more fun activities to do.
We began with a simple idea: to provide an interactive and supportive atmosphere for adults with autism and other special needs.
We understand that some adults with learning difficulties complete full time education with no plan for what happens next. They lose structure and social activities in their daily lives.
Staying indoors all day, no exercise and no socialising can have a negative influence on physical and mental health. We’ve found that working outdoors, looking after animals and being with other people can provide many benefits and offer a valuable weekly structure.
Meet Tony, the Director of My Step Up
"Hi, my name is Tony, I’m married to a special needs teacher and I’m a parent to two adults with autism. I realised there was a lack of respite and activities for adults with learning difficulties when Karl finished school.
Karl lost his regular routine and while he would go out with his carer, I still felt he needed more activities to keep him active and socialising with other people. This led me to the idea of creating a day centre at a farm.
Since Karl joined My Step Up, I’ve seen he’s more outgoing, chatty and spends more time outside.
Over the years, I’ve seen such a positive difference to the clients who come to My Step Up. We have clients with autism and other mental health problems. I’ve seen how being outside and caring for animals can improve confidence, reduce anxiety and increase overall happiness.
Before My Step Up, I trained to be a nurse and worked as a project manager for the NHS. From this experience, I believe it has helped me have a better understanding of autism and mental health.
I’m really proud of how far My Step Up has come."
If you want to learn more about My Step Up, please contact us.