The new year has brought a new name for an Exeter-based charity that has helped thousands of people through its employment, mental health and supported living services.
Eighteen months ago St Loye’s Foundation and Community Care Trust (CCT) merged to create a 150-strong team that has helped 2,386 people move forward positively with their lives in the past year.
With the merger now firmly established, the joint organisation has rebranded with a new name – Step One – to make itself instantly recognisable for the public.
Eilis Rainsford, CEO for Step One, said: “Adopting one name represents a desire by staff and the management team to be considered a united entity. Working under two names was not only impractical and confusing for those interacting with our services, but also an unnecessary barrier for staff across both organisations.
“Since the merger, St Loyes and CCT have been working together to look at common language, shared values, vision and culture. One phrase that kept being repeated surrounded taking first steps and after a consultation period, we selected ‘Step One’ as our new name because we felt this had really positive connotations concerning people taking back control and starting their journey towards fulfilling their potential.”
Step One’s head office remains in Exeter’s city centre, with residential and community based services, a Crisis House and mental health hospital located in Torbay.
The charity works across the South West, the North West of England and Wales and Step One’s diverse services are commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions, South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group, Devon Partnership NHS Trust, and local authorities.
People can access Step One’s services through a referral by their local authority, Job Centre Plus, mental health care co-ordinator or GP. For more information, please visit www.steponecharity.co.uk.