College represented as the Countess of Wessex visits Step by Step

Posted on Friday 8 March 2013

Local charity, with close links to the College, marks 20th Anniversary

Step by Step, the Aldershot based charity which supports homeless young people, recently celebrated their 20th Anniversary.

The College has a long association with the Charity and was delighted to be invited to participate in the celebrations. The College Principal, Simon Jarvis, was amongst those who met the Countess of Wessex when she visited the Charity to meet the young people who have benefitted from the help and support which the Charity provides.

Sir Gerald Howarth and the High Sheriff of Hampshire, Hallam Mills, joined other guests, who have supported the Charity over the last 20 years, to see the Countess unveil a plaque in honour of the occasion.

Set up in 1992, by a local mother Bridget Crowther, to tackle local homelessness, the Charity, then Blackwater Valley Accommodation Projects, has gone from strength to strength. The original hostel could accommodate ten young people, today the Charity annually helps 800 young people with accommodation and training, from their purpose-designed building in Crimea Road, opened in 2011.

Visit http://www.stepbystep.org.uk to find out more.

Simon Jarvis, College Principal, said: “I am honoured to have been invited to share in the celebrations for this fantastic Charity, which provides such important help and support to local youngsters. The College is proud of its association with Step by Step and we look forward to many more opportunities to collaborate in fundraising and profile raising activities”.

Photographs courtesy of Ingrid Weel www.ingridweel.com

 

To find out more about how the College links with Step by Step have a look at:

A weekend of Farnborough Sixth Form fundraising

Community Sing-a-long – College present cheques to Charity

Students step out for the homeless – Raising money for local Step by Step charity

 

To view the film of the Countess' visit:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-21630866

 

 

The Countess meets some of the young people

The Countess meets some of the young people

The Plaque commemorating 20 years of Step by Step

The Plaque commemorating 20 years of Step by Step

Simon Jarvis College Principal, with the Countess

Simon Jarvis College Principal, with the Countess

The Countess meets some of the young people

The Countess meets some of the young people

Mike Brown (Step by Step Chairman), College Principal Simon Jarvis, and Amanda Dubarry (Step by Step, CEO) are among those talking to the Countess

Mike Brown (Step by Step Chairman), College Principal Simon Jarvis, and Amanda Dubarry (Step by Step, CEO) are among those talking to the Countess