STEPS Charity was established to “fill the gaps”, funding projects in the community with no available government funding and an obvious need to support those people who had been left to fall between the gaps of various government support programs.
Purely driven by the support of the surrounding community, STEPS Charity receive no government funding – in fact all of their work is funded through the generosity of those who share the charity’s vision to create a brighter future for people with a disability.
One of the charity’s major success stories has been STEPS Pathways College, an Australian first educational program that is giving young adults with a disability new hope for an independent future.
STEPS Charity are also working to support young people and families with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome gain better access to support and services on the Sunshine Coast through STEPS Autism Treehouse.
STEPS Charity Manager Angela Harrison said the work of the charity throughout many different communities is crucial for the one in five Australians who live with a disability. It promotes equality and offers opportunities for those individuals to gain independence and improve the quality of their life.
Much of the funds raised for the charity are driven through business supported social events such as the BA Murphy Constructions Race Day, Vantage Homes Trek for Autism and larger scale premier events like the annual BA Murphy Constructions STEPS Grand Winter Ball.
Ms Harrison said the overwhelming support of local business’ showed that STEPS Charity has the ability to speak to the hearts of many
In 2018, STEPS Charity was able to raise more than $640,000 to change the lives of those living with a disability. Through their initiatives, they are helping more and more young people with disabilities learn to live independently and are supporting Australian families including the 190,000 families on the Sunshine Coast who have one or more children who have Autism.
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of STEPS Group Australia, Ms Harrison said members of the charity and its supporters are continually committed to helping the hundreds of Sunshine Coast residents who are supported every day through the charity’s various programs.