Step Forward Tees Valley supports local people to overcome the complex reasons preventing them from finding work. These barriers could include physical or mental ill health, a lack of self-confidence, a gap in skills, a conviction, or an addiction.
The project helps people to build on their strengths and aspirations, using the skills and expertise of partners and local employers to achieve their goals. The project is committed to making a real and lasting change in Tees Valley.

Step Forward Tees Valley supports people across Tees Valley to take advantage of existing voluntary or employment possibilities, as well as working with local employers to create new opportunities.

Step Forward Tees Valley is funded by The European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.

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We will help you

  • Focus on achieving your goals
  • Overcome barriers
  • With 1-1 emotional support
  • Access a range of services for overcoming and/or managing mental and physical issues.

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Who is this service for?

Participants must be aged 29+, unemployed, have the right to live and work in the UK and reside in the Tees Valley.

Step Forward Tees Valley is for you if you have two or more barriers to accessing learning or employment and would like to access support to overcome those barriers.

How can I access this service?

If you are Age 18 to 49, Age 50 and over, living in Stockton-on-Tees, you can access this service by
Telephone: 01642 607028

What happens next?

After you, or someone on your behalf, has contacted Step Forward Tees Valley you will be contacted by a Navigator from one of our partner organisations.

Your Navigator will talk to you about the project and what support will help you get over any barriers to moving towards work. If the programme is right for you then they will be with you every step of the way, ensuring you get the right support from a range of specialist services.

If you live in Stockton our Health Link Workers will support you around your health and well-being ( in other parts of Tees Valley this will be someone from a partner organisation). This will be individual to each person and will focus on steps to achieving goals and overcoming barriers. We will provide one-to-one emotional support and help to access a range of interventions and services for overcoming and/or managing mental and physical issues.

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