We are a not for profit organisation run by adults with learning disabilities who all have specific roles within the company Our aim is, and will continue to be, that the business is for adults with learning disabilities to be able to gain independence in the community through business and work experience.
Stepping on Out began in September 2004 as an essential skills business studies course at Richmond Adult Community College (RACC). After sometime it was decided that we should move out into the community and reform as a non-profit making social enterprise group. We are now a not for profit organisation run by adults with learning disabilities who all have specific roles within the company.
As a direct result of this exciting new challenge we changed our name to Stepping on Out and our new logo was designed by one of the members of our team. He felt that the circle and the walking feet would represent people with learning disabilities stepping out of the restrictive circle of day centres and colleges and out into the general community.
In order to promote the ongoing development and independence of Stepping on Out, it was decided to incorporate as a registered company and charity. Initially three independent trustees were appointed in December 2004 and we became a company limited by guarantee under the Companies Act 1985 on 28th April 2005. Charity Commission registration soon followed on in June 2005. We now have 5 trustees who play an active part in the organisation.
In the years since 2004 we have grown and moved several times to bigger premises and are now very happy in our current site in The Causeway, Teddington.
The core business continues to be the design, production and sale of greetings cards and other decorative products at table top sales in the local community but funds are supplemented by the sale of donated items such as books, DVDs and CDs.