Steps 4208 are a recently formed community organisation in Ormeau who seek to help and support people with their mental health.
Acting Chairperson, Sue Haywood, says the organisation was concerned with the number of mental health issues within the community.
“We act as a conduit to get people the help they need by putting them in touch with the organisations that are qualified” she said.
Steps stands for:
Seek help and assist
Together make a difference
Engage with the community
Promote mental health well-being
They have organised events including a Christmas gift appeal, Remembrance Day service and monthly markets.
“We’ve definitely found something that the community has been wanting for some time now,” Sue said.
Ambassador for Steps and singer/song-writer, Rae-Leigh, found out about the organisation when her son, Eli, started up a lemonade stand for the community.
“They asked if Eli would come down and set up his lemonade stand at the markets, I’m a singer/song-writer and everything I do is for mental health because of my own journey,” she said.
As a mother of 3 children Rae-Leigh loved the idea of what the organisation continues to do for the community as it aligns with what she does in her work.
“The majority of what I talk about with art is mental health and connection and relationships we have with ourselves and other people,” she said.
Steps 4208 have monthly community events and markets at Norfolk School along with Rae-Leigh and Eli’s Lemonade Stand.
To find out more about Steps head to their Facebook Page Steps 4208.
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