Stepping Stone Trust (SST) was formed over 25 years ago, as a community ministry of South West Baptist Church. Originally offering a place people affected by mental illness could come to, during the day, and receive care and support.
From this low-key start, the Trust quickly expanded into providing full residential services. Community support services were also added to assist people transitioning back to independent living, or to remain in their own home.
SST is now one of the largest mental health service providers in New Zealand. Each week, our services reach over 500 people in the Canterbury region.
SST is fortunate to receive the majority of its funding through the Canterbury District Health Board, with all services remaining free of charge. The Trust is also grateful to receive additional funding from community groups, to assist with resources and providing an additional level of service.