Stepping Stone Trust (SST) was formed over 25 years ago, as a community ministry of South West Baptist Church. Originally offering a house those effected by mental illness could come to during the day to receive care and support, the Trust quickly moved to providing full residential services. Following this, community support services were added, to assist people transitioning back to independent living, or to support them 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.
Our vision is to provide an effective Christ-centred mental health service that encourages life, purpose, hope and future. Our mission is to offer hope and a stepping stone in life, supporting people in their recovery journey.
Our values are:
Respect: belief in the value of all people.
Faith: belief that God makes a difference.
Growth: a journey towards wholeness.
Relationship: belief that we grow and work together with others.
Service Effectiveness: giving hope.