Stepping Stones Service Update

Hello and welcome to the June 2020 edition of our newsletter. I hope this newsletter finds you well. We are moving towards the recovery phase of the pandemic.  Our main office is open normal hours. If you need to speak to anyone contact us 01419412929 or via email on 

We managed to access some funding from the Scottish Government, to design and distribute face coverings for our members. The current guidance from the Scottish Government states that it is good practice to wear a face covering when indoors, such as in shops or on public transport, when physical distancing is not possible.

We have had some great ideas from our members about the design of the face coverings and we will continue to have some fun with this!  The first batch will be with us soon and we will test this batch out before contacting members about how we are going to distribute them.

Finally, our previous e-bulletins can be accessed in the link below.

Take care and keep safe!  John White – Operations Director

Stepping Stones Services - May 2020 
Groups - via the Zoom App and hosted by Stepping Stones staff 
Aspire - Tuesdays 2-3.30pm
Reflect and Connect - Wednesdays 2-3.30pm Connections - Thursdays 2-3.30pm
Peer2Peer groups - Various times 

T'ai Chi and Relaxation Classes - We are designing sessions for online participation using Zoom and YouTube. Here is Chris Godwin, our Tai Chi therapist offering some tips on guided meditation. Just click the link below and there will be more to follow soon. 

1:1 Support Sessions - Via telephone and Video Link 

Person-Centred Therapy (Counselling) - up to 8 sessions of therapy. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - up to 8 sessions of therapy. Individual Support – Practical and emotional support with goal setting. Normally lasts between 3-6 months but there is flexibility about timings. 

"Drop in" Support - For service members who are registered with the us. If service members feel their mental health has taken a dip they may benefit from having someone to speak with for practical and emotional support without having long waits. 

New Referrals - You should be at least 16 years of age and live in West Dunbartonshire and be referred by a GP or agency. They must complete a referral form for you. This is available from our main office on 01419412929 or 

The Big Disability Virtual Open Day

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic The Big Disability Group had to cancel their fourth annual open day. But that hasn't stopped them! They decided to create a  virtual one instead. This means that everyone can access all the information and support they need from the comfort and safety of their own home. 

You'll find Stepping Stones as one of the stalls along with many other groups in the local area.

Helpful Information and Links

Speak out Scotland
Speak Out Scotland  is a non-profit charity that provides free, open-ended complex trauma therapy for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Their service is for men aged 18 years and over. However, under special circumstances, they can consider working with young men aged 16 and 17.

See Me
See Me is Scotland's Programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination. We are funded by Scottish Government and Comic Relief and are managed by SAMH and The Mental Health Foundation.

NHS Services
Please note that the NHS is still here to help everyone. It is important that people seek help, and when they need to, contact their GP or, if it is out of hours, contact NHS 24. Link below for NHS information.

Clydesider Magazine
The Old Kilpatrick based social enterprise have prepared a Mini Mag that contains lots of information about resources that are currently available. Their website is regularly updated and is available at the link below. Organisations can join the weekly Zoom chat to catch up with each other. You can access this if you contact the Clydesider Team via the link below.

WDCVS Community Response
They have volunteers delivering food / medicine to people who can’t get out in their local area and have volunteers providing Telephone Befriending for those who are socially isolated. Check the link below.

Stress Control
They have online relaxation and mindfulness exercises and run online courses. Link below.

Anxiety UK website
Coronavirus page link:

Anxiety UK phone line hours extended, no available until 10pm weeknights and 10am-8pm on weekends. 03444 775 774 (however, calls may not be free “Calls to this number are the same as dialling an 01 or 02 number. The national rate for these type of calls is generally up to 9p from landlines and from 3p to 55p on mobile phones. However, you made find that this cost is included in your phone plan.”) (more info about these services:

Samaritans have a web page relating to mental health during coronavirus:
  • They have a short video on the above page to encourage people to talk about feelings and connect with others which could be shared.
  • Lower in the page there are links to several other resources on various topics.
SAMH page specifically related to coronavirus
  • This is good as links will be relevant to our members as this is a Scottish based service.
  • Includes links for practical issues such as claiming benefits due to coronavirus.
  • Link to free daily mindfulness session with the Mindfulness association.

NHS page is easy to follow as they break things down into 12 steps to look after mental health, such as stay active, look after sleep, keep a daily routine, etc. with links to resources.

NHS24 Living Life
The Living Life service offers support to people in Scotland through guided self-help and cognitive behavioural therapy. You can access the service by referring yourself for an assessment by phoning 0800 328 9655 (Monday to Friday: 1pm - 9pm).

Breathing Space
A confidential phone line for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16, feeling low, anxious or depressed.

I Heart Music
a poem by Emily Fraser

This is a superb poem from Emily Fraser who is one of our Peer Supporters. She is also a great singer and a fantastic person! The poem is about the emotional ups and downs of being a lead singer in a band.

Notable Dates for June

Thank you to all our Volunteers.
This week is Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2020), an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the country through volunteering. Check out the link for more information.

At Stepping Stones we have many peers, volunteers and trainees who support the organisation in the work we do. The roles they take are wide and varied and include group work, peer support, governance and 1:1 counselling. Well done! We couldn't do what we do without your support! 


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