Steps is the leading national charity offering advice, guidance and support for all those whose lives are affected by various childhood lower limb conditions.

Steps offer provide a sympathetic ear through a helpline, clear information in the form of factsheets and publications, 1-1 advice through direct communication and now, the newly developed interactive videos to help anyone understand their diagnosis and treatment of a lower limb condition.

Formed in 1980 by the founder of Steps, Sue Banton who was awarded an MBE in recognition of her personal contribution to the vital services provided for by Steps. Steps are currently working closely with national maternity and ante-natal services to support parents-to-be with the diagnosis of a condition and prepare them for their journey ahead. They have also been successful in being granted funding from the National Lottery in the UK to support their work and transition to a digital platform, making their services more widely accessible.

Whether it's the early weeks or months of a child's life, during or after treatment; or later in life, Steps are there to offer support to anyone affected by a childhood lower limb condition. Steps do not take walking for granted and will offer their services to anyone they can.

Did you know...

  • Steps have been running for 40 years now and everything they do is about valuing and supporting individuals, families and carers who are affected by conditions which impact on the legs, hips or feet.

  • Steps is the only charity which supports the most common and much rarer lower limb conditions and that is why they are the leaders in their field.

  • It is the valuable experience of Steps’ team, their volunteers and working with world renowned health professionals in the field that help individuals, families and carers make confident and informed decisions at what can be a confusing and difficult time. Steps partner with the national health systems and local communities around the world, not only to raise the medical standards, care, and emotional support, but also to establish them!

What makes Steps different

The Steps team work extremely hard with the support of committed volunteers to support and improve the lives of anyone diagnosed with a lower limb injury or condition. No other charity covers the vast range of conditions that they do, have access to a medial committee to which they can refer medical queries to, or offer peer support to anyone needing 1-1 support like Steps do. All their efforts go into helping those affected by the condition so that they can achieve their maximum potential, despite their restrictions.

Other ways to support

Steps rely on donations from the public, their beneficiaries, legacies and fundraising efforts to make their work possible. If you are interested in supporting Steps’ mission, you could organise an event to raise vital funds for a specific campaign or an initiative. Alternatively, you could organise something with work colleagues or friends that could be beneficial to all partaking. If you can give your time, there are plenty of volunteering opportunities at Steps also, particularly for their outreach work, awareness raising, and fundraising. Whatever you do, your help makes a huge difference to children affected by limb conditions as well as their families, in some very challenging situations and circumstances. Click here to find out more about how you can support Steps.


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