Every new project is different. Therefore, we develop an individual programme of support in conjunction with the commissioning body. Here’s a few case studies showcasing some of our work with organisations at different places on their journey to spinning out.

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Stepping Out found us the right people for our assignment, were quick to grasp the subject matter and completed on time. As such I’m happy to recommend them and would certainly use them again.

Simon Bell, Head of Marketing, CECS

Very knowledgeable, innovative organisation. enthusiastic and supportive as well as putting us onto some good contacts to learn about their experiences in setting up social enterprises.

Dwayne Johnson, Director Adult Services, Halton Council

Having been inspired by some of Craig's writing in Third Sector, we got in touch with Stepping Out to see if they'd be interested in carrying out our strategic review. They delivered an incredibly insightful piece of work and did so within a very tight timeframe. The team they put together was first class and well tailored to our work and circumstances; sharp, good humoured and able to strike the right balance between constructive criticism and supportive challenge, I can recommend Stepping Out most highly to other organisations.

Rob Parkinson - Home-Start UK

Stepping Out has been a boon to our efforts. Your consultant has made himself both respected and integral to us as I had hoped. Your consultancy has been fascinating, yet very focused and has helped greatly in getting people organised. Your consultant has quite literally been worth his weight in gold and it is difficult to imagine how we would have been able to respond to all need without him.

Kevin Bond, CEO, NAViGO CIC

Stepping Out offered a very high level expert advice. They went beyond their call of duty. They spent so much time guiding mentoring and nurturing us. We are very happy with their continued communication and support.

Heather Riley, Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust
How we helped Essex Probation find a partner

How we helped two Probation Services to establish as social businesses:

Probation services are facing considerable change.  Transforming Rehabilitation has introduced competition to the provision of a wide range of services to offenders.  A positive development in the opening up of probation services is the potential for mutuals and social enterprises to be a part of the solution.  We have worked with several Probation Services to seize these opportunities.

Essex Probation  

We were delighted to win one of the Cabinet Office's tenders through the Mutuals Support Programme to support Essex Probation to make its case for entering the Transforming Rehabilitation competition as a mutual solution. 

The team in Essex, led by Pete Mangan, had a clear vision for running services as a social enterprise.  Our support helped them to:

  • Shape their vision into a fully planned and financially modelled business plan
  • Identify a delivery partner who shared their values and complemented their service areas (Watch our video here that explains the process we took)
  • Secure the backing of a social investor to enable the mutual to meet the conditions of the competition

 The outcome of our input was that Aspire2Change, the proposed mutual was successful in getting through the PQQ stage of the Ministry of Justice's competition.  This was a significant step forward - not only progressing the ambitions of the Essex team, but crucially demonstrating the potential for staff-led mutuals to play a prime role in the opening up of probation services. 

YouTurn Futures

We worked alongside key stakeholders across probation in Bedfordshire as they set up a part of their Integrated Offender Management services as an independent social enterprise.  

As Transition Partner, we provided business planning, financial advice, HR expertise and supported the provision of legal advice that led to the setting up of YouTurn Futures as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation which went live - on time - at the start of April 2014.