If you live in Middlesbrough and something is stopping you from finding work, training, education or moving forward, please get in touch. It won't impact your benefits and could change your life.


Call: 01642 245 895

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What we can do to help

When you first get in touch with us, we will ask for some basic details such as your name, age and address.

You will then be invited to come to meet one of our navigators, at a time and place that suits you. Your navigator is the person who will support you every step of the way through the programme, helping you get the support you need from different services and organisations.

You will be asked to bring evidence of your right to live and work in the UK, such as a passport or birth certificate to the first meeting, but don’t worry if you don’t have one. Just tell us and we can help you get one.

At the first meeting, the navigator will ask you questions about your situation and what you would like to achieve. They will talk to you to try to identify what barriers might be preventing you from finding work or training.

If the navigator thinks Step Forward Tees Valley could help you, you will be accepted on the programme. If not, they will try and put you in touch with other services or organisations that might be better placed to help.

Once you have been accepted on the programme, you will meet your navigator regularly and work out a clear action plan to help you overcome your barriers and eventually find a job or a training course. Your navigator will help you get support from our partners who offer a wide range of services and can give you the practical help you need to move on and get a job.


Join in the fun with Middlesbrough!

All sessions aim to reduce isolation, improve confidence, social skills and overall health and wellbeing.

  • Women's Group - Once a month Middlesbrough navigators and health link workers offer female participants a cuppa and a chat at their friendly women's group. Here they discuss a range of topics, host special guest speakers and deliver art, crafts, healthy lifestyle and cooking sessions. 


  • Men's Group - Once a month Middlesbrough navigators and health link workers offer male participants the chance to take part in a range of activities, including organised walks, cookery and discussions with guest speakers. 

  • Community Heroes volunteering days – get a taste of what it’s like to volunteer for your community, how it can boost your confidence, give you new skills and help you to meet new people. We meet once a month at a variety of community venues. You could be cooking for a local community food project, helping out with gardening or painting a community hall - all in a friendly and supportive environment. You can log your volunteer hours and work towards your bronze, silver or gold Step Forward Tees Valley volunteering award and we can provide you with a reference once you have completed your volunteering award.

  • Sport sessions with Middlesbrough FC Foundation Trust - noon-1pm every Tuesday at the Herlingshaw Centre in Eston. Each week Middlesbrough participants can take part in a physical exercise session held at the Herlingshaw Centre. Sessions include; dodge ball, walking football, basketball, badminton, wheelchair basketball and ultimate frisbee.

  • Healthy Me, Confident Me - Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP) deliver a rolling 8 week programme that focuses upon confidence building and life skills; emotional resilience and stress management; healthy lifestyle and education. The PCP encourage you to adopt a healthier lifestyle and develop life skills to further your confidence. Techniques are used  to recognise your strengths, weaknesses, support networks and personal goal setting. 

  • Drop-in sessions - come and meet the Middlesbrough team - see upcoming dates and locations below. We are here to help you overcome barriers that are preventing you from moving forward with your future. Please come along and meet our friendly team at one of the events below.


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