Charity (no. 235434)

Step One Charity

"Step One supports the mental health and wellbeing of people across Devon."

Who We Help, Why We Help & the Difference It Makes

Established in 1937, Step One is a registered charity with over 85 years' experience supporting people across Devon facing challenges with their mental health, learning disabilities and neurodiversity. We take a holistic approach, looking at the person as a whole and exploring the wider factors that could be affecting their mental health, their ability to work, or opportunities to be part of their community.  

Our comprehensive range of mental health and wellbeing services support people in building a pathway to independence, living a fulfilling life and reaching their own potential. These services include:

  • Recovery and Rehabilitation: Intensive inpatient service at Cypress Hospital. 
    “They saved my life because I was becoming desperate and I now have hope.” 

  • Supported Living: Safe and supportive housing with on-site support staff. 
    “The support from Step One has improved my confidence and independence, reduced my anxiety levels, and allowed me to pursue a relationship.”

  • Community Support: Tailored one-on-one support to help people thrive in their communities. 
    “I went from a complete shut-in, afraid of answering the door, to regularly going outside every week alongside a variety of new faces.”

  • BeWell@StepOne: In-person and online courses, peer support groups and activities supporting people to manage their mental health and support others in their community. 
    “Coming here has changed my life, for two years I didn’t really leave the house, now I go out every day. 

Motivated by seeing people progress, Step One makes a real difference in the lives of up to 800 people per year. Learn more about our impact here.

Our Services Are

Free Donation Appreciated

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What We Do

Our BeWell@StepOne programme is a self-referral support service for adults in Devon. The aim of the service is to reduce the pressure on our NHS and help individuals to manage their own mental health and support others in their communities.

Support for individuals:
We provide group-based support to as many people as possible across the county through our online and in-person courses, peer support groups, activities and learning opportunities.

All of our sessions are free and run by professional, qualified, and supportive wellbeing practitioners with lived experience of mental health conditions.

Examples of areas where we can help include:

  • Helping Overcome Problems Effectively (H.O.P.E)
  • Resilience and wellbeing
  • Healthy living
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Managing anger
  • Managing OCD
  • Social anxiety

“This time last year I was really low with stress, anxiety and depression but with support from here [men’s walking group] and some other professional help, I am in a much better place.”

Support for businesses:
Through our BeWell@StepOne service we also offer training and support for businesses. We can provide a variety of mental health training and awareness sessions to support employees and employers in spotting the signs of mental illness within their organisations. If you are interested in learning more, please reach out to us at [email protected]

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BeWell@StepOne relies on the kindness of volunteers to expand our service and provide vital peer-to-peer support for people in our community to manage their mental health and wellbeing. Here's how you could help:

  • Assist in facilitating a wellbeing group
    Whether you have a passion for crafting or you're an expert tea maker, your unique talents can make a real difference! 

  • Become a walking buddy
    Help us to promote the benefit of physical activity and social connections by joining our regular wellbeing walks.

  • Lend a hand at events
    Cheer on #TeamStepOne at the Great West Run or other challenge events!

No matter your experience, we offer various opportunities to get involved. If you'd like to join our supportive community and make a positive difference to the lives of local people, contact us today to learn more about our volunteering opportunities: [email protected].

Making a donation:

Our BeWell@StepOne project is funded entirely by voluntary donations such as community fundraising efforts, grants and gifts in wills. If you would like to support this crucial service through a one-off donation or regular monthly payment, please visit

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