We were very sad to see the iconic STEPS be removed from the lowdown. These steps were built into the upstairs of the lowdown after the 1733 Beckets & Sergeants School Building ceased to be a school in the 1960’s, then after a stint as a nursery and in keeping with the funky 1970’s decade, the building became a youth club called “STEPS”.
Many people have fond memories of youth clubs, tuck shops, discos and DJ’s in the place they spent a lot of their youth.
As this building was thoughtfully left in trust only to be used for the benefit of young people, by the Becket and Sargeant sisters who had it built in the first place, the lowdown were extremely fortunate to move in in 1989 to provide counselling and support to young people who needed help.
The steps accommodated many a youth group, film night, supervision session, fundraising event, training sessions and therapy sessions before they were recently removed forever.
But why I hear you ask?
According to NHS figures the countywide youth counselling agencies provide 44% of all mental health supports to young people and the lowdown provides 32% of that.
With the ever increasing numbers of young people seeking our support the lovely Rotary Club of Northampton Becket have kindly come in and donated their time and talents free of charge, (with materials kindly paid for by fellow Rotarian Robert Shoebridge of WH Shoebridge & Sons, Northampton), to double the number of counselling rooms and increase our office space.
It is sad to see the steps go but very exciting that we will be able to better accommodate young people seeing our help.
A huge thanks to the Rotarians, Beckets & Sargeants, Robert Shoebridge, our staff, volunteers and clients who are all working really hard to get the work completed without any interruptions to our service delivery. Well done everyone!