For Stepping Stones to create the environment that meets its aims and to create a safe, confidential and supportive space to everyone that attends members have designed a Good Will Agreement that current and future members agree to whilst attending Stepping Stones.  All members agree to offer the following to each other:

  • accepting and non-judgemental attitudes towards each other at all times.
  • that what is discussed within the group is not talked about outside of the group.
  • respect that some members may not want contact outside of stepping stones group and that their decision will not be judged within the group for those who chose to.
  • to act as individuals within the group, even if there are contacts outside of the group, familiarity with each other outside of stepping stones will not be brought into the group.
  • that no member should be made to feel excluded our not included with group discussions unless the individual group member has expressed that they do not want to contribute or be included.
  • to be mindful and respectful of difference at all times and provide an inclusive environment irrespective of ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or life choice.
  • not to talk over each other, talk to each other or interrupt if a group member is sharing something within the group.
  • agree to have all mobile phones on silent and not to use their phone at any time during the group unless in exceptional circumstances which the group member will make the group aware of before the group starts.
  • group members will always be mindful of the language and tone they use in the group and will refrain from using offensive language.
  • if a group member inadvertently offends another group member they should demonstrate a willingness to resolve the issue and apologise.
  • to agree to follow My Sisters Place health and safety procedures whilst attending the group when in the My Sisters Place premises.
  • encourage the contribution of ideas, thoughts as the group progresses.
  • assign roles to group members if appropriate and welcomed by the member.
  • notify the group if they are unable to attend.
  • to consider the impact and be attentive at all times regarding content they may share with the group and how it may affect others.
  • respect other group members boundaries both physically, emotionally and culturally.
  • members have the option to leave the group at any time without explanation.
  • members are able to step out of the group and re-join the group if they need to take a self-care break.