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Step Ladders

From 2005 to 2006 Ngage was contracted by The Learning and Skills Council to design, market and manage a project that would help people with mental health difficulties in Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to start their own businesses.


The project was focused on assessing participants’ needs and offering the best mentoring, training, advice and hands-on support available to help them start up and develop their business concept.

Beneficiaries were enrolled through the RESTORE and MK Mind projects, and the delivery partners included RESTORE, East Oxford Action, Co-operative Futures and Oxfordshire Business Enterprises.


The needs of 50 unemployed adults facing social exclusion through mental health problems were met to help them progress into employment and/or further training.

Case studies:

The scheme’s outstanding successes included the Aardvark Gardeners Co-operative, established by Michael Eden, a participant in the Step Ladders Programme. Aardvark was launched in Spring 2007 and provides gardening services to homes, businesses and Local Authorities around Oxford.

Another individual, Paul Grosvenor Davies, faced up to the challenge of being self-employed as an artist and has successfully established a workshop for himself in Oxford. Paul said; “It’s a miracle. I see art as the wall between me and my life before. I am delighted with the help I have received.”

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