Case Study 1


Next Steps

Secretary – Service Manager Leisa Burniston
Chairman – Alan Evans
Vice Chair – Alistair Duncan
Treasurer – Vic Worrall

Cafe supervisor Joanne Hall -Deputy

Out of Hours Coordinator -Tracey Tate

Support worker/Men in Sheds coordinator -David Foulds

Pickering/Norton Leader- Julie Johnson
Pickering Crafts – Ruth Leeming

Finance and admin -Ann Gordon

Arts WEA -Ruth Collett
Cornfield Flower Project – Vince Castleton
Rural Initiative – Helen Clark

Our Story

Next Steps was set up in 2001 in North Yorkshire to help local people with mental health problems. We are managed by mental health professional Leisa Burniston, who has over 24 years experience in Mental Health and Social Care settings, eight years Management experience and has many qualifications in mental health such as a Diploma in Management in Social Care Organisations, an NVQ in care. Courses/training completed in child protection, ASSIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), and has trained in CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), all Mental health training courses (self harm, schizophrenia, personality disorder etc), Safeguarding Alerter, First aid, lone-working and many more.

Next Steps Well-being Center supports people with mental health problems, well being issues and preventing isolation and loneliness in Ryedale, North Yorkshire, by providing a drop-in centre, activities and outreach groups Kirkbymoorside/Pickering and pop ups through out Ryedale.

We are a user-led organisation and work closely with GPs and the community mental health teams to ensure that people who are affected by well-being issues are supported, as well as those who suffer from Isolation/loneliness and mental health  issues.

Our ultimate aim is to develop self-confidence for members, improve their work prospects and access to statutory services, help support positive family relationships and prevent loneliness and isolation.

Next Steps is a registered charity No. 1149932 and a company limited by guarantee No. 7570609

Activities and Services

Community Cafe in Norton, 7 Church Street Norton, Open Mon – Saturday  8 am – 3 pm.

Come and join us for a cuppa and a chat.

Tuesdays Out of Hours 5-9 pm

Thursdays -3-8 pm Thrifty Thursdays.

Rural Groups Mon-Friday various locations throughout Ryedale. email

Homemade cakes, sandwiches and hot meals available daily.
Our new computer suite is available most days FREE.
We also have showers plus washing and drying facilities.


Men in Sheds group

Every Wednesday at Moorside Bar & Club, Shaw Drive, Kirkbymoorside,
 9am – 12pm. Men in Sheds for the men, with social activities and crafts for the ladies. Join us for social activities and coffee plus cake.

Every Thursday in Pickering RVS (Behind the COOP), 9am – 1pm then 1.30pm – 4pm. Community Café, Men in Sheds, crafts in the morning, Scrabble, dominoes and Bingo in the afternoons, refreshments and hot food available all day.

Volunteer Opportunities available – Volunteers always needed.

Annual Report

Accounts signed 2018-19

Final Accounts for 2016-17

Final accounts for 2014-15

Next Steps Annual Report 12-13

Moving Forward on Mental Health

This year an independent evaluation of Next Step’s services took place.  This was carried out by Foundation Doctors from the local surgery and was based on the Human Given Needs scale.  Face to face interviews were conducted with members attending Norton drop-in centre.

The resulting report ‘Moving Forward on Mental Health’ demonstrated that Next Steps saves the statutory services an average of £1,427 per annum through its services offered to people with mental health issues.

The cost savings were measured by the reduction in the number of GP visits, A & E attendances and ‘in-patient’ hospital days.

The report also stated;

“The study also demonstrated a clear improvement in the mental health, and quality of life of its members, as measured by the Human Givens Needs scale. The main reason for improvement is probably that Next Steps provides a place where members are able to develop skills and express themselves in an atmosphere of encouragement, free from the stigma often associated with mental illness.”

For a full copy of the report, please click here ‘Moving Forward on Mental Health’