Next Steps Development

Registered Charity: 1182222

St. George's House, St. George's Road, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 7AS

©2018 by Rhiannon Phillips | Next Steps Development

Welcome to Next Steps Development

Where Small Steps Lead to Big Achievements

Who We Are

What is Next Steps Development?

Next Steps Development has been set up as a charity, with the aim to help young adults who are struggling to find or maintain employment or enjoy a healthy social life. We offer support to those with disabilities, mental health illness, or those on the community payback scheme.

We have a comprehensive volunteer base, all of whom have a wide ranging skill set. We provide various training opportunities, some of which are peer led by our senior learners, alongside a social programme with the goal to empower each individual and result in an increase in confidence and self-worth. We also provide job coaching and life skills training for all learners. 


What We Do

We offer training and volunteering opportunities in a variety of areas. From our kitchen to our workshop, there's a place for everyone. Take a look at some of the options below.

Clothes Donation


Do you enjoy cooking? Our busy café is a great place to learn a whole range of practical skills whilst creating healthy, tasty food!

Develop your skills in food preparation and hygiene whilst gaining an understanding of how to run a café, including dealing with customers and taking payment.


If you enjoy practical work and have always wanted to learn how to make your own beautiful furniture, this may be the place for you.

Our knowledgeable team leaders will guide you whilst you learn a variety of building methods, construction technology and health and safety.

Laser Room

Our laser shop offers you the opportunity to learn a unique skill!

Get creative with various design software and learn how to safely and accurately operate these amazing machines. If you enjoy art and like coming up with new ideas, this could be ideal for you.

Charity Shop

Volunteering in our charity shop is a great chance to develop your confidence whilst gaining valuable work experience working with a friendly and enthusiastic team.

From serving customers to sorting and preparing stock for sale, working in our charity shop is always a fun experience!


We are proud of every piece of work we do - from the smallest task to the largest of endeavors. Here are some of our biggest and most challenging jobs. From supplying furniture for a brand new student accommodation project in Glasgow, to building an outdoor decking area for a local pub in Devon - we do it all, and always with a smile on our faces.

"If they can't learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn."

O. Ivar Lovaas