At Stepping Stone, we offer a transition support program to help those desiring to exit sex work. The program is funded by the Department of Justice over a 5-year period. Our programming is comprehensive, based in strong research, and works on the development of the whole person, not just their involvement in sex work. The program is designed specifically for skill development, recognition of prior learning, community education, peer-support, as well as expand existing programming for current and former sex workers.

Did you know? Many sex workers will exit, and return to, the trade an average of seven times before they are able to permanently leave the trade. Some of this is due to the many barriers to exiting the trade. Our team at Stepping Stone recognizes and understands these barriers and works to help fill gaps in available supports.

The transition support program is based on a Recognition of Prior Learning model and is intended to build skills, identify transferrable skills, and inherent individual strengths to be used both within, and upon exit from, the sex industry. The program ensures and helps identify ways Stepping Stone can broaden its reach to support future, past and present program users while bridging awareness and educating the community around sex work and sex worker’s rights. Additionally, it will inform other agencies for the adoption of best practices’ in working with individuals involved in the sex trade.

Some of the workshops offered through this program include, but are not limited to, the following: 9 Essential Skills for Employability; Certifications in First Aid and Mental Health First Aid; Certifications in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and Applied Suicide Intervention; and, Portfolio Development.

If you have any suggestions of classes that would be helpful, or want more information please contact Carrie at the Drop-In Centre at (902) 420-0103.