A disability arts workshop that empowers

Stepping Stone Work Centre

Stepping Stone is a crafts workshop employing Penangites living with disabilities. Visit the workshop in Balik Pulau to check out the soaps, yummy baked goods and pottery made by trainees, who are taught skills ranging from hand-weaving, to baking to gardening. 


Stepping Stone’s trainees would otherwise struggle to find work as they lack opportunities to develop their skills. Through its programmes, the non-profit hopes to help people with disabilities lead independent lives. Buying their products supports their cause, and also helps the trainees gain confidence.

The centre also has an artist residency programme, which artists can enroll in to work together with and mentor the trainees. 

Your visit will support these programmes and encourage greater inclusion of people who live with disabilities. 

Meet Shahell and Aina, the people of Stepping Stone 

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Traveller's Notes

Stepping Stone’s centre in Balik Pulau is a charmingly rustic experience that is worth a visit. But if you can’t make it out of George Town, visit 41 Living Story to browse and buy their crafts. 

Look out for workshops to pick up from craft skills of your own; conversely, ask about becoming a live-in artist-in-residence to guide staff in improving their skills.

  •  Alexandra Wong 

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