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Step Up

Step Up is a partnership project between ASCEND and Three Rivers District Council. The project is based in refurbished premises at 39 Oxhey Drive next to other support services. It provides a drop-in facility and coffee bar for clients; training spaces for courses, interview rooms for counselling and guidance and a workspace for staff and volunteers.  The project is also a hub for other organisations such as Herts Mind Network, Community Health Service, Herts Help and the Enhanced Primary Mental Health Service.  Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, entry to Step Up is by appointment only with many services now available virtually.

Job Club

ASCENDs Job Club currently runs from Step Up on a Wednesday morning from 10am to 12 noon by appointment only, supporting people to get back into employment.  Our Job Club advisers can help you with on-line job searches, writing CVs and job application letters.   For more details and to make an appointment, ring Liz on 0208 428 6725  or e-mail


Three Rivers Healthy Hub and IGNITE Programme

The new Three Rivers Healthy Hub now runs from Step Up.  It provides free information, advice and support to help you stay healthy and well.  The Hub also runs a programme of activities (currently virtual), which are detailed on our Healthy Hub and Events pages. 

Through our hub you can get help to:-

  • manage your weight
  • give up smoking
  • look after your mental health
  • cut down on your drinking
  • become more active
  • get healthy eating advice
  • reduce drug use and dependency
  • join community groups and activities
  • access Citizens Advice service
  • get support as a carer
  • find out about health events

Our IGNITE Programme complements the Healthy Hub and supports the Loneliness Campaign, primarily for those aged 50+ who want to make new friends in the area.  A programme of talks, visits and our new Step In Cafe, running on the second Saturday of the month are just the start of our new programme.  Please contact Jane Drury, our Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator for more details on 07483 104911.

Building Better Opportunities (BBO)

Building Better Opportunities Funding supports projects in England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.  It is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund.

One element of the BBO is STRIVE -The Support and Transition Routes into Volunteering and Employment in Herts.  ASCEND as one of the BBO Partners runs one of the STRIVE hubs at Step Up, running as a virtual drop-in with a variety of activities on a Wednesday from 10am to 1pm.  Our BBO mentor supports people furthest from the job market.  If you are:-

  • aged 19+
  • registered unemployed
  • economically inactive

then this could be for you.  Tailored help is provided to help clients move into sustainable employment, volunteering or education.  To get a flavour of the BBO STRIVE project and what we do, please click on this YouTube link: or take a look at the following video where some of our BBO STRIVE clients won a sustainable art award:

For further information on our BBO STRIVE Project go to our Building Better Opportunities web page, ring our ASCEND Step Up building on 0208 428 6725 or Eileen on 07960 028294 during work hours (Monday to Wednesday).

You can contact Step Up on Tel: 020 8428 6725