Step Up is a partnership project between ASCEND and Three Rivers District Council. The project is based in refurbished premises in 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 POhWER, Herts Mind Network, Job Centre Plus, Community Health Service, Herts Help, Enhanced Primary Mental Health Service and the University of the Third Age (U3A).
ASCENDs Job Club currently runs from Step Up on a Friday afternoon from 1pm to 4pm, 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.
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 drop-in with a variety of activities on a Wednesday from 9am to 4pm. 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbsvD1vpy_0 or take a look at the following video where some of our BBO STRIVE clients won a sustainable art award: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1RfaUHdCG722Fs6vCHfXWaNZBY3hwjWJo
For further information on our BBO STRIVE Project, ring Step Up (number below) or ASCEND on 0208 420 1364.