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 POhWER, Herts Mind Network, Job Centre Plus, 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.
ASCENDs Job Club usually runs from Step Up on a Friday afternoon from 1pm to 4pm, supporting people to get back into employment. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this service is now virtual on a Wednesday morning from 10am to 1pm (see poster). Our Job Club advisers can help you with on-line job searches, writing CVs and job application letters.
The Step In – Takeout Food Hub
The Food Hub is available to those in need living in South Oxhey and Carpenders Park. It stocks near to date, seasonal and surplus food along with basic personal products and pet food. We are open twice a week (Monday 10am to 1pm and Thursday 2pm to 4pm), and visits are currently limited to once a week.
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 events page.
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 new 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: 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 on 0208 428 6725 or Eileen on 07960 028294 during work hours (Monday to Wednesday) or ASCEND on 0208 420 1364.