New project for South Oxhey

By Beverley Small

Outside STEP UP
by Beverley Small
by Beverley Small
Herts Mind Network
by Beverley Small
Photos of ASCEND
by Beverley Small
STEP UP celebration cake
by Beverley Small
Doing crafts
by Beverley Small
Craft work
by Beverley Small

What is STEP UP?

On Wednesday 11th May I visited the open day for the new STEP UP project in South Oxhey.  STEP UP is a partnership between ASCEND and Herts Mind Network, funded by Three Rivers District Council. It is based at 39 Oxhey Drive next to other support services. The project will provide a drop-in facility, training spaces for courses, interview rooms for counselling and guidance and a workspace for staff and volunteers.

What can you do there?

ASCEND provides clients with career guidance, skills development activities and assistance into employment, including volunteering and the possibility of work experience placements with local business. Herts Mind Network provides activities to promote positive mental health and recovery including counselling, personal development courses and training based activities.

The open day

At the open day I was shown around the lovely new building and was very impressed with the training rooms and computer facilities.  I was able to sample some lovely oatmeal and lemon hand scrub made by one of the learners at ASCEND and also to see some of the craft in action.

The project was officially launched later that day.

Were you at the STEP UP launch?  What do you think about the new project?

This page was added on 16/05/2011.

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  • I just thought the whole day was wonderful and beyond my expectations. This has been a dream of mine for many years and the dream has become a reality. To expand the services of ASCEND further afield within south Oxhey is just a great opportunity for our learners and also for any new learners who may want to access our services. The project is not just around mental health but around the whole area of Well Being for people and having such great partnerships with local organizations such as the Library, CAB, Community Learning Partnership, Northwick Day Centre HAFLS and of course Herts Mind Network can only take partnership working to a higher level.

    I was overwhelmed with how many people joined us on the day, over 100 people visited the project and we were honored to have the Lady Verulum, Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire and the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire in attendance.


    By Christine Wyard (02/06/2011)