Step Up Project at Julian Housing

Step Up at Julian Housing is about giving residents the opportunity to learn new skills and gain new experiences.

Step Up gives us the confidence to try new things. It’s been an honour to be part of it.

I’m really confident that I have learnt the skills I need to get that job and get my life back on track.

Julian Housing clients

The aim is to encourage residents to develop a structure in their week as this is beneficial to client’s wellbeing, helping them to sustain their tenancy, preventing homelessness in the future.

Our incentive scheme, ‘Give & Gain’ encourages the engagement of meaningful activities such as volunteering, training, college, counselling, recovery groups, working and therapy.

We offer in-house courses at Julian Housing which include Renting Ready, C.A.B budgeting sessions, first aid, and food safety but our main focus is to encourage self-worth and confidence building, helping those who have experienced homelessness access activities in their community so when they move on a structure of support and activities and a sense of belonging is maintained.

Julian Housing values the feedback of residents and every month we have a Service User Board (SUB) meeting which gives an opportunity for our residents to have their say. The formation of policy and strategy of Oxford Homeless Pathways (OxHoP) is developed using this feedback.

Thanks to the fund, I and my friend Jon were able to purchase some amplification equipment for our guitars. This allowed us to develop ideas about teaching residents in O’Hanlon House how to play guitar as well.

Julian Housing resident