Step Up Project at O’Hanlon House
Getting involved in training, education and other activities can make all the difference in the life of someone who is homeless – helping them learn new skills, develop self-confidence and improve physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
I was astounded at the willingness and ability of everyone who participated and amazed at the work that surfaced.
Mia – poetry workshop facilitator
At O’Hanlon House the Step Up programme includes:
- Informal activities such as drumming, IT sessions, art groups, acupuncture, museum workshops and photography; as well as physical exercise including canoeing, rugby, football, gym membership and indoor climbing.
- Help finding voluntary and paid work in the community, including support to write CVs and prepare for interviews and to get onto training courses that lead to qualifications such as first aid, food hygiene, and construction.
- Personal development, with classes on money management, sexual health, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), independent living and overcoming addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
- Opportunities for clients to meet staff and residents at other housing projects, and to attend information and advice workshops offered by other housing providers.
- Projects to help people deal with specific issues. For example, our video diaries project helped clients with entrenched alcohol misuse issues to talk about their drinking habits on camera. Clients then watched their video diaries at a later date and explored their thoughts and feelings, which encouraged them to seek help and advice.