Established in 1997, STEP is a not-for-profit community development organisation with a central office based in Dungannon but with sites in Cookstown, Coalisland and Magherafelt and service delivery across Northern Ireland.
STEP’s aim is to contribute to building a rights–based, participative, peaceful and prosperous society which provides equality of access and opportunity, embraces diversity and respects difference.
STEP is regarded as a good practice model not only for its impact in advocacy and support for disadvantaged communities but for helping to encourage social change. Ironically STEP is not an organisation created primarily to challenge racism or sectarianism. It is a human rights organisation working at community level through building human solidarity across perceived difference; an awareness of the concept of people as rights holders and the state and it agencies as duty bearers and challenging the learned behaviours that limit or deny equal rights on the basis of prejudice, fear or ignorance. The STEP model is to work with those most vulnerable to denial or abuse of their rights. The current emphasis of STEP’s work is fourfold:
STEP will offer a range of services in ‘The Junction’ building including:
Inspire Mental Health is a Community Wellbeing Service based at the Junction.
We work in partnership with the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. Referrals to our service come from The Support and Recovery Team.
From Monday 4th April 2016 Niamh – (Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health) becomes known as Inspire. Beechview Beacon Day Support will become known as Inspire Mental Health. The organisation has rebranded, relocated and modernised the previously known day support service.
Inspire Mental Health will provide a range of courses which support Recovery. In addition we provide groups to enhance your Wellbeing, Creativity, Health and Fitness, provide Social Activities and we have a Time 4 You service for those who are new to mental health services and find it difficult to engage.
At the Junction, Inspire have two additional projects, Living Well Living Longer (LWLL) for people 60+, which is not a mental health service and The SHIP project. (Self harm intervention programme).
Willowbank Ltd was founded in 1962 and has been delivering quality services in the local community since then. A Charity and Company Ltd by Guarantee we are governed by a Board of Directors 70%of whom are persons with disabilities, this underpins our service user controlled status.
In 1993 we moved to the Carland Road site, where Willowbank Community Resource Centre was established. From here we have delivered on a contracted service to the SHSCT for people with Physical Disabilities and Sensory Impairments and as a resource for the wider community.
In 2004 we set up a separate company called Willowbank Organic Producers Ltd which trades as Get up & Grow. Through this social enterprise we have developed a Garden Centre at the Carland Road site and we deliver training to a range of participants. In more recent times we have diversified into Garden services with our man and van. The garden centre is opened Monday-Friday 9.30am-4.30pm and you can call Lisa on 0288713053 to find out more about the garden services.
In April 2016 we have relocated part of what we do the Junction this is an exciting time of expansion and we are looking forward to establishing WB2@the Junction. We will continue to operate the social enterprise from the Carland Road site where we will also be offering a range of day opportunities for people with disabilities.