South Tyrone Empowerment Programme
12 Beechvalley Way
Dungannon, Co Tyrone
Tel:028 8775 0211
1) Community Development
STEP employs a full time community development worker to support local community and voluntary groups in building their capacity through project and administrative support including access to funding and management development, supporting community engagement and arranging for your consultation on any legislative or policy changes which could impact on your organisation.
We are here to help you achieve your vision for your community. This comes in the form of:
o Developing project ideas and exploring ways to support them
o Supporting your community organization or helping to start one up
o Linking you to the people that can help support you and your community with their goals.
o Helping you understand your rights and how to defend them
If there is any particular issue that you feel you or your community group would like support with, or if you feel that there is any particular issue or need that there is a gap in provision and would require collective action, you can contact the Community Development Worker at 028 8775 0211 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Floating Support project
This is a free service funded by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive "Supporting People" programme. The floating support service aims to prevent tenancy breakdown and ultimately homelessness.
Some of the support provided includes:
• Advice on housing rights and responsibilities
• Information on basic home security, maintenance and dealing with emergencies
• Money management and advice - budgeting, paying bills, rent and debt
• Welfare rights advice
• Support with benefits claims
• Support in developing daily living skills
• Information and guidance to employment rights.
Support lasts as long as is required. However, the aim of the service is to help individuals until such time that they develop the confidence and skills to live independently and without support. Contact our floating support team for further information on 028 877 50211
3) Debtadvice NI
This project is a free debt advice service delivered by STEP, managed by AdviceNI and funded by DETI. Appointments can be made with qualified debt advisors in the STEP office in Cookstown, the advice and service is free-of-charge and available to anyone in the Dungannon/Cookstown area. Click here for further details or email email@example.com
4) Bilingual Saturday School project
The main objective of this project is to address the language needs of BME children as well as to promote their right to speak their mother tongue and to be confident and competent in their identity and culture. This project creates the opportunity for bilingual children to develop and maintain their ability to speak in two languages and to cultivate their cultural identity through active participation in both their local and ethnic community life.
It provides language, history and culture lessons and activities for children who live in Southern Health and Social Care Trust Area and whose first languages are Lithuanian, Polish or Portuguese. Children also participate in sport activities and educational trips (at least two trips are organised each year). Language classes are accessible for children aged 6 years and over, who can still speak their own native language but are at the risk of losing fluency and both the ability and opportunity to be able to read and write in their mother tongue. The project complements the homework club which supports fluency in English. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.