Growth Mindset

Our Resettlement Service and Housing Support team participated in the Growth Mindset Program with their service users. This was in partnership with Leisure & Culture Dundee and the Ancrum Centre. The program ran over a five week period with one activity each week.

The purpose of participating in this program was to show our service users that there are activities out in the community available on their doorstep. But to also show that they can take the steps to attend these activities within their local community.

The Growth Mindset program helped our service users to realise that they have the potential and the ability to take part. To reflect on how their fixed mindset has set them back stopping them from exploring these activities. Our service user really enjoyed taken part and has allowed them to come together as a group looking to see what else they achieve as a group.

A massive thank you to Jamie McBrearty who help set this up.

Here is some footage of what turned out to be a great experience for both staff and the service users.

Local Councillor’s visiting Positive Steps

reCouncillor Kevin Cordell, Councillor Vari McDonald and Councillor John Alexander visited Positive Steps – an organisation which operates a number of projects related to homelessness and tackling the root causes.

In our roles within the Neighbourhood Services department, we link in with a variety of organisations providing services to Dundonians. This visit was specifically to discuss the Prisoner Resettlement Pilot which has been operating for the last 18 months with the aim of preventing the re-offending cycle.

It was great to hear of the progress that a number of individuals have had, not only in terms of no longer re-offending but also in maintaining their own tenancy.

We are keen to support this type of initiative and I look forward to reading the final Scottish Government assessment document which will detail the successes and failures of the project and how this type of project can proceed.

The 3rd STEP Program of 2016

1The 3rd STEP Program of 2016 has come to an end! Working in partnership with Abertay Housing Association, Positive Steps were delighted to deliver Positive Steps’ 9 week lifestyle program (STEP) to the residents at Fintry Mains Sheltered Housing Complex. Using an action learning process, the sessions are fun, interactive, community based and free. The topics covered include Healthy eating, Managing addictions and medication, Financial planning, Good mental health, Sexual health, Coping with change and Effective communication.

We were delighted to work with the Dundee Community Safety Partnership Team who came along for a visit to discuss safety within the home. We also had Robert Bichan from Tai Chi Dundee come in and give a Tai Chi taster session – which everyone enjoyed!

Some feedback received; “Enjoyed each week. Enjoyed making new friends. Interesting and fun, thank you”.

We were sad to say goodbye and look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Oor Wullie Bucket Trail

Our Housing Support Team arranged with the Service users to go on the hunt for as many Oor Wullie’s. The service users had a great day out and enjoyed getting their photo taking with the Oor Wullie Statuse’s.