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.

Tai Chi class at STEP

The STEP Program was delighted to have Robert Bichan from Tai Chi Dundee come and give a Tai Chi taster session at one of our STEP groups. Tai Chi is a sequence of dynamic movements that combine soft and hard, with fast and slow actions, in a balanced and natural way that adheres to the philosophical Taoist principles of yin and yang from the “yijing” (Book of Changes). Contained within its framework are spiralling, twisting, and unique silk reeling energy movements, jumps, leaps and explosive energy releases.

During practice the body remains relaxed with the practitioners consciousness, breathing and actions all closely connected. These unique features enhance benefits to health, fitness, and weight-loss and are just a few of the reasons why so many people, regardless of age and level of fitness, regularly practice Tai Chi throughout the world today.

To contact Tai Chi Dundee you can Telephone 07776 043 321, email info@taichidundee.com, visit them at their website http://taichidundee.com/ or check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TaiChiInDundee/. As you can see our participants loved trying out Tai Chi.

Thanks again Robert!
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