The full report can be found and downloaded on the official website off http://www.1singlestep.org
First thing is that the title immediately jumped out to me “Zero to Hero”. This title is something that is filled with potential. It is catchy, short and sweet that also indicates a journey, a transition that would catch the eye of most people. I really like the title.
The explanation of what the report is about is a clear over view that gives a sense of clarity to the reader. They know what to expect to read about and can make sense of the information more as they go along. Using the line “One Single Step at a time” continues to reinforce the charities name as well as reinforcing the concept of the charity being part of a journey (as every journey starts with a step) but also the journey being achievable as it is just one step at a time.
During the “Intention of Report” section there were a few lines that again, jumped out at me. These were:
* “Identifying with past”
* “Accepting the present”
* Moving on towards a future they feel in control of.”
These jumped out at me because i feel these sum up what the charity is about and what the charity does. It is not about getting people to forget what hurt them or to tell them what they should be doing. It is about understanding and accepting the situation, which is a much more healthy way of dealing with a problem/problems. One Single Step is about guiding someone to what they are wanting, not controlling them are the situation. It is about exploring options that would best fit the individual. As known from the 1singlestep.org website there is a section titled “The Individual” this is because OSS take the time to get to know and understand the individual as best they can because there is a big focus on the individual as there is not a one quick fix for everyone.
Ages 18-23 is when people will be going through a lot of different scenarios where they may be in need of guidance. 18-23 is when one may experience guilt, loss or experience a lack of direction and purpose. At such an age people may feel more reserved for asking help and with the negative stigma attached with MI they may be hesitant to reach out because of the fear they are going to be treated like a child, being told what to do and someone trying to tell them how they are feeling. This could result to a feeling a loss of independence or pride. This is where OSS is different, the individual is still in control, it is about exploring and guiding someone, not trying to control them. A lot of people may just be un aware of the options available to them, this is another way how OSS could help. “The Light Directory” may be all one needs to start their journey to life they are wanting to lead without even having to contact anyone involved with OSS.
As mentioned OSS is about helping people with employability, education and well being. These are three things that can help enrich the lives of someone and help them feel better in themselves. This could help the problem of:
* Lack of purpose,
* Lack of direction,
* Feeling vulnerable,
* Emotionally fragile,
* Physically lacking
* Non motivated,
* Neglected, and
* Feeling damaged.
There are other ways that can help someone out of a “dark time” or improve on someones MI. OSS recognises how effective the arts can have on an individual. A creative outlet can be used as a form of escapism or motivation during hard times. There is also a section of the involvement OSS have with The Arts on the website.
The section titled “Initial Observations” shows that there are some set backs and issues that come with starting up something new. There is a trail and error process involved. Practical activities are a positive way to allow someone to open up, there will be a lesser sense of pressure. The report mentions giving the young people are target to do for the next session which seems to be held a week after. When giving a target people, despite how fragile, can and will motivate themselves more. By setting targets you are allowing the individual to have more control of the situation by allowing them help themselves. People who come to OSS don’t need “someone to do all the work for them” but may just need some light and direction. OSS provide the tools and the individual will build upon the foundation OSS can set for them, that is if the person wants it enough they will. This section also shows how effective the Arts can be as there was progress made with the young people through the art of fashion, writing, drawing, music, etc.
OSS is about letting someone lead the life they love, not the life they may feel they need.
The section marked “Session One- March 26th 2012” shows more trail and error. Testing things and understanding what works and what does not for certain people. As mentioned before, there is not one method that would suit all. It also shows that the young people are having a voice and it is that voice that has even helped shape their own individual programme/plan.
OSS is not about creating a short term quick fix, but a long term plan to enrich the life of the individual. They are guided, not led. This is a poit that keeps being brought to attention as it is something very important to the ethos of OSS.
The section marked “Real Life Stories” mentions Tor Bruce talking to the young adults who shared their stories with him. Everyone has a story to tell and they “were very keen to get the information out”. Sometimes people need a listening ear and even when one is offered some will be more with holding than others. This demonstrates the importance of to develop a plan specific to the individual therefore getting to know a bit about the person. Not one plan fits all and some journeys with OSS may be longer than others, but every journey taken is important and has substance, meaning and reason.
Session 3 April 9, Session 4 April 16th and Session 4 April 23rd all show real progress with the OSS programme. This is due to the contacts being made, emails sent out, work shown and visits taken.
The section titled “The Lone Wolf” shows the potential in the individuals that may come to OSS. This story shows just how some guidance and a listening ear can make such big difference.
Section 7 May 7th talks about the day when a paper template for a potential website was given to a designer from Northern Designers. This website is now a functional source that could be the beginning of someones journey with OSS.
Session 8- May 14 opened my eyes to how accessible OSS is and how many people could potentially be/get involved.
The Conclusion and Suggestions section of the report mentions the NE being a region “dependant on alcohol and drugs”. Alcohol and drugs seemed to be a running theme for the 15 individuals according to the report. The drugs and alcohol played a part wether it being themselves consuming the substances or being effected via family members. They were also used as a way of “numbing the senses”. This led to a raised awareness of drug and alcohol and abuse and ways around it. They also discussed what can be done to help not just themselves with the abuse of substances but for the region “dependant on alcohol and drugs”. Surveys were suggested and surveys are both useful and valuable forms of research.
In conclusion, after reading the report i found it:
* Proved progress,
* Created a raised awareness for the young adults,
* Single Steps were made in the right direction,
* The programme motivated people, and
* Proven evidence that OSS have had a very positive effect on those fragile and in need of some guidance.
Guidance was given and progress was made.