This project aims to provide evidence of the impact of outdoor activities on young people from displaced, host, and additional needs communities. The hope is that this project will demonstrate the following:
A Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor qualified to the highest of UK standards is currently overseeing the project with two interns and the support of other STEP staff when needed. The aim is to expand into a multi-disciplinary team that would provide outdoor instruction and mental health support as well as engage with the different communities in a way that might enhance inter-community cohesion.
As it stands currently, the adventure therapy activities provide an excellent opportunity for young people to escape their hard realities with time in nature, packed with fun and educational activities. With the appropriate funding and resources, this could grow into an alternative mental health initiative where their experiences could be guided towards optimal therapeutic results.
'Çîyako' has a very deep meaning in Syrian Kurdish which expresses the liberating release of emotions through the act of 'calling out to the mountain'. We wish to emulate this freedom of expressing oneself and one's emotions without limitations with this project through the healing powers of the mountains and adventure therapy.
The Drop-In Centre provides a safe space for children. It was started in 2002 specifically to meet the needs of working boys who had nowhere to rest in the market.
STEP is working in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs to develop a foster care system in the Kurdish Region of Iraq.
STEP has provided Child Protection Services through the Child Friendly Space inside the Arbat Refugee camp since 2013.