We have a designated Life Skills co-ordinator who runs the Open College Network (OCN) Level 1 Award in Progression Programme. Young people build a portfolio of evidence that allows them to work at their own pace. This is often the start of the young person’s journey back to education and builds their confidence.
Young people choose 3 modules from a choice of 15 Core modules. These include: developing skills for independent life, understanding your pregnancy and preparation for your baby, building a career portfolio, healthy eating, personal budgeting, using cooking skills in a domestic kitchen and others.
Young people can go on to do a further 6 modules, if their discussions with their Support Worker identify that they would benefit from extra sessions in order to be able to live independently. There is a vast range of modules young people can choose from and these are being added to all the time: Life Skills L1 modules list - Jan 16 (PDF).
The whole programme, including the manner of delivery and the life skills graduation awards evening, are designed to make young people feel valued and to value themselves.
At our awards evening, young people share their thoughts on the programmes we run. One young person said:
“I moved here when I was 6 months pregnant with my daughter. The support I have received at St Basils has helped me to learn to look after myself and my daughter, budget my money, cook healthy meals and get myself set up for the future. After being introduced to Life Skills, I have learnt a lot of new things and it has motivated me to get back into education. I now feel confident enough to start a course at college and I am hoping to do Forensic Science.”