National Express Foundation are supporting St Basils with a £2,500 grant to assist our Life Skills programme!
Some of our young people are just 16 when they come to us. Our Life Skills programme aims to teach them the skills to live independently.
Over the course of a year, our Life Skills programme enables the young people to build a portfolio of three modules relevant to their situation, which in turn helps them to develop key independent living skills in areas such as literacy, budgeting and healthy eating. Once the three modules are successfully completed they are then awarded an Open College Network Level 1 Award in Progression and commemorated at our annual Life Skills awards ceremony - an important step in enabling young people to return to education, and a real confidence booster in helping them realise that further education is an option for them.
With this funding St Basils is able to enrol and support five young people on the Life Skills course. Once completed they will then become ambassadors to encourage other young people to take up learning opportunities which will increase the impact of this important project.
Tamaan Wilkinson, Manager of our Learning,Skills and Work team said: “We are so grateful to the National Express Foundation for awarding us this grant to help fund Life Skills courses. Life Skills at St Basils is integral to ensuring young people have the knowledge and confidence to move on successfully but it also has wider impacts; we find that young people’s aspirations are raised, they are more likely to pursue other further education options. This grant will have a lasting impact ensuring improved life chances and a more secure future for our young people””
For more information on the National Express Foundation visit: www.nationalexpressgroup.com/foundation