“I have been involved with fundraising for St. Basils for some years but recently decided that I would like to become more directly involved with the young people in my area.
I met up with Derrick Manyanda, the Wyre Forest St Basils coordinator who asked if I would like to run the “Pretenancy course” for the young people at the Kidderminster Foyer. This is a short 6 week course which the residents can attend for approximately an hour a week. The course consists of four modules
a) Preparing for tenancy
b) Enjoying a healthy lifestyle
c) Improving financial confidence
d) Creating a home.
At the end of the course attendees receive a certificate to acknowledge their commitment.
The sessions have been really well received by the young people with plenty of interaction and lively discussion, students leaving with a little more knowledge and a greater confidence in their own ability. They understand the responsibilities of taking on a tenancy and have a greater awareness of the costs involved in being responsible for their own home.
The benefit and enjoyment has been a two way channel. I have been able to use the wealth of experience I have gained through a teaching career spanning over 30 years and continue my commitment to the future of young people. The young people have been able to learn the basic necessities of living independently, in small tailor made groups adapted to their different learning styles. From a very personal perspective, I have found it very self-gratifying; I hope that I’ve made a real difference. I’ve certainly enjoyed doing it.
For anyone thinking of volunteering at St. Basils I can strongly recommend it!”
- Written by Sarah Venning