Skills4Life

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We engage young people in activities designed to divert them away from the streets. Our aim is to stop or minimise anti-social behaviour, avoid barriers to life opportunities (such as teenage pregnancies) and assist young people in moving away from crime that is affecting our community. We also support unemployed people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) ages 18 to 24, to help motivate and create vision and develop enterprise ideas in order to progress to employment.

During this current pandemic we currently deliver our sessions online through our MEaP Academy Online School.

We focus on the following areas:

  • Developing Interpersonal Skills
  • Introduction to Self-Employment
  • Building a Personal Career Portfolio
  • Leadership and Team Building skills

What we can do for you

We focus on two age groups, 11 to 15 years and 16 to 19 years. The activities we provide involve developing skills for adulthood by helping young people become responsible for their own lives and for the lives of others. Skills4Life provides a one-stop youth service that includes:

  • Mental and physical health
  • Education
  • Family sessions and youth counselling

Peer mentoring

Our Skills4Life offering also includes peer mentoring. This provision gives young people the opportunity to develop their interpersonal skills, increase their confidence and self-esteem, and become more proactive in the community. Our mentors provide the intensive support that enables young people to overcome personal and practical barriers to employment.

Community mentoring
and mediation service

Our integrated community mentoring and mediation service helps young people and their families to resolve conflict within the home and at school, by addressing issues that inhibit the family from functioning as a whole.

We train volunteers to become community mentors or mediators who can effectively employ restorative justice approaches within the home, school and community. Having established a localised, community support service, we help to promote and provide equality of opportunity for our young people.

Becoming a mentor

Our GIFT Volunteer Mentors Training Programme provides ongoing opportunities for volunteers who are willing to provide support to young people who are experiencing disadvantage in developing their education and career aspirations. GIFT currently has mentors drawn from the local community who have a diverse range of backgrounds. What they all have in common, though, is the ability and commitment to relate and respond to local needs. They bring a breadth of knowledge spanning employment, teaching, construction, social work, sport and arts.

Business Enterprise, Employment
and Training (BEET)

Another of our Skills4Life projects, BEET provides the opportunity for young people to participate in weekly workshops focusing on areas that include:

  • How to use your life skills and experience to achieve your goals
  • How to overcome peer pressure and stay focused
  • How to overcome barriers that prevent you from achieving your goals
  • How to deal with past disappointments and frustrations

MEaP equality and
diversity training

We currently offer two accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training workshops.

An Introduction to Culturally Sensitive Equality and Diversity Training The objectives of this workshop include:

  • Acquainting participants with the Equality Act 2010
  • Exploring the interpretation of the Equality Act 2010 through a cultural lens
  • Examining how a culturally sensitive interpretation of the Equality Act 2010 impacts organisational policy making

By the end of the training, participants will have gained an appreciation and understanding of:

  • How culture and cultural difference can impact interpretation of the Equality Act 2010
  • Culture as a dynamic and changing concept
  • How to build cultural skills, knowledge, competence and culturally appropriate practice that encourage inclusive practice

An Introduction to Education for Global Citizenship The objectives of this workshop include:

  • Acquainting participants with the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
  • Acquainting participants with Education for Global Citizenship teaching and learning
By the end of the training, participants will have gained an appreciation and understanding of how:
  • Local cultural enquiry can impact the interpretation of Education for Global Citizenship to form the concept of ‘glocal’
  • The UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals can underpin the use of Education for Global Citizenship in the classroom
  • To embed Education for Global Citizenship in classroom/session planning and delivery
We are passionate about looking after our NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) that can often feel as though they are our lost generation. We feel that developing LifeSkills for employment but also entrepreneurship is crucial especially for this moment. We are very proud to be able to offer work placement opportunities in our local community enterprises to our learners, helping them to get on their feet and fly.
Mr Henry Ngawoofah – Head of Skills4Life

Our Curriculum

We support unemployed people who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) ages 18 to 24, to help motivate and create vision and develop enterprise ideas in order to progress to employment. During this current pandemic we currently deliver our sessions online through our MEaP Academy Online School.

We focus on the following areas

• Developing Interpersonal Skills
• Introduction to Self-Employment
• Building a Personal Career Portfolio
• Leadership and Team Building skills

Term dates

Autumn Term
Tuesday 1st September – Friday 18th December 2020 Half Term: Monday 26 October – Friday 30 October 2020

Spring Term
Monday 4 January – Wednesday 31 March 2021 Half Term: Monday 15 February – Friday 19 February 2021

School closes for Easter break
Thursday 1 April – Friday 16 April 2021

Summer Term
Monday 19th April – Wednesday 21 July 2021 Bank Holiday: Monday 3rd May 2021 Half Term: 31 May – 4 June 2021

School closes for Summer break
Wednesday 21 July 2021

Our after-school provision will also deliver activities during the holiday periods; Easter and Summer Exam revision classes

Prices

Please contact us for further details as we will put together a bespoke package for you.