Life Skills 

 


We worked with John Summers High School in Shotton. We had 6 participants 3 girls and 3 boys. This was an 8 week programme aimed at giving one to one support, advice and guidance in order to tackles issues relating to Mental Health and wellbeing, career choices, budgeting and money management, cooking and DIY. This project encouraged the young people to work together in a group and to have time outside of the school environment to develop their personal and social skills through planned activities. Life skills inspired the students through positive classroom and outdoor learning experiences.

Duration

8 weeks x 1 day (6 hours) 48 hours of engagement per participant – 288 hours in total

Curriculum Links

Maths, English and Geography

Activities

  • Cooking: Lasagne - shopping and budgeting, Outdoor cooking - BBQ
  • DIY and H&S in the home: Woodwork – Planters, Upcycling - chairs
  • Prospects – employment, education and training:  Visit to a company (Refurbs) Tour of company, Employer talk, Q&A between learners and employer, CV writing, Cover letter template and job
  • Community Engagement and Activities: 1) Castle Dinas Bran  2) Moel Famau  3) Cycling
  • Money Management:  Budgeting for shopping to be able to make a lasagne
  • Accreditation: Level 2 First Aid

Teacher feedback

The project offered a tailored package of activities designed to meet the specific needs of the young people.  It provided informal learning opportunities that stretched the young people’s horizons and challenged their thinking, enabling them to avoid disengagement from education.

Particular emphasis was given to students facing barriers to education. Support was offered to the young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, enabling them to reach their full potential.

The program encouraged the young people to take responsibility for their lives and their community.  Wider skills, team building and communication were developed, resulting in improved motivation and increased confidence, self-esteem and resilience.

The project raised aspirations and encouraged positive outcomes with these vulnerable young people.  They developed skills needed to become independent in their transition into adulthood.

 

Yvonne K Davies

Youth Development Worker

 

 

 

Pupil feedback:

 

‘I feel I am more confident’

 

‘Life Skills has impacted on my life greatly and I would love to do it again and do it for longer because I have met lots of great people’

 

‘It was great; I enjoyed everything that we did’