Lifeskills Centre

All citizens require life skills to successfully function in the world today. Because life skills are not hereditary, they must be taught.

Aim of the Lifeskills Centre

To support, encourage and assist homeless and social exclusion people, regardless of background, to improve their life changes, by equipping them with skills to sustain tenancies, employment and integration into the wider community. To introduce valuable life skills to youth and adults, enabling them to achieve their highest potential as employees and citizens through training and education.

The Centre is available for those who are homeless/ disadvantaged/ excluded. Rising numbers of "centre users" are in their teens and early 20's, ex-servicemen or non-English speaking immigrants and we help them into a fuller life rather than leaving them to become ingrained into life on the streets.

Experience has shown us that there are some homeless people who live a recurring pattern of street sleeping, hostel living and then into a flat, only to start the circle again six months later. Many of these individuals simply do not have the skill set to sustain a tenancy. We hope to break this recurring pattern by introducing the basic life skills required to keep people in a tenancy.

The Lifeskills Centre exists to empower, inform and enable homeless and other vulnerable people. The Centre delivers learning in an accessible and safe environment, in order to provide people with the resources to make real choices about their lives. The Centre is led by the needs of learners, and aims to respond to the aspirations and desires of the Centre users. The Centre does this by providing learning in the broadest sense, promoting supportive relationships, emotional literacy, basic skills and life skills.

'Life skills' are something most people take for granted. They are the skills we use every day - paying a bill, catching the bus, having a chat, doing the washing and cooking a meal. All of us have some skills that we are very good at, and some which we find more challenging. However, most people have enough skills to manage day-to-day living.

Sometimes - for many different reasons - people do not pick up these skills, or lose them. This could be because of physical or mental ill-health, addictions, or because they lose confidence in themselves and their abilities. Life skills are not just about knowing how to turn on the cooker or fill in a form - they are about having enough self respect to look after yourself and respect others around you.

Aim of the Lifeskills Unit

To support, encourage and assist homeless and social exclusion people, regardless of background, to improve their life changes, by equipping them with skills sustain tenancies, employment and integration into the wider community.

Objectives
  • Devise and deliver a programme of cooking sessions, basic computer skills over the year, based on identified needs.
  • To provide resources and advice on accessing training, education and employment opportunities.
Equal Opportunities

Whitechapel values diversity and as such recognises that service users come from a diverse range of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. The staff will ensure that the service user's needs and wants are responded to in a pro-active way whilst ensuring equal access to services and support that reflects their diverse needs.

Support provided by the Lifeskills Centre

The Centre offers a full range of services from within the Whitechapel Mission, their locality, the local authority and other support agencies as appropriate.

Areas of support offered to service users are:

  • to develop their ability to live independently and sustain a tenancy
  • to develop and maintain an involvement within the Mission and the local community
  • budgeting skills
  • leisure and social activities
  • daily practical living
  • practical and emotional support
  • to assist in developing and maintaining family and social networks

The Centre aims to respond to needs as they arise and to deliver a pro-active service.