All citizens require life skills to successfully function in the world today. Because life skills are not hereditary, they must be taught.
Experience has shown us that there are some 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. This is done 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, have never been taught them 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.
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