Bringing hope where there is despair
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 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. 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.
We are always looking for volunteers to assist us as we support, encourage and assist homeless people, to improve their life chances, by equipping them with skills to sustain tenancies, employment and integration into the wider community.
Our lifeskills centre opens at 9am each weekday and if you can spare a few hours to help us in sorting basic problems and trying to equip people with basic life skills, then why not consider volunteering with us.
If you are interested in volunteering with The Whitechapel Mission, please contact our office on 03000 111 400 or view our volunteering diary.