Young people in Sheffield given help to live independently
- 14 Aug
A housing scheme for young people with vulnerabilities in Sheffield has created its own training course which has been nationally accredited.
The course is run by Guinness Care and Support at the Sheffield Foyer, which is a 60-room scheme that provides accommodation for young people aged between 16-25 such as care leavers and young mothers, reports 24dash.
Along with proving temporary accommodation, the foyer also runs a course which helps the young people prepare for living life independently.
Earlier this year, the team celebrated having their ‘move on’ training accredited by the National College of Further Education. It means young people completing the course can now gain the equivalent to an NVQ Level 1.
Karen Shimwell, senior support officer at the Foyer, said: “We’ve worked with young people successfully for 15 years and we’re really proud of our track record. Without specific guidance, we know when young people ‘move on’ into their own accommodation and take on responsibility for their own tenancies, many fall into rent arrears, forget to pay their bills, or are at risk of anti-social behaviour. We help them acquire skills for independent living by providing advice and training on subjects like cooking, managing their money, health and hygiene, garden maintenance and communication. Some of the young people we work with face incredibly difficult circumstances – they might have dropped out of school or not be in touch with their families. Being able to study a course that’s accredited by the National College of Further Education obviously gives them a real confidence boost, and for some of them, their first recognised qualification.”
Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: "We have a big ambition for Sheffield that all children, young people and families in the city achieve their full potential. Becoming independent, living by yourself and taking on all the responsibilities that come with it – such as paying bills and being a good neighbour – can be a big step for anyone, especially young people. By completing this course and with the help and support from staff at the Sheffield Foyer, young people are being helped to live independently, gain confidence and achieve a qualification at the same time. Well done to them all and good luck in the future."
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