Our Young People Service is now working with the Gloucestershire Youth Support Team (YST) to deliver the 'Skills for Life – an introduction to independent living' programme across the six districts in the county.

The Skills for Life programme has been developed by our Young People Services in partnership with the Gloucestershire Youth Support Team, using our existing Preparation for Independence (PFI) programme as a base.

The PFI programme is designed to equip our young service users with the fundamental skills needed to lead a fully independent life. The programme covers topics such as understanding rights, managing a home, how to manage finances, how to keep safe and be healthy, plus more.

Following a county-wide service mapping exercise, the programme has been developed and approved for delivery by the Gloucestershire Youth Support Team, Planning and Development panel, whose intention is for the programme to be rolled out to 15-19 year olds across the six Gloucestershire districts in September 2012.

The programme has been accredited by ASDAN, a charitable social enterprise that offers flexible ways to accredit skills for learning, employment and life.

The Skills for Life programme will be delivered by a Rooftop Development Worker, a CRO NEET (Case Responsible Officer for the Not Employed in Education or Training) from Gloucestershire’s Youth Support Team and a Youth Worker, bringing together different backgrounds and experiences to aid holistic delivery whilst providing individual support to attendees.

The 18 hour programme is conducted over 12 weeks and upon successful completion, users are awarded credits that contribute towards an NVQ qualification.