Community Skills Programme
This programme is aimed at young people aged 16-25 who are unable to engage with further education and employability programmes.
In Community Skills, we focus on skills-based learning through social group activities. Opportunities are tailored to the needs and interests of the group whilst linking to the wider community.
Most of the young people who access this programme will have gained some qualifications at National 3 level and above. They have basic literacy and numeracy skills and will either be autistic or have related conditions or barriers. They are able to work semi-independently on the tasks and activities, which form part of the programme, in a group setting.
The Community Skills Programme offers a variety of sessions and the young people will spend time learning practical work-based skills that can be applied to volunteering placements. Young people are able to move onto the Bridge 2 Employment programme if suitable.
The core sessions on offer for the Community Skills Programme are:
- Personal Health and Wellbeing
- Personal Life Skills (evidence can be collated for accreditation at ASDAN or SAP)
- Independent Skills (such as traveling independently)
- Personal Safety
- Cooking and Food Preparation
- ·Gardening and environmental sessions
- ·Hobbies and Interests
Young people on the Community Skills Programmme have the opportunity to gain accredited qualifications through our sessions and activities. These qualifications are accredited through ASDAN and the Skills Accreditation programme facilitated through Borders College. Courses will be chosen based on their ability to be completed through skills-based evidence over a focus on written work.
We offer young people the ability to explore creative practices, their own hobbies and interests, and outdoor learning opportunities. We encourage young people to share their interests so we may find local opportunities for activities that will be of interest to them. Beyond the core elements of each programme, therefore, differ from site to site and change and develop alongside the young people.
Some of the options we explore with our young people will include, but are not limited to:
- IT skills
- Music and Film Production
- Board Games and
- Computer Gaming
- Sport and Fitness
- Outdoor learning sessions in partnership with other organisations