The Life Skills Challenge initiative aims to help lads make the transition to independent living in the community by learning skills such as cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene and budgeting.
The challenges are agreed with each lad to meet their individual needs and interests, and take around an hour each to complete. Generally, they do one a week for not more than 12 weeks leading up to their release.
The enrichment part of the initiative is like a youth club session taking place one evening a week and helps with developing social and community skills. Group work provides opportunities to explore issues like compromise and negotiation as they work together, for example making toasties for each other, which can help with developing relationships and communication.
Here's what some of the lads had to say:
“Thank you to you all for helping me learn new stuff.”
“I really enjoy cooking and especially cooking things that other people will like too.”
“Communication is something I struggle with and I don’t think people really understand me or what I’m trying to say. I hope that now I will be more patient when talking to people.”
In2Out has been delivering the Life Skills Challenge initiative since August 2019 led by Beth with a number of volunteers helping out. The lads on the Keppel Unit have multiple, complex needs and many of them have gone on to self-refer to the In2Out mentoring process.