We make every effort to provide a person centred approach to help clients achieve their goals so that they can live an independent, fulfilling life.
Keyworkers complete Skills Audits with their clients and these are passed to the Skills Development team. We then create bespoke development plans which may include access to training and college courses, financial support around appropriate work clothing or equipment etc.
The Skills Development Officer links clients in with the various sessions run across SPEAR, including IT tuition and support with literacy and numeracy. SPEAR also holds classes for clients such as Art Club, Book Club, Chess Club, a cookery course; Cook 4 Life and a Cycle Maintenance course.
We know that increased self esteem comes with small steps of change and that all these steps make the difference to maintain a home and breaking the cycle of homelessness.
Some Highlights from our Skills and Development
Further development of our Skills and Development Programme
Through developing our Skills and Development Programme, SPEAR are keen to further help develop our service to clients and also, consider how we collect and count our outcomes. We made the following additions;
In addition, over 100 SPEAR clients engaged in Skills Development activities, doubling from he previous year and with over 25% of those clients gaining employment. Our Skills and Development programme allows ex homeless people to build up their confidence and to learn new skills such as IT literacy, CV writing and support through the interview stage and is critical to their journey to independence.
A client of ours had this to say about his experience: “I realised that I was capable of achieving great things…I have in the last year learned how to live with myself and accept the past that was my life for what it was and move on; none of this I could have done alone…I have no hesitation in saying that if it wasn’t for SPEAR I would not be alive.”
People shouldn’t die because they don’t have a home. It is the generosity of our supporters that enables us to continue our vital work. THANK YOU.