Skills4Life – Spring Update 2022
The Skills4Life project is at an important stage, with work progressing well across all of our European settings.
Project partners have been hard at work gathering the lived experiences of young people in secure settings throughout the UK, France, Greece and Italy.
The partners met in beautiful Saumur, France this April to share our findings and plan for this next crucial phase. During this transnational meeting, we were able to make strong progress towards unifying our vision of a skills-based curriculum to support the transition of young people from secure settings back into society.
We are pleased to announce that the data collection phase of the project is approaching completion and in the coming month we hope to move on to creating our curriculum content. As our interviews progressed, we began looking at the stories we have gathered from the young people, (some still inside the prison and others after release) and began looking at the common barriers they were experiencing across our settings. These barriers have often involved decision making, access to information and a need to increase vital knowledge and skills.
These young people have given us valuable insights into their daily lives, and we have used these perspectives to inform the content of the teaching modules. Here are a few short examples of the kinds of things the young people are telling us: