PIP offers students accredited training to equip them with valuable skills for the future. Education and training focus on literacy and numeracy; preparation for employment; independent living skills; business enterprise; nutrition, cooking and healthy eating; exercise and lifestyle choices; arts and crafts; theatre and drama activities; and leisure activities that include residential holidays, going to nightclubs, and attending concerts and football matches.
PIP focuses on enabling our service users- many of whom are older, isolated and living alone – to access their local community. ASDAN accredited training and education, and activities offered include drop-in sessions that offer support for a wide variety of issues, such as council support, education, volunteering, employment and work placement opportunities; communication skills and self-advocacy; women’s group; arts and crafts groups; healthy lunch group; and community outings.
Our innovative travel training service provides intensive training on using public transport to enable our students to learn how to travel independently on specific routes to college, work or social activities. The training is continued until the student is able and confident to do that particular journey independently. The project delivers a structured programme catered to suit students’ needs. Students are provided with intensive support, and progress from being accompanied on their journey to being shadowed by staff from a distance. Eventually the trainee progresses to undertaking the entire journey independently.
Our Community Development Project provides focused and intensive support to isolated individuals and families who need support to develop networks and circles of support. A one-to-one project worker takes a person-centred approach to work with each service user, getting to know them and helping them to establish enduring circles of support. Engagement with the Community Development Project lasts for a minimum of six months and involves establishing short, medium and long-term goals, as well as supporting access to leisure, health, social and other community resources. The aim is to build a support network based on the individual’s goals, skills, needs and preference, according to clear outcomes decided by each service user and their project worker.