Our new course helps
people live independently

14 August 2015

The Sheffield Foyer is celebrating having its own training course nationally accredited.

Young people studying on computers

The foyer is a 60-room scheme providing accommodation for young people aged 16 to 25, including care leavers and young mothers-to-be.

To help them prepare for the responsibilities of living independently the foyer teaches a ‘Move on’ training course. The course is now certified by the National College of Further Education, so participants will also gain a qualification equal to an NVQ Level 1.

Supporting independent living

Karen Shimwell, senior support officer at the foyer, said:

“Sometimes when young people move on into their own homes they can fall into rent arrears or be at risk of anti-social behaviour. We can help them with independent living by giving advice and training on cooking, money management, health and communication.

“Some of the young people we work with face difficult circumstances – they might have dropped out of school or not be in touch with their families. Being able to study a course gives them a real confidence boost, and for some of them, their first recognised qualification.”

Resident Laura Kehtarnavaz has just started her training. She said:

“The training is giving me the knowledge I need to live independently. I feel much more confident about living on my own.”