EduLIFE Project is an educational and life skill development provision for learners with learning disability and autism. The aim of this project is to enable its learners to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to make a successful transition to adulthood and to live, work and contribute as part of their community.
As part of the programme, each person draw up a Person Centred Plan (PCP) outlining their life goals and develop a network of people that will help them facilitate their independent life, known as a Circle of Support. Person Centred Planning allows the person to learn more about themselves and explore what they want their future to look like. This is an approach that is now recognised around the world as key for empowering individuals and increasing their self determination and independence.
The EduLIFE project curriculum focus on four Preparing for Adulthood Pathways – Independence, Employment, Health and wellbeing and Community Inclusion. Learners will access all four Pathways but the content of their programme will be weighted towards their desired, personalised outcomes.
Learners are supported, where possible, in setting their own learning targets. Functional skills such as communication, literacy, numeracy and ICT are developed throughout the entire curriculum.
Learners will also be able to access the following modules as part of their programme:
- Independent Living skills
- Using computer technology
- Coping with people
- Communication skills
- Personal safety
- Using ICT
- Developing Literary and Numeracy skills
- Meal preparation and cooking
- Money management
- Art and Craft
- Everyday Living
- Travel Training.
All Learners will have an individual folder and portfolio with their learning plan and workbooks.
We want to improve the way adults with learning disability acquire skills and participate in everyday life. The approach we will use to enable this is called Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). PBS will be used to help our learners overcome patterns of challenging or socially isolating behaviours. This helps them to learn more effectively and achieve their longterm goals. We will also run art and craft sessions and Music and Movement sessions where beneficiaries will participate in music lessons and activities which will build their self esteem, confidence and give them a skill.
The aim of the project is to support individuals to be involved in educational learning process and also have the opportunity to develop life skills by being involved in everyday practical community experience. Service users will be supported to access services in Thurrock by our team of personal assistants.
Service users also have the opportunity to work towards an Accredited Educational certificate.
A typical day at the EduLIFE Project starts from 9am and ends at 4pm with learners spending time on classroom Education Training and Practical Community Experience.
Group sizes are kept small, with a maximum of 5 adults in a group. The day starts at 9am and ends at 4pm.