Guest blog by Ewan Shinton, CEO of Thomley talking about the Achieve Lifeskills Programme

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The Clare Foundation has been working closely with Thomley, a charity providing opportunities for children with special educational needs and disabilities based in Worminghall, close to the Oxfordshire county border. They have been able to access our grant programme to create camping pods and magical experiences for children at Christmas. Last year Thomley launched their Achieve Lifeskills programme for young adults with SEND. For the coming academic year, they have exciting plans to open a satellite centre to open the programme up to learners from across Bucks.

Ewan Shinton, CEO of Thomley writes:

We are empowering and supporting young people in achieving the skills to live life more independently. The Achieve Lifeskills programme offers an entry level course designed to empower and support young people. The programme works towards a Diploma in Independent Living Skills and is for Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) holders aged 16-25, there are no entry requirements. It runs 2.5 days a week and is located on-site in a dedicated Learning Space, at Thomley (Worminghall) and the Healthy Living Centre (Aylesbury).

All young people need guidance to prepare for their future. A young person with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) may face additional challenges in achieving their goals. The programme is a blend of learning and hands on and practical tasks.

The modules are:

• Employability

• English & Maths qualifications

• Money management

• Independent living

• Accessing & interpreting information

• Healthy eating and health & safety

• Progression to independence pathways

The programme is inclusive of individual needs and considers the outcomes on a learners EHCP, their own views, individual areas of strength and development and their progression pathway. It is accredited by the National Open College and the Office for Standards in Education.

We are now recruiting leaners for the 2022/23 academic year starting in September 2022 at both Achieve centres.

For further details of the programme please call or email Andrew Smith:
M. 07596 098539


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