This module focuses on economic well-being; that is maximising income, including receipt of the correct benefit, reducing overall debt, obtaining and participating in paid work.
- Budgeting plans for utility bills (Gas, Electric, Water, TV licence and Schemes available)
- Food to have in the cupboard for meals when money is limited; e.g. Eggs, Pasta, Potatoes, Rice etc
- Preparation of food; freezing and/or refrigeration of meals to make income go further
- Accessing support for problems with personal debts
- Who to contact, e.g. Citizens Advice
- Methods in money management and debt reducing strategies
- Tips on how to budget income in a more positive manner, e.g. turning off lights, televisions, radios etc
- Job search skills, including where to look for employment opportunities e.g. local press or shop windows
- How to set out a CV
- Interview presentation; correct clothes, body language, asking the right questions
- Verbal and written communication; covering telephone manner and how to set out a written letter
- Benefit entitlements; Job Seekers Allowance, Budgeting loans, Crisis loans, ESA, DLA, Community Care Grant etc
- Criteria for obtaining a particular benefit
- Where to go to get advice e.g. Department for Work and Pensions, A TO Z OF Benefits, Internet
- Work related benefits: Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credits, Housing Benefit entitlements, Welfare Reform, Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payments, Local Assistance Scheme etc
This module includes guidance around participation in chosen training and/or education and, where applicable, achieving desired qualifications; it encourages participation in chosen leisure, cultural, faith, informal learning activities and chosen work activities; finally it emphasises the importance of establishing contact with external services, family and/or friends.
- The Benefits of accessing voluntary work – Council for Voluntary Service
- Discuss services that provide placements and other education providers such as Hull College or the Lonsdale Centre, as well as in-house training and activities. These may include gardening, cooking, cleaning and maintenance. The importance of attending on a regular basis, showing commitment, good time-keeping and verbal and telephone communication are also discussed
- Other community based education services, such as the Prince’s Trust and Goodwin Resource Centre etc
- Looking at and expanding on interests
- Looking at ways to offset boredom: local gyms, local leisure centres, tonic cards and other services in the community
- Hobbies and leisure activities; Joining a library, volunteering your time, fishing, bowling, ice-skating etc
- Exploring ways-means of where to find things cheaply to further your interest or hobby.
- Addictions and the psychological, physical and social impact associated with misusing substances, be that alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs
- Support services available in the community – and in-house
- Classification of drugs – and the impact on society in general.
- Diet, healthy eating.
- Problems of unbalanced diet and allergies; Vitamins and food supplements
- Basic human biology. Self-examination – checking for problems. Melanomas, skin cancer, head lice, testicular problems.
- How to recognise stress and its effects on the individual.
- The body’s requirements – a look at the things we need to ensure our bodies work effectively, i.e. sleep, rest, food and exercise.
This module explores the theme of staying safe, covering subjects such as the securing and maintenance of accommodation and avoiding eviction; it looks at the importance of complying with statutory orders and processes (particularly in relation to offending behaviour); lastly it covers minimising harm/risk from self or others and avoiding causing harm to others.
- Attending Probation appointments
- Paying off Court fines
- Community Service
- Paying off outstanding rent arrears
- Impact of paying off financial commitments will have on people’s ability to maintain independent living
- Obtaining settled accommodation
- Registering with local housing authority
- Housing Associations
- Exploring what could get in the way of accessing and maintaining a tenancy.
- Accessing support from services in the local community e.g. Citizens Advice, Humbercare, YPSS, Wardens, British Legion etc
- Setting up a home, including Welfare Assistance grant application process and criteria and other support services in the community
- How to protect your accommodation and personal property
- Consideration for others (for instance when living in flats); what to do and what not to do
- Getting involved in the local community, e.g. local community centres and resident forums.
- What basic items to have in should you have to administer first-aid to self or others.