The Michael Lynch Centre for Enterprise
71 Princes Street, Ardrossan, Ayrshire
KA22 8DG Tel No: 01294 475636

Scottish Charity No 028100
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CHAP were commissioned by North Ayrshire Council to deliver a programme of Homelessness Education lessons to pupils in all of the secondary schools across North Ayrshire.

The project is currently working with young people from the following schools and youth groups

We deliver a single lesson to every fourth year Personal Social Education class in North Ayrshire

Education Department

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About Us

The Education Department was formed in 2005 when CHAP was commissioned by North Ayrshire Council to deliver a programme of Homelessness Education lessons to pupils in all of the secondary schools across North Ayrshire. The aims of the lessons are to prevent youth homelessness, raise awareness of the reality of homelessness and to destigmatise the issue.

It is intended that the lessons will encourage young people to carefully consider their options before taking the decision to leave home and to enable them to identify who would be able to assist them with housing issues. The lessons were primarily delivered to all fourth year pupils within North Ayrshire; however our work has developed over the years to include working with young people in other school years and young people involved in local youth training groups.

The project is currently working with young people from the following schools/youth groups;

Schools and Groups
  • ARDROSSAN ACADEMY
  • ARRAN HIGH SCHOOL
  • AUCHENHARVIE ACADEMY
  • GREENWOOD ACADEMY
  • IRVINE ROYAL ACADEMY
  • KILWINNING ACADEMY
  • ST MATTHEWS ACADEMY
  • LARGS ACADEMY
  • GARNOCK COMMUNITY CAMPUS
  • PRINCE'S TRUST
  • NORTH AYRSHIRE EXTENDED OUTREACh
  • HIVE AT AYRSHIRE COLLEGE (KILWINNING CAMPUS)
  • REDBURN ACTIVITY AGREEMENT GROUP

WORKING WITH SCHOOLS

We deliver a single lesson to every fourth year Personal Social Education class in North Ayrshire.

Objectives of the lesson;
  • Pupils will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the many reasons why individuals become homeless
  • Pupils will be able to identify the housing options that are available to them
  • Pupils will be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the costs involved in living away from home
  • Pupils will be able to identify local organisations who are able to assist and support them with housing issues
Included in the lesson is;
  • A general overview of the severity of homelessness amongst the youth of North Ayrshire
  • An interactive activity aimed at destigmatising homelessness
  • A brief overview of housing options available to young people
  • Examples of weekly budgets which will highlight how challenging managing money can be and the financial reality of leaving home

CHAP also delivers a more extensive training package to pupils who follow an ‘alternative curriculum’ within the local secondary schools, again focusing on homelessness prevention.

Objectives of the ‘alternative curriculum’ input;
  • Young people will begin to think about the process of leaving home and will be able to identify who can assist with this procedure
  • Young people will gain an understanding of the Council Common Housing Register Allocation Policy
  • Young people will be able to identify the various housing providers in the local area
  • Young people will gain a better understanding of the reality of homelessness and the homelessness procedure
  • Young people will gain a better understanding of the costs involved in having a tenancy
  • Young people will be able to identify their rights and responsibilities as a tenant
  • Young people will be able to recognise the process involved in leaving a tenancy

In addition to this work, we also deliver a workshop to 6th year pupils to prepare them for life as Students.

Aims of the student accommodation workshops;
  • To prevent youth homelessness
  • To raise awareness of the reality of being a student
Objectives of student accommodation workshop;
  • Pupils will be able to identify the various accommodation options that are available to them as students
  • Pupils will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the costs involved in living away from home
  • Pupils will be able to demonstrate an understanding of their rights and responsibilities as a tenant
  • Pupils will gain an understanding of the various skills required when living away from home

Are we successful

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  • From all the young people the project has worked with since it began in 2005; 95% have conveyed that they found the sessions useful.
  • Of all the classes delivered in North Ayshire in 2016, before the lesson, 15% said they were likely to leave home in the next 2 years. By the end of the workshops this figure had fallen to 7%.
  • As well as enjoying the sessions, 95% Pie chart 86% more homelessness consideration of the young people have indicated that they would consider leaving home more carefully after receiving the sessions.
  • 86% 86% of the young people worked with since 2005 thought that homelessness was a big problem in North Ayrshire before the input was delivered. A further 95% 95% however, were made more aware of the problem of homelessness as a result of the input. Also, on completion of the workshops, 90% 90% of young people showed that they could now identify places to go for assistance if they became homeless.
  • The young people also seem to have a greater understanding of the financial reality of managing a tenancy with 63% 63% of the young people changing their opinion of the costs involved.

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  • What do the young people think of our work?

YOUNG PEOPLE'S VIEW

The Education Department feel that it is important for the young people to be involved in the future development of the work that we do, so all young people are given the opportunity to evaluate our input.
Hopefully the following statements from young people show our success.


A pupil at Auchenharvie Academy (September 2016) said...

  • quotation mark image Anyone can be homeless and don't judge people just because of how they look. quotation mark image

A pupil at Greenwood Academy (September 2016) said...

  • quotation mark image People can be homeless for many reasons. quotation mark image

When asked if they had learned anything from the lesson, pupils at Garnock Acadeny (January 2015) said...

  • quotation mark imageThat there are many ways to become homeless. quotation mark image

  • quotation mark imageThat homelessness isn't just staying in the streets. quotation mark image

  • quotation mark imageThe support that is available for young adults when they are leaving home. quotation mark image

When asked if they had learned anything from the lesson, pupils at Largs Academy (March 2016) said...

  • quotation mark image I learned that it's not easy to live on your own and not all homeless people are as you expect them to be. quotation mark image

  • quotation mark image Not all homeless people are actually roofless. quotation mark image

When asked if they had learned anything from the lesson, pupils at St. Matthews Academy (August 2015) said...

  • quotation mark imageIt's much harder to stay in my own house by myself than I originally thought. quotation mark image

  • quotation mark imageThere is more than one kind of homelessness. quotation mark image

When asked if they had learned anything from the student accomodation workshop, pupils from Arran High School (August 2016) said...

  • quotation mark image How much halls cost per week. quotation mark image

  • quotation mark image Bursaries and student loan info. quotation mark image

When asked if they had learned anything from the student accomodation workshop, a pupil from Greenwood Academy (November 2016) said...

  • quotation mark image Detailed information about student accommodation. quotation mark image

    • quotation mark image The amount I am eligible to receive due to household income and the way it is paid. quotation mark image


  • What do the teachers think of our work?

TEACHERS VIEW

A teacher at Auchenharvie Academy (Oct 2016) said…

quotation mark image Pupils all benefit.quotation mark image

A teacher at Greenwood Academy (Sep 2016) said...

quotation mark image Excellent delivery, appropriate level and very relevant to the class. quotation mark image

A teacher at Irvine Royal Academy (March 2016) said...

quotation mark image Well delivered course with valuable knowledge . quotation mark image

A teacher from Irvine Royal Academy (March 2016) said of the student accomodation workshop...

quotation mark image Very successful in preparing students for living costs / expenses and informing pupils of how to apply to SAAS .quotation mark image


The local area

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LOCAL AREA STATISTICS

  • 746 people presented as homeless to North Ayrshire Council in 2016,
    208 of those who presented were aged between 16-25 years old

  • There are around 62,189 households in North Ayrshire
  • There are around 136,130 people in North Ayrshire
  • The main reason why young people, aged between 16-25, become homeless in North Ayrshire is due to arguments at home
  • In North Ayrshire, homelessness rose from 740 people presenting as homeless in 1996, to a peak in 2003-04, where there were 1826 people presenting as homeless.

    Since then there has been a steady decrease every year, with 746 people presenting as homeless in 2016.

Volunteering

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VOLUNTEERING WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

CHAP’s Education Department has a variety of volunteering opportunities available on an ongoing basis.

If you have spare time and would like to assist local young people or just learn new skills, please Contact Us for further information.

Opportunities available;
  • Administration Duties
  • Information Technology
  • Development of resources and promotional materials
  • Working with young people (subject to a PVG scheme record disclosure)

CHAP is a registered provider for the Millennium Award Scheme. If you are aged between 16-25, you will receive recognised certificates for all volunteering hours.

Why should you volunteer? You could;
  • Meet NEW friends!!
  • Take the first steps towards CHANGING your life for the better
  • Learn something new
  • Enhance your job prospects
  • Become part of our team and enjoy our friendly environment

Go on, give yourself the credit you are due. There is no future in the past!

Volunteering will give you the opportunity to grow personally and realise your potential.

So why not give yourself the chance that you thought you would never have?



EXAMPLES OF HOW VOLUNTEERING HAS ENHANCED INDIVIDUAL LIVES

As a result of the project’s involvement with the Prince’s Trust, and the partnership work that was carried out with regards to the production of the DVD, a young person from one of the ‘Teams’ had been recruited as a volunteer with the project.

The young man in question played a major role in the production and filming of the DVD, and as a result wanted to become more involved with the project and assist with the delivery of the input. This individual had overcome various obstacles throughout the course of his life, and had a variety of skills and experience to offer the project.

As well as the project benefiting from having the assistance of a young person whilst facilitating workshops and developing resources, the young persons’ volunteering role also provided him with invaluable practical experience and an opportunity to build on his existing skills, as well as learning new ones.

It was a mutual beneficial experience, and it is hoped that the project can build on this experience by recruiting more young people as volunteers.

Contact Us

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If you wish to contact us, for whatever reason, you can phone, fax, email or write using the details below.

Alternatively, you could visit our youth website to contact us, it’s your choice!

Contact details


CHAP Education Department - The Michael Lynch Centre for Enterprise EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
CHAP
The Michael Lynch Centre for Enterprise
71 Princes Street
Ardrossan
Ayrshire
KA22 8DG


General Enquiries: 01294 475636
Fax: 01294 475637
Email:chaphousing@gmail.com
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