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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 (Professionals)

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This section of the website provides information to professionals about the C.H.A.P Education Department.

General information, including Volunteering Opportunities can be found on the
Education Department page.

Our Work

CHAP has successfully delivered Education Services in North Ayrshire for the last 12 years. We offer a variety of input to both schools and youth groups;

SCHOOLS

The project has successfully engaged with all secondary schools in North Ayrshire.
Primarily, the project intended to deliver an awareness raising session to all fourth year pupils within the schools, focusing on homelessness and leaving home. As well as this, it was envisaged that the project would also be involved in delivering a more in depth programme to young people following an alterative curriculum within the schools. This was to ensure that those who may be more vulnerable to experiencing homelessness are targeted appropriately.

The aim of the sessions is 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.

Included in the session currently delivered to fourth year PSE classes
  • A general overview of the severity of homelessness amongst the youth of North Ayrshire
  • An interactive DVD is used in the lessons to help destigmatise 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
Included in the sessions currently delivered to Alternative Curriculum groups
  • An in depth look at the process of leaving home and who is able to assist with this procedure
  • An overview of the Common Housing Register Allocation Policy
  • An outline of the various housing providers in the local area
  • An examination of the reality of homelessness and the homelessness procedure
  • Examples of the costs involved in having a tenancy
  • Explanation of rights and responsibilities as a tenant
  • An overview of the correct procedure for leaving a tenancy

It is hoped that the information sessions will encourage a more carefully considered route towards independent living and will make young people aware of what help exists and how to get it, therefore reducing the number of youth homeless presentations.

  • From all the pupils the project worked with in 2016 during the course of the PSE input (701 pupils); an overall 96% 96% conveyed that they found the session useful and 95% 95% of these young people have indicated that they would consider leaving home more carefully after receiving the lesson.
  • From all the pupils the project worked with in 2016 during the course of the Alternative Curriculum input (73 pupils); an average 96% 96% conveyed that they found the sessions useful and 95% 95% of the young people have indicated that they would consider leaving home more carefully after receiving the sessions.

Alongside the work with fourth year pupils, CHAP can also offer delivery of our workshop to 6th year pupils, which focuses on student accommodation and the skills/knowledge that young people would require if living away from home.

It is hoped that the workshop, with related information and activities, will encourage a more carefully considered route towards independent living and will make young people aware of the difficulties/issues involved in studying away from home.

YOUTH GROUPS

When we use the term ‘youth groups’, we refer to self development programmes or vocational programmes that are offered to young people once they have left school, as opposed to traditional youth groups that are for recreational purposes.

The project currently delivers workshops on a regular basis to the Prince’s Trust.

The Prince’s Trust currently run the ‘Team Programme’ which is a 12 week self development programme for 16-25 year olds. The young people are referred through New deal, Criminal Justice System, Social Work, Education, Careers centre and the Job Centre. Young people can also self refer to the group.


The youth group input is usually delivered over either 2 half days or 1 full day (whichever is more suitable to the individual group), and this input, as with the alternative curriculum input, provides a more in depth examination of homelessness and independent living. There are various activities used in the youth group programme, with the emphasis being on experiential learning, allowing the young people to learn whilst having fun with their peers.

Methods of Delivery

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METHODS OF DELIVERY

We try to ensure that as much of our delivery is as interactive as possible, since feedback from young people indicates that they gain the most from such activities. Many of these activities take the form of quizzes and games, in which young people can either work individually, in pairs or in teams. With the use of an interactive programme, we can address several learning styles and modalities, providing a rich variety of instructional approaches which can educate in the methods that students learn best. Group work and interactive materials also motivate student interaction and cooperative learning.

In the DVD that was produced, we try to tackle the issue of homelessness by showing actors converying people's experiences of this. By taking this approach, we aim to destigmatise the issue of homelessness by showing individuals whose experiences do not necessarily correspond with the stereotypical image that many people have of homelessness. Young people are generally known to enjoy the experience of multimedia and many often respond far more positively to multimedia based learning.

Feedback from Teachers regarding interactive activities

A Teacher at Ardrossan Academy said…

  • quotation mark image They really learned from the games/activities, so any more of them
    would be great. But mostly the present format appears to work well. quotation mark image

A Teacher from Ardrossan Academy said...

  • quotation mark image Excellently led programme that keeps pupils interested and hopefully be beneficial in the future quotation mark image

Teachers from Auchenharvie Academy said...

  • quotation mark image It was a great programme and very easy for our pupils to follow and understand. quotation mark image

  • quotation mark image I feel that everything was covered and put over very well. quotation mark image

  • quotation mark image Our pupils got well into this programme and were amazed by the information they received. quotation mark image

  • quotation mark image Our pupils fully interacted with this programme and were shocked by some of the information provided. quotation mark image

A Teacher from Largs Academy said...

  • quotation mark image Course delivered in a pupil centred way. All encourage to participate. Snakes and Ladders activity at the end was very well received! quotation mark image


Unique Selling Points

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OUR UNIQUE SELLING POINTS

  • We adopt a pro-active approach to preventing homelessness.
  • We can assist to reduce the amount of homeless presentations from young people.
  • 97% of all young people that the project has worked with during 2016 expressed that they had found the information workshops ‘useful’.
  • 95% 95% of all young people that the project has worked with during 2016 has conveyed that they would now consider leaving home more carefully as a result of CHAP’s input.
  • We have over 12 years experience in the field of homeless prevention, with all secondary schools in North Ayrshire fully engaged in the project.
  • We adapt our workshops to meet the needs of the young people in the identified group (i.e. using visual aids to reduce the need for reading and writing).
  • We have a system of continuous evaluation, with both young people and teachers/tutors being asked for their opinions on the workshops. We use these evaluations to adapt the workshops accordingly to ensure that we are meeting the needs of the young people and to guarantee that the workshops are as effective as possible.
  • Interactive activities are used to deliver the information, which attracts the attention of the listener. The focus is on experiential learning for the young people.
  • The direct work with the young people is complimented by the youth website which we have developed. The website provides young people with a way of retrieving information and advice on various issues surrounding homelessness and leaving home.
  • Our Education Co-ordinator was invited to be a guest speaker at the SCSH National Leaving Home Conference in August 2007 to give an overview of the work that we do and to be highlighted as an example of ‘good practice’ in the field of homelessness prevention.

Feedback

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FEEDBACK FROM OUR INPUT

The Education Department are fully aware of the importance in having our work evaluated as much as possible by young people and teaching staff alike. This allows us to continually develop our work and improve our delivery methods.

Below is a selection of comments we have received from both young people and teachers. For further feedback click on the links on the right of the page.

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

  • quotation mark image Prices of student accommodation. quotation mark image

A pupil at Ardrossan Academy (March 2016) said...

  • quotation mark image Having a house is a big responsibility. quotation mark image

When asked if they had learned anything from the lesson, a pupil at Greenwood Academy (September 2016) said...

  • quotation mark image The disadvantages of living yourself and the importance of money that you do have. quotation mark image

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

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

  • quotation mark image Homelessness can affect anyone. quotation mark image

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

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

  • quotation mark image That moving out would be very challenging. quotation mark image

  • quotation mark image Where to go if I become homeless. quotation mark image

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

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

  • quotation mark image Need to start saving and help at home quotation mark image

A Pupil from Greenwood Academy (November 2016) said of the Student Accommodation workshop...

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

When asked if they had learned anything from the Student Accommodation Workshop, pupils from Arran High School (August 2016) said...

  • quotation mark image About halls of residence and what they look like. quotation mark image

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

A Teacher from Greenwood Academy (August 2016) said of the Alternative Curriculum workshops...

  • quotation mark image An excellent programme educating young people about the realities of leaving home. quotation mark image

For further feedback click on a question to view details.

  • 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 (November 2016) said...

  • quotation mark image Don't move out until you are ready. quotation mark image

A pupil at Greenwood Academy (August 2015) said...

  • quotation mark image What it is really like to be homeless. quotation mark image

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

  • quotation mark image Anyone can become homeless. quotation mark image

  • quotation mark image How many people are homeless in North Ayrshire. quotation mark image

  • quotation mark image Not to leave home and where to go if you ever become homeless. quotation mark image

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

  • quotation mark image I learned that you can't always tell a homeless person by looking at them. I also learned how to apply for a house and the costs. quotation mark image

  • quotation mark image That you shouldn't move out unless you are ready. quotation mark image

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

  • quotation mark image I learned a lot about how much budgeting it takes to live alone. quotation mark image

  • quotation mark image Who to go to when you need help, advice and a roof over your head. quotation mark image

When asked if they had learned anything from the student accomodation workshop, pupils from Arran High School (August 2015) said...

  • quotation mark image What living at university halls of residence will be like. quotation mark image


  • What do the teachers think of our work?

TEACHERS VIEW

A teacher at Ardrossan Academy (March 2016) said…

quotation mark image Very well delivered. Pupils enjoyed it!! Thanks for taking the time to come and speak to the pupils. 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 St. Matthew's Academy (Sep 2015) said...

quotation mark image I found the content to be accessible and delivered at a level that was wholly appropriate for the young people.. quotation mark image

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

quotation mark image Very enjoyable, thank you. quotation mark image

Involving Young People

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INVOLVING YOUNG PEOPLE

The direct work with young people in workshops is complimented by the youth website which we have developed. The website provides young people with a way of retrieving information and advice on various issues surrounding homelessness and leaving home. Young people were involved in the development of the site, and were asked for their views and opinions prior to the site being launched. www.chap-at-the-door.org.uk

Homelessness DVD

CHAP wanted to produce a DVD focusing on the issue of homelessness, with the assistance of young people, so we approached a local Prince’s Trust ‘Team’ programme. The young people in the Team were very enthusiastic about undertaking this piece of work and wanted to be able to convey the reality of the issue and be involved in a project which ultimately was aiming to reduce youth homelessness.

The young people were involved in both the planning and filming of the DVD, which features actors who play out the experiences of local, homeless people. It is hoped that since this DVD was developed by young people, it is more likely to appeal to the youths that we speak to and hold their attention, therefore allowing them to appreciate the negative aspects of homelessness.

The new DVD has been well received by all the schools and youth groups who have viewed it to date.

Evaluation

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EVALUATING OUR WORK

The Project feels that it is imperative to ensure that the work being carried out is evaluated and altered accordingly, in order to ensure that an effective service is being provided.

There are various ways in which our input is evaluated;

TEACHER/TUTOR EVALUATION FORMS

With every class/group that is spoken to, the teacher/tutor is asked to complete an evaluation. This evaluation is considerably detailed and asks the teacher to rate and comment on the presentation/delivery, content and effectiveness of the lesson.

4TH YEAR PSE EVALUATION FORMS

When evaluating the 4th year PSE lesson, it is essential that the project takes into consideration the views of the young people as they are the target audience. To ensure this, each pupil who receives one of the lessons is asked to fill in an evaluation form. The evaluation form for pupils is obviously not as detailed as that for the teachers/tutors, instead it briefly asks them if they found the session useful, did they learn anything from the session, their likes/dislikes about the session, if they would think more carefully about leaving home as a result of the lesson, if the lesson has changed their opinion of homelessness and whether there is any more information they would like to see included in the lesson.

YOUTH GROUP/ALTERNATIVE CURRICULLUM EVALUATION FORMS

In order to evaluate the work that is carried out with the young people who follow an Alternative Curriculum and those from Youth Groups, all young people who receive a workshop are asked to complete an evaluation form. The evaluation form for the young people is obviously not as detailed as that for the team leaders, instead it briefly asks them if they learnt anything from the session, their likes/dislikes about the session, if they would think more carefully about leaving home as a result of the lesson, if they think the DVD was useful and whether there is any more information they would like to see included in the lesson.

In addition to the overall evaluation for the young people, the project also feels that it’s important to evaluate whether or not the young people’s perceptions/views of homelessness and leaving home have changed as a result of the input. In order to do this, the young people are asked to complete a ‘perception’ evaluation form at the start of the input which asks the young people if they think homelessness in North Ayrshire is a big problem, where would they go for help if they became homeless and also their expectations of getting their own place. These questions are then asked again at the end of the input, allowing the project to measure the effectiveness of its work. These ‘perception’ evaluations are currently only given to the young people in Youth Groups/Alternative Curriculum groups due to the time factor involved in completing them.

INDEPENDENT EVALUATION

The project also recognises the importance of having its work evaluated independently, as well as by those who receive the input. In order to do this, the Education Co-ordinator contacted the North Ayrshire Youth Council Group, which consists of representatives from each of the Secondary schools within North Ayrshire, who meet quarterly to discuss a whole range of topics relating to young people in North Ayrshire. It was hoped that the Youth Council would be able to provide the project with constructive feedback which incorporated the views of a wide range of young people from all over North Ayrshire.

The independent evaluation takes place during the summer months, when all lesson plan and resources are reviewed and amended accordingly.

As well as the afore mentioned methods, there are also other methods of evaluation;

  • The young people’s responses to the delivery of the sessions
  • The young people’s responses to the activities used in the sessions
  • The young people’s responses to the resources used in the sessions

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