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 in 2017; 98% have conveyed that they found it useful.
  • From all the PSE classes delivered in 2017, before the lesson, 17%said that they were likely to leave home within the next two years. At the end of the workshops this figure had fallen to 11%.
  • As well as finding the sessions useful, 85% of the young people have indicated that they would consider leaving home more carefully after receiving the sessions.
  • From all the evaluations collated from the Alternative Curriculum and Youth Group workshops in 2017, 92% of the young people were more aware of the problem of homelessness as a result of the input. A further 91% of the young people showed that they could now identify places to go for assistance if they became homeless. Also, on completion of the workshops, 77%of the young people conveyed that they now had a different opinion what it would be like to have a place of their own after receiving the input.
  • The young people also seem to have a greater understanding of the financial reality of managing a tenancy after the input with 74% of the young people changing their opinion of the costs involved.


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 63,189 households in North Ayrshire
  • There are around 136,100 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
Youth Website:www.chap-at-the-door.org.uk
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