Folkestone Learning for Life Project
The Folkestone Learning for Life Project was set up in 2010 to offer the same opportunities for young refugees and asylum seekers in the Folkestone area as those attending KRAN in Canterbury.
The project, which runs out of and in close partnership with the Shed Youth Project at Folkestone Harbour, offers classroom based learning and activities four mornings per week (9.30am to 1pm) 50 weeks per year for UASC aged 16-18 (Year 11-13). We currently have young people attending from Shepway, Ashford and Deal.
Young people have formal referral and enrolment through their social worker and are expected to attend all sessions. We aim to help the young people learn what is expected of them for success when they move onto Further Education and we work with local FE Colleges to ensure the young people can access appropriate places as soon as they are ready to progress.
To support this we offer extra afternoon classes in Entry 1 ESOL in partnership with Folkestone Academy Sixth Form Centre and South Kent Community Church (and a Wednesday afternoon ESOL Class run by volunteers at Ashford Baptist Church). In addition to our classes, volunteers work on a one to one basis with the young people at the Shed to help improve the young people’s reading, maths and grammar skills.
For us as a College Ready Project we believe that Independent Living Skills Training is also key to success for the young people as the majority of them have to look after themselves in shared accommodation and problems with this can impact on formal education. In partnership with KCC Social services we have devised a comprehensive Life-Skills curriculum to help the young people cope with life in the community – this ranges from putting out the rubbish and cooking a healthy meal to safe relationships and First Aid.
The young people’s mental health is also important to us and we organise physical, creative and confidence building activities alongside pastoral care, advocacy and sign posting.
The young people’s skills are accredited through the ASDAN Bronze and Silver Awards.
KRAN Learning for Life is open from 9am to 2 pm, Monday to Thursday, at The Shed Youth Project, Folkestone Harbour, Folkestone, CT20 1QH.
We are happy to welcome prospective volunteers and other visitors to the Shed. Come and see what we do. Please contact Wendy using the details above.