Two local charities have been working with young people in Forfar since March to improve their confidence and skills.
The 16 to 25 year olds, who are supported by Hillcrest Housing Association’s Tenancy Support Team, have been benefiting from the Independent Living Skills training sessions delivered by Forfar’s Pitstop Youth Project.
Michelle Wells, who has been attending the training said: “Over the past few weeks I’ve learnt a lot about the skills I need to have my own house. I never had myself down as a chef but I’ve really enjoyed today’s cooking session. The trainers have been great and it’s good to catch up with the other folk on the course.”
The eight week course supports and encourages independent living skills with an emphasis on tasks such as budgeting, basic cooking skills, household tasks, dealing with correspondence, setting up a tenancy and keeping it.
Hillcrest Housing Association Housing Support Officer, Brian Dutch was the driving force behind the initiative.
Brian, who works at Hillcrest’s Temporary Homeless Persons Project in Forfar, said: “Young people can become homeless for a number of reasons and a lot of the people we work with don’t have the skills to manage their own home.
“We identified an un-met need when working with young service users; there was lack of practical living skills training in the local area. When Hillcrest announced special funding last year I submitted a bid to try and get a project off the ground.
“Thankfully my bid was successful and we were able to get moving with the Independent Living Skills project.
“Pitstop has a great reputation in Forfar for their work with young people so they are the ideal partners for this project.
“Those who have attended the sessions so far have learnt a lot and they seem to be enjoying getting involved, which is always good to see.”
Hillcrest and Pitstop have another three sets of the eight training sessions planned for the rest of the year.