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Skills 4 Life - Day Opportunities

Weekday Opportunities for 18 to 25-year-olds, from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm

Many young people with additional needs do not attend full-time education, plus what happens after this time if they don't feel ready for adulthood?  This can feel scary.  Leaving young people wondering how to fill their spare time, and for some Parent Carers, wondering how they will still go to work if their caring responsibilities resume on weekdays.

We also understand that at some point many young people with additional needs will go on to supported living, either through choice or necessity, and that essential life skills need to be learned beforehand to ease this transition.  

Feedback from young people has told us that they would rather learn these skills in small groups of up to six young people with people their own age, rather than at large multi-generational Day Centres. 

Based in Wat Tyler Country Park, our educational Skills 4 Life structured service consists of small groups with a high level of support, ensuring that maximum confidence building and independence can take place.

Daily activities take place both at our Centre in Wat Tyler Country Park and out in the community

A variety of exciting and fun activities are on offer each week, including, amongst others:

  • Meal planning, shopping, preparing and serving
  • Gardening, growing vegetables and basic DIY
  • Physical fitness, such as swimming and attending a local gym
  • Woodwork
  • Travel training
  • Woodland/forestry skills
  • Budgeting and money handling
  • Personal and home-care
  • Social and communication skills
  • Quizzes, games and films
  • Sports including trampolining, swimming, cycling/triking etc.
  • Drama
  • First aid and visits to Essex Air Ambulance, police and RNLI
  • Volunteering

There will also be fun social trips out in the community and eating in restaurants.

AET Framework

Skills 4 Life follows the AET Progression Framework which is designed to support staff in identifying a young person’s learning priorities and measure progression throughout each term. The content of the Progression Framework aims to address skills and understanding that our young people may find challenging due to their additional needs. The Progression Framework Provides an extensive ‘bank’ of learning intentions based on an understanding of children and young people with disabilities and the challenges that they may face.

Although the framework clearly lays out each learning Intention, it is not used as a checklist but rather as a guide, as not all sections of the framework are appropriate for all young people, making it flexible and adaptable to each young person’s strengths and weaknesses. 

Please see the posters below for more information about our Skills 4 Life Service.

As with all BOSP Services, we very quickly get over subscribed, so do please get in touch with The BOSP Office on 01268 553117  or email if you are interested in your young person attending and would like to know session fees..

NB. Transition - We recommend that you start to consider transition to post 18 services when your young person reaches 15/16 years of age due to the lengthy assessment/social care process.  Please do get in touch with our friendly team for more information on how we can support you during this process.

Thanks to Global's Make Some Noise for supporting this vital project.

Skills 4 Life Service promotional video
BOSP Brighter Opportunities for Special People  Skills 4 Life (Term Time Weekday)
Thinking of Supported Living?  Thinking Ahead guides for Parent Carers and easy read versions for young people with SEN Thinking of Supported Living? Thinking Ahead guides for Parent Carers and easy read versions for young people with SEN