L2 Moving On

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Aim: To gain the skills to prepare for independent living. Taken from the BB Seniors Challenge Plus Pro Pack, Life Skills Project L-2


Taster 1
• Pens
• Paper
• “Resolving Disputes template

Taster 2
• Computer
• Pen & paper
• “What does it cost to be a student in 2005/2006?’ template

Taster 3

Christian Faith

Household Facilities


Taster 1 Living With Others

Aim: To think through some of the issues involved in living with other people.

Moving away from home can seem idyllic, but lurking beneath your new found freedom could be the ‘flatmate from hell’. —.

Think about:
• Who would be your ideal ‘celebrity” flat mate and why?
• Would you like to live with a smoker?
• Would you be willing to live with male only or female only flatmates?
• Is it important that you share the same interests?
• Could you live with somebody who enjoys going out every night, when you like quiet nights in?
• Can you put up with somebody being really messy or over tidy?

When sharing a home with other people, the main causes of problems are:
• Bills
• Chores
• Personal belongings
• Personal space

Have a look at the “Resolving Disputes” template, and then act out some of the following role plays:

1. Housemate A refuses to pay their pan of the electricity bill, because they don’t have a heater in their room and consequently they don’t believe that they use as much electricity.

2. Housemate A always cleans the house without being asked or telling anyone, but housemate B always makes a big deal when they do anything. Housemate A thinks that B doesn’t do a very good job even then.

3. Housemate A doesn’t have internet in their room and goes into housemate B’s room to use their computer when they are out without asking. This really annoys B.

Write a list of 10 rules that would help your house run smoothly.

Tips / Advice:
Have a look at www.nusonIine.co.uk.

Taster 2 - Let's Talk About Money

Aim: To see how much living away from home costs

Moving away from home can seem like everything you’ve ever wished for, but it how much your monthly income and expenditure will be:

This is how much money you have coming into you bank account, and could include:
• Job
• Parental contributions
• Savings
• Scholarships (if at university)
• Bursaries (if at university)
• Grants (if at university)
• Loans

This is what you spend your money on, and could include:
• Tuition fees (if at university)
• Books, equipment (if at university)
• Field trips (if at university)
• Rent
• Gas
• Electricity
• Water
• Home phone
• TV licence
• Insurance
• Cable / satellite
• Broadband
• Food
• Clothing / shoes
• Mobile
• Entertainment
• Transport
• Loan payments
• Credit card payments
• Savings
• Charitable giving

Compare this to the What does it cost to be a student in 2005/2006? template.

Think of five money saving tips. e.g. turning the thermostat down by IDC can cut your heating bill by about 10per cent, that’s around £100 per year.

Tips / Advice:
• You could create your own spreadsheet to calculate a budget or use the UCAS budget calculator https://www.ucas.com/ucas/conservatoires/finance-and-support/managing-money/student-budgeting-tips
• Have a look at www.nusonline.co.uk.
• Remember not everyone will be going to university; some people will be going to work.

Taster 3 - Safety

Aim: To highlight some issues of safety when moving away from home.

Moving away from home can be a fairly daunting experience. Research the following issues, see why they could be a potential danger, what precautions you can take and how much does it cost e.g. time, money etc.:

• Carbon monoxide
• Second hand furniture
• Home security
• Personal safety out and about
• Transport
• Going out at night
• Fire
• Alcohol
• Drugs
• Sex

Research one of the above issues and produce a presentation or leaflet containing guidance for others. If you share out the issues listed above and any others you can think of amongst the group it will be helpful in getting as much information as possible together. Then either carry out a presentation on each issue or let everyone in the group have a copy of the leaflet produced.

- Research will have to be carried out before writing the leaflet or presentation.

Tips / Advice:
• Only use trusted websites that give credible information.
• Have a look at https://www.nus.org.uk/en/advice/
• Also see advice from Shelter http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/young_people_leaving_home_and_finding_a_place

Safety Issues / Risk Assessment:
Make sure that the advice given out is responsible. If it isn’t challenge it.

Christian Faith - Choices

Aim: To think about the choices ahead of you when you leave home

When you leave home you get to make many more choices for yourself. For many Christianity and church can be seen as really boring and a place that you have been made to go for years either by parents or a BB leader. Well there is some good news. Once you've left home there is nothing that anyone can do to make you go! However work through the following...

• Draw a large cross on a piece of paper.

• Use the centre of the cross to represent how close you have felt to God. Think of experiences you have had in your life, which could include the first time you heard anything about Jesus, feeling lonely, or becoming a Christian.

• Mark a ring on the paper representing that occasion and how close you felt to God men.

• Share This with the rest of the group and include:
— When they started thinking about God?
— If God is someone real to them?
— What life was like before they became a Christian (if they have)?
— What was life like after they became a Christian?

Read Matthew 7:7-8 and God’s promise to be near to all.

Think about:
• What are you going to do when you leave home?
• Are you going to leave all the God stuff” behind? Or carry on? How?
• Why is it worthwhile going to church at all?

Meeting with other Christians and being taught God’s word is how we grow. Its really hard to be a Christian without having the support of others around you, and also lending that support to others. Moreover if you get into the habit of going now you will do so in the future whatever difficulties or distractions there are.

Think about:
• What is a good church? Read Romans 12, Hebrews 10:24-25, 1 John 3:11-18.
• How do you find a good church that will support you? Get a recommendation, See if you can go to church with some of your friends. Don’t be put off by just one service — especially if it’s not one of their normal ones — try the church at other times too.

These are real choices that you will need to make, but if you choose to make them now you are setting yourself up to run a good race and to be well trained. Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.

Think about the reasons why you go to church. What benefit has it personally had for you?

Tips / Advice:
• Alow people to ask questions; don’t worry if you don’t know the answers. Be honest. Tell it as it is.

• The Art of Connecting is an excellent resource to equip young people sharing their faith. It runs over 7 weeks, will excite and encourage young people to examine their own story and journey with Jesus, to connect genuinely with their friends and their stories, and throughout — to go deeper in their knowledge of God’s story. The price of the pack, comprising the full Art of Connecting Leaders Guide including two DVDs, is £10.00 (plus £2.00 p+p). Go to https://yfc.uk/shop/ for more information.

Project - Big Brother

Project Description:
When you live at home a lot of things just happen. Food appears on the table, clothes get washed etc! For a week look after yourself. This involves cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing, shopping and anything else you can think of. Start by following these steps:

• Agree a budget for the week,
• Decide how you will spend the money.
• Draw up a timetable for what you need to do, e.g. Monday — shopping, Tuesday — ironing.
• Now live without any assistance for a week. Remember that getting a lift to the supermarket or eating what someone else has cooked for you is assistance!
• Create a Big Brother video diary of your experiences sharing what you’ve done, learnt, and struggled with.

Tips / Advice:
- You could agree to cook for the whole family.

Safety Issues / Risk Assessment:
Special care is needed when using home appliances. Follow manufacturer’s guidelines.

For full details see the BB Seniors Challenge Plus Pro Pack, Life Skills Project L2

Web links and costs updated November 2016


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