A Proposal for the Development of a Life Skills Training Programme for Homeless Young People Prior to Transition to Permanent Accommodation.
(2015) A Proposal for the Development of a Life Skills Training Programme for Homeless Young People Prior to Transition to Permanent Accommodation., no. 108.
Homelessness has been identified as a major social issue within Scotland and throughout the UK. It extends beyond individuals living on the streets. People residing in temporary accommodation, such as hostels or bed and breakfasts, or those staying unofficially with friends or relatives on an ongoing basis may also be defined as 'homeless'. The hidden nature of homelessness conceals the scale of this social issue within government statistics. Nevertheless, the Scottish Government is committed to tackling homelessness across the population, with recent legislation ensuring the provision of settled accommodation and housing support to individuals assessed as homeless. A review of the literature identified that homeless people have multiple and complex needs, and often significant experiences of unemployment, physical and mental health issues and substance abuse, which can adversely affect their quality of life. The context of homelessness limits opportunities to engage in everyday tasks required to live independent and fulfilling lives. Young people appear particularly vulnerable and have limited knowledge, skills or experience to become self-sufficient within society. Occupational Therapy is a profession that works closely with a diverse range of client groups to enable individuals to be independent in everyday life and to overcome barriers that prevent them from engaging in activities that matter to them. Therefore occupational therapists appear well placed to provide practical support to address life skill needs. Occupational therapists work collaboratively with service users to facilitate this process. This programme development proposal aims to provide homeless young people with the opportunity to develop independent living skills whilst residing in a homeless hostel. It is intended to assist with the transition from homelessness to tenancy sustainability in the future.