Skills 4 Life - Teens

Skills 4 Life is a skill development program that supports neurodiverse teenagers to gain independence through a range of life skills.

Learn new skills

  1. Personal finance

  2. Social engagement

  3. Decision Making

  4. Public Transport

Gain confidence with Skills 4 Life

Learn practical life skills in a fun and friendly environment.

Develop the skills you need for a more independent life

Gaining new skills is a great way to build your confidence, independence and enjoyment of life. And it’s even better when you’re learning in a fun, social environment with new friends.

If you’re aged 14-17 years, our Skills 4 Life program empowers you to develop a range of practical life skills you can use every day. It runs two afternoons a week during the school term, and in each session you’ll work on a new skill or take part in a different educational activity.

Whether it’s communicating and working with others, making decisions, or completing daily tasks around the house, enjoy the feeling of achievement that comes with learning new everyday skills.

Our team who run Skills 4 Life are passionate about life skill development and know how to make learning engaging and fun. You’ll discover your personal strengths and identify areas where you’d like to improve. As your abilities and confidence grow, you’ll feel motivated and inspired to set new goals and get even more out of life.

How Skills 4 Life can empower you to achieve your goals

Learning valuable life skills is a stepping stone to creating a more fulfilling life. Some of the ways the program can support your goals include:

Make new friends

All the activities in Skills 4 Life are run in groups, which means you’ll be spending time with people your age. You can learn new skills and enjoy new experiences together. With a focus on fun and creativity, make new connections in a welcoming, relaxed setting which can grow into long-term friendships.

Learn by doing in a supportive environment

The best way to learn is hands-on. And the great thing about learning in a group is when you try a new activity by yourself for the first time, your new friends are around you to give you encouragement and support. You’ll improve through trial and error and learn from each other. Once people try the Skills 4 Life program, they love coming back each week. This will give you the familiarity of the same friendly faces and the freedom to be yourself.

Build everyday skills

Whether the skills you want to learn are large or small, they can be tailored to meet your individual needs. They include:

Communicating and socialising: Build your ability to share your opinions, take part in discussions, and work with and respect others. Get comfortable socialising and making new friends.

Household skills: Prepare and cook healthy and delicious food, and confidently manage your personal care and hygiene.

Going out and about: From eating out in cafes and restaurants to learning how public transport works, you’ll feel confident and in control when you go out.

Planning and decision-making: Learn how to plan ahead, prioritise tasks and make the right decisions in different situations.

Managing money: Understand how money works so you can budget and save up for the things you want to buy.

Funding Information

  Group support
Assistance with social and community participation  
Increased social and community participation (Skills development in a group)

*If requested 1:1 support can be provided, based on your NDIS package.

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FAQs

Skills 4 Life FAQs

What skills will participants learn through Skills 4 Life?

Skills 4 Life offers a social, safe and structured environment where teenagers with disability can learn the skills they need to build greater independence.

Participants will develop a range of skills, both domestic and community-based. This may include communication skills, social skills, and everyday life skills such as cooking, using public transport, decision-making and money handling.

What activities are offered as part of the program?

One of the keys to learning is to create an engaging environment. We do this by offering a range of fun and educational activities including cooking, art, music production, travel, sports and fitness, drama, gardening, wood work – and much more!

What type of disability does Skills 4 Life support?

Skills 4 Life is open to anyone with disability aged 14 to 17 years.

At Northcott, we understand that people with disability have varying needs, so we tailor our program to suit participants with a range of disabilities. This includes, but is not limited to, cerebral palsy, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, visual impairment, hearing impairment, epilepsy, intellectual disability, acquired brain injury, spina bifida, hydrocephalus and Down syndrome.

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