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Independent Skills for Residents Needing Support

Date: Monday, 24th Jun 2024 | Category: General News

An 8-session series of ‘life lessons’ to support greater resilience and independence is being run by Surrey libraries in collaboration with the Communities and Prevention team.

Open to anyone over 18 but aimed primarily at residents likely to have, or develop care and support needs, the 8 week in-person course will be run with partner organisations who are experts in their field. Each session is designed to focus on one topic and helps participants avoid common problems or enhance existing skills.

Topics include:

  • Financial planning and avoiding scams
  • Mental and emotional wellbeing
  • Digital skills
  • Physical wellbeing
  • Using your skills to find paid or voluntary work
  • Staying independent

Participants should aim to attend every session, which take place weekly for up to two hours during normal library opening hours and include a break.

Attendees are currently invited to register for programmes running in: Camberley, Dorking, Guildford, Staines, Banstead, Caterham Valley, Farnham, Godalming, Horley, Leatherhead, Merstham, Oxted, Reigate and Walton. Parents or carers can accompany people in most cases.

SCC AWHP staff can make a referral via a Microsoft Form, while people can also self-refer by registering through the Community Helpline on 0300 200 1008, Mon-Fri, 9-5.

Following registration, a member of the Independent Skills project team will contact the individual to arrange a quick informal chat before the formal sessions start, to better understand their needs and ensure the content reflects their interests.

More information can be found on the council website at