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Project information

Life Skills Improvement Project

FFRAF strategy is to help members of the identified community of working age to be at least functionally literate and numerate – the basic level of skills needed to get by in life. Many adults ignore their skills gaps in these areas and think that it is a young person’s pursuit.

April 2013 - March 2014

Charity information: Foundation For Renewal And Fora

Foundation For Renewal And Fora
  • Need


    A large proportion of these adults from the East African community still cannot read, write and count adequately. With the ever increasing requirement for migrants to have a good grasp of English as they travel the settlement route, using right sentences, simple additions, filling out paperwork like housing forms, benefits forms, tax credits, job application forms and many other, this becomes critical in their daily lives and can cause stress and depression if things go wrong.


    FFRAF will make help available to adults from the East African community living with chronic illnesses improve literacy and numeracy skills, boost confidence and increase chances in life. The majority English is their second language and find it hard to sort their affairs with ease and/or help their children with homework. Whatever one’s age or role in society, a good understanding of basic Maths and English skills is essential to be in life either in work or out of work

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    People have better chances in life.


    » The benefit of all this work will that the users be offered a safe place where they can go, learn new skills, take part in training and activities.

    What success will look like

    Success will be users acquiring social and reasoning skills, recognition through due praise and work and an increased sense of self efficacy...

    Aim 2

    Users will develop relationships and forge positive links


    » Become enthused and actively engage with others, promote success and social inclusion, be encouraged to be innovative and take responsibility.

    What success will look like

    Success will be usersbroadening their perspectives and life experience and promote lifelong commitment to active citizenship through opportunities for involvement. .

    Aim 3

    Skills for Life Strategy will be a huge growth for the organisation


    » It will increase its delivery capacity. With already its investment in infrastructure, the organisation will be in a better position.

    What success will look like

    Success will be people benefiting from access to guided training and development around health- enhancing, information and support services.

  • Impact


    Enjoyable, safe, educational and inclusive activity sessions with an emphasis on dealing and managing the risk factors associated with poor health life styles. We will offer training to acquire skills and opportunity to build skills and knowledge, gain experience, manage chronic illness and be able to gain self esteem and effectively compete in the employment market


    There is risk that most affected individuals would not come up for help due to stigma. We will dealth with this by doing more outreach work to identified groups, more face to face sessions to promote the scheme.This will ensure the relevant people are brought on board throughout the life of the project


    Through qarterly monitoring reports and activity data.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,340

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,520 Peer Suppor Volunteers costs Reimbursement of Travel and Snack allowance for 3 Peer Support Volunteers facilitating at training
      £2,240 Operational costs 2 Sessional Trainer Fees
      £2,080 Office, overhead Space Hire, Telephone & Postage
      £500 Publicity costs Printing of fliers, adverts and information about the scheme
      £1,000 Other costs Stationery and Refreshments for the scheme
  • Background


    Newham is an inner city borough exhibiting all the poverty indicators.Has a high number of families with low income, single household and poor housing, in disadvantaged neighbourhoods and often portrayed by the media as violent. Most people are resigned to being- passive recipients of services and may consider themselves to have nothing to offer. Some are often long term unemployed. They tend to be perceived by other providers as unreliable and lacking skills.


    The clients using our services have often been recruited through our outreach work, word of mouth and through our existing group membership. But they have also often been referred to us by social contacts and other local agencies using a number of risk factors known to be associated, for instance with disability challenges.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have routinely held focus groups with the target group annually for the past 5 years and during that period developed a network of peer support volunteers and individuals from the target communities living with disabilities who will contribute to the successful running of this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Stephen Lwerango

    Overseeing the administration of the project.

    Justine Sserwadda

    Volunteer peer support worker involved with running focus groups within the target community

    Tony Kalyabe

    Volunteer IT and basic IT knowledge provider for participants