Life skills offered to disabeld youngsters in Tower Hamlets

YOUNG disabled people are getting the chance the chance to make new friends, have fun and build their confidence in a scheme which is designed to help them develop life skills. The charity Whizz-Kidz is launching the Skillz for Life programme, featuring

YOUNG disabled people are getting the chance the chance to make new friends, have fun and build their confidence in a scheme which is designed to help them develop life skills.

The charity Whizz-Kidz is launching the Skillz for Life programme, featuring sessions involving teamwork, games and multimedia learning, for disabled people aged between 13 and 18 with clubs running from January to April in Tower Hamlets.

The charity has developed the course following a survey of the young people it works with in 2008, which found that 27 per cent were not being given the skills to get job by a school or college and 29 per cent were not being taught life skills that would prepare them for adulthood.

Boss Ruth Owen said: "Whizz-Kidz found that 48 per cent of our beneficiaries felt they didn't currently have the skills or training to become an independent adult.

"We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to fulfil their potential, and Skillz for Life is another tool supporting us to achieve this.