Personal and Social Skills Programme

Community Learning open to all young and older adults

Module Summary

Module PPM1
Introduction to the PASS programme. How to make the best use of what you will learn.
Module PPM2
Managing your money. How to make life more manageable and less stressful!
Module PPM 3
Developing confidence and individual and independent thinking.
Module PPM4
Health and Lifestyle choices. The link to successful personal and professional development.
Module PPM5
Development planning to achieve personal and employment objectives.
Module PPM6
Getting to where you want to be and how to avoid setbacks . Personal standards and values as tools to progress.
Making a better life. Building self confidence, self esteem and how to make good decisions.
Module PPM8
Understanding the value and context of education and training choices.
Module PPM9
Managing and resolving conflict at home and in your community. How to develop positive relationships.
Module PPM10
Overcoming barriers to employment. CVs to improve employment opportunity.
Module PPM11
Recognising the value of life experience and prior learning and applying the lessons learned. Tools to record and recognise the value of experience.
Module PPM12
Volunteering as a pathway to skills and employment.
Module PPM13
Cooking on a budget. How to ensure a balanced, healthy diet without spending a fortune.
Module PPM14
Feeling better and able to cope. The benefits of healthy living.
Module PPM15
Health and hygiene. The Benefits of cleanliness and good habits at home.
Module PPM16
Diversity in your community. Creating supportive and tolerant environments.

Programmes start August 2014

2 hour modules Day or Evening sessions

Maximum 10 per session. To enquire about a module or the programme call 0141 945 3985/07817183757 or contact us via this website

Module Descriptions

Module No PPM1 (2 hours) -Introduction to the PASS programme, how to make the best use of what you will learn.

Introductory Note: This programme is designed to help you consider some of the challenges and situations you are likely to meet in the course of your everyday life. The experiences we have and the learning we take from them shape us all. Everyone faces challenges of one kind or another and we all know that none of us has a perfect life.

Just through having a bit more information, or learning from the experiences of others, whose lives are often similar to ours, we can become more informed about how to deal with the challenges we face.

What we will cover

The PASS programme does exactly what it says on the tin. It will help you to consider situations that will be personal to you, and are likely to affect your own life, or the lives of others who are close to you, or otherwise in contact with you. The Programme offers you a range of skills, suggestions and shared learning opportunities that will support you as you in the future as you deal with the many different challenges and situations that arise. Elements are geared to improving your chances of finding work. Other elements deal with your own ability to make the most of opportunities. Another element looks at the link between a positive healthy lifestyle and personal and professional success. We also look at more practical elements including managing your money, making appropriate education and training choices, writing an effective CV and gaining experience though volunteering – as long as there is a benefit to you !

The Programme is divided into 16 modules, each one lasting approximately 2 hours. You can complete all of the modules, or you can select those most appropriate to you. Please note that Modules PPM2 and PPM7 and PPM5 and PPM6 are linked to each other and you should select both modules to gain the full benefit of the learning.

This success of this Programme is what you make it by working in partnership with us. You will be provided with full course notes on each module, but the main benefit will come from engaging and learning directly with others. Most of your learning will be participatory and interactive. We are sure you will find it interesting, rewarding and worthwhile.

Module No PPM2 (2 hours) – Managing your Money. How to make life more manageable and less stressful !

In this module, you will be introduced to a range of skills, hints and ideas about how to organise your day to day finances. As the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” and sadly when it comes to money, most of us don’t do a great job of living within our means or for allowing for the unexpected. By the end of this module, you will have a better understanding of how to get the best value from your money, how to avoid common pitfalls, how to budget and plan to live within your means, how to cope with financial challenges and how to get support if you find you are heading for trouble.

Module No PPM3 (2 hours) – Developing Confidence and individual and independent thinking

In this module we will discuss some of the things that can knock a person’s confidence, and some of the things that can be done either individually or with support to develop and regain individual confidence. A lot of this module is about making sure you have the self belief to obtain information, recognise its value and know what to do with it, including making informed decisions about important things, and taking actions that will improve your life and help you deal effectively with any challenges that arise.

We will also consider is how you can understand the value of information, opinion and advice and how to tell the good from the bad ! It is important that everyone has a mind of their and are not swayed by the self interest of others. Especially when it comes to making important decisions that have a direct effect on you and the people close to you !

By the end of this module you will have a clearer understanding of how to think more independently and have confidence in the decisions that you make.

Module No PPM4 (2 hours) -Health and Lifestyle choices. The link to successful personal and professional development

Everyone is familiar with “My body is a temple” or “You are what you eat “. The sad fact is that that the latter is true to an extent and as far as the former goes, the picture isn’t pretty.

Our Mind and Body is less like a temple than an engine, and if they are not looked after, finely tuned and given the correct fuel, and provided with rest when needed, then they simply won’t work properly ! And if your Mind and Body aren’t working properly, and your are not at your best, then there is little chance that you will reach either your goals or potential !

So in this module we will be offering you some useful information and advice about how to look after yourself as a means to realising your full potential both in your personal life and at work, or to give the best chance of success if you are entering or re-entering employment.

Module No PPM5 (2 Hours) -Personal Development Planning to achieve personal and employment objectives

Nothing happens by accident. If you simply cruise along hoping for the best, then not much is likely to happen.

This module is designed to help you consider your choices in life and to develop meaningful and realistic plans and actions to make them a reality. The module is all about taking personal ownership of, and full responsibility for your own future. We will show how to develop a realistic and sensible approach to planning your future and identifying the choices you want to make, over manageable time frames. We will also show you how to measure your own progress against the plans you make, so that you know that you are on track, or might need to make some changes to get back on track. Your approach has to be sensible and based on what is achievable, there is no point in setting impossible targets, and that means understanding your own capacity and capability to get where you want to be.

Module No PPM6 (2 hours) -Getting to where you want to be and how to avoid setbacks. Developing Personal standards and values as tools to progress

This module follows on from Module No PPM5 and looks in a bit more detail at personal planning and self improvement. It also looks at the realities of disappointment and unexpected change, and how to deal with these and focus on the positives and necessary adjustments.

We will look closely at how you can develop personal standards and values as benchmarks against which you can make sure that the direction you are going in reflects who you want to be and what you want to do in both your professional and personal lives. We will also focus on these standards and values and how to apply them to the plans you make.

Module No PPM7 (2 hours) -Making a better life. Building self confidence, self esteem, and developing good decision making skills

This module follows on from Module PPM3 and considers the benefit combination of strong self confidence and independent thinking as tools to develop personal plans and take them forward. There is a lot of focus in this module on how to make sure that you understand how to get essential information before making critical and important decisions. We also consider how to focus on the positive elements of information and experience, rather than becoming obsessed by those which appear to undermine the progress of our plans, and not letting the dent your determination to succeed.

Module PPM8 (2 hours) -Understanding the value and context of education and training choices

It is important that all of us, but particularly young people develop ideas, hopes and aspirations about the future. But there is an important difference between dreams and aspirations, an this module will help you apply a realistic and objective approach to your training and educational choices.

Some people say that their houses and cars are their biggest life investments, but they pale in importance against the importance of education and training as building blocks and investments for the future. Investment in education and training, both in terms of time and cost, provide the means by which an individual can prosper, and achieve things like house and car ownership. But it is important that you consider your choices and make the correct ones that fit in with what you want to do and who you want to be.

This module will help you understand how to consider Education and Training information, understand your choices and opportunities and make appropriate decisions for the future.

Module PPM9 (2 hours) -Managing and resolving conflict at home and in your community. How to develop positive relationships and harmony

Sadly, there is no point in pretending that issues such as gang and drug culture, homophobia, racism, sectarianism, as well as domestic conflict and violence don’t exist. They do, and it is important that young people particularly understand how to recognise these issues and deal with them. The same thing applies no less to domestic violence. All of these things can be further exacerbated by factors such as poor social condition, poverty and deprivation and it is important that we particularly understand the background and nature of these situations and are able to deal with them while lowering the risk of escalation. All too often we expect young peoplejust to cope, and often the outcomes are damaging.

This workshop based module asks participants to relate their own experiences, and to work together to develop mutual understanding and develop discussions and ideas about how they can develop and apply solutions to their own environment.

Module PPM10 (2 hours) -Overcoming Barriers to Employment. Developing CV’s to improve employment opportunity

This module considers some of the barriers, both psychological and practical that many people face when trying to enter or re-enter employment. The module sets out ideas and scenarios and encourages participants to discuss these, in the context of the barriers that exist, and ways to overcome them.

Module PPM11 (2 hours) -Recognising the value of Life Experience and prior learning, and applying lessons learned. Developing Tools to record and recognises the value of experience

We’ve all heard the saying “ You learn something new every day” ! Well it’s true! However, many people don’t actually realise much knowledge and experience they have acquired in the course of their lives, nor d they fully appreciate that all of this experience and learning have value, not only to themselves but to others. Learning is not and never has been confined to a classroom!

As adults we are all shaped by our experiences, and this module will show you how to consider your own unique knowledge and experience, and to recognise contexts in which it can provide value and benefit to yourself and others.

Module PPM12 (2 hours) -Volunteering as a pathway to skills and employment

This module, which is delivered in partnership with Volunteer Glasgow, explores the myths and realities of community volunteering. It discusses the myths and realities of exploitation, but focuses much more on the substantial benefits, including practical experience in a wide range of particularly soft skills that volunteering provides.

This module sets out the benefits and the importance of linking volunteering experience to both long and short term personal and professional goals, aspirations and objectives

Module PPM13 (2 hours) -Cooking on a budget. How to ensure a balanced healthy diet for all the family without spending a fortune.

Very few people realise that a poor diet actually often costs more than a healthy one. Its tempting to save time and effort with fast food and carry outs, but with a little planning and thought you can save a lot of money for other essentials and actually feel a lot healthier, with more energy and better levels of concentration, not to mention taking more of an interest in doing more. In this module we look at ways to make better use of your budget with the associated benefits to your health and wellbeing.

Its not as complicated as you might think, and we’ll provide you with all the help and advice that you will need to make a positive difference.

Module PPM14 (2 hours) -Feeling better and able to cope. The benefits of healthy living.

This module follows on from PPMHA004. Stress , tension and all the effects of day to day living can make you feel tired and irritable, and not feel like doing anything at all ! Sometimes, nothing seems worth the effort. But here’s the good news !

Living a healthy life and looking after yourself and your family, along with a bit of regular exercise can make you feel a lot better about yourself, and give you a more positive outlook on what’s happening at home and in the world outside. It’s a vicious circle – being a couch potato doesn’t provide rest and relaxation, it just makes you even more tired !!!

In this module we’ll give you some hints and advice about how to change things for the better, – and we’ll get you talking to other people, just like you, who are looking for better lives !

Module PPM15 (2 hours) -Health and Hygiene. The benefits of cleanliness and good habits at home.

There are some things that are more important than others – But some things just need to be taken care of to prevent trouble ahead, and keeping a clean house and having good personal hygiene actually saves a lot of time and hassle. Especially when there are kids in the house, if everyone feels healthier, then tackling each day becomes a little easier. This module discusses the benefits of getting into positive patterns and focusses on things that will not only make you feel better, but will save you time, money, and above all, stress !

Keeping things clean and in order is important. Less germs means less infections and less running to the doctor, or looking after kids that feel unwell. We’ll provide you with some helpful hints and advice on how a few simple changes can make life a lot easier !

Module PPM 16 (2 hours) -Diversity in your community. Creating supportive and tolerant environments

There’s lots of current debate about the increasing diversity of our community. Unfortunately, much of it focuses on our differences rather than the fact that our society is enriched by the different cultures, traditions and contributions of our shared community. In this module we will be exploring the realities of diversity and how everyone benefits. Many people will be surprised to learn that diversity is not simply about different ethnic backgrounds. It’s about a whole range of characteristics in our society that make it stronger and enriched for the future