CAP Life Skills: Daniel’s story

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Hayley Tearall

Digital Content Producer

CAP Life Skills is an eight-week course designed to equip you with key tools and personal development skills to help you thrive. 

What topics does CAP Life Skills cover?

The course covers topics such as:

  • Making your money go further
  • Cooking on a budget
  • Staying in control of your home energy
  • Personal development skills
  • Healthy relationships

and more…

What does a CAP Life Skills course involve?

CAP Life Skills is run as a group course by local churches in the heart of their communities. Group members will attend one session a week, for a total of eight weeks. Over the weeks, not only will you gain vital personal development skills, you’ll get to know like-minded people and be supported by a trained Life Skills Coach to achieve the goals you set.

The final week also includes a celebration of those completing the course, and you’ll receive a certificate for your achievements.

Is it just for Christians?

CAP Life Skills is for everyone, whatever your faith or beliefs. As Christians, we believe that God answers prayer, so we may offer to pray with you, but it’s up to you if you’re happy for us to do this or not. We’re passionate about equipping people from all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and faiths with vital personal development skills they need to thrive.

Life Skills: Daniel’s story

Before Life Skills I was having bad panic attacks. I hadn’t left my house alone in two years, and if I did, it was with my partner.

Joining the group
The first time I went along to the Life Skills group I was panicking, but when I walked in, everyone including Ally [Life Skills Manager], was fantastic. It was nice and friendly, not like college or a course I have been to before. Previously, I’ve gone to courses and then got straight out again. But with Life Skills, it’s like a family network. Everyone is in the same boat. If I felt a bit scared or on edge Ally said I could go out for a breather. When people offer you that, it makes people with anxiety feel better as you don’t feel trapped. 

Forming friendships
I mainly joined the Life Skills course to help me get out, and for my anxiety. But I did learn a lot of things through it. The coaching was good — I could go home and tell my neighbours about the things we had been learning. But it’s the friendships which were good.

Building personal development skills
We set personal development goals with our 1:1 Life Skills Coach. Mine was to go to the supermarket with my partner and to walk to the next aisle by myself and choose one item. I also went to the local community garden and talked to them and got involved.

Life now
I’ve been able to get more confidence. I was able to go shopping myself, and I’ve got my own plot at the community garden now. It’s building confidence every day. The course means more than people think. Without the course I’d still be in the same place. 

If you come to the whole course you will get the full benefits. It’s beneficial for people like me with anxiety, or those who need to learn life skills. It’s a cracking course — there should be more things like this around!

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