Values Education for Life
Values Education for Life
Working together to improve the quality of life through education and training
We believe that all young people should have the opportunity to reflect on their personal values, to engage in group discussion about these and then to discuss and consider whether their values reflect what they sincerely believe.
Values Education for Life offers these opportunities to young people and encourages them to reflect on and discuss positive values and principles that will enable them to live a constructive and spiritually satisfying life. We then engage them in community activity that will allow them to test their principles against the reality of the world that they live in.
We encourage the young people we work with not only to reflect on their own values and the values of others, but to also engage in practical work that provides opportunities for them to help others in their communities and develop and understand the importance of being a thoughtful and principled member of their community.
For example, a group of young people volunteer to give up part of their weekends and holidays in order to visit and work with residents of a local old peoples' home.
High Sheriff of Warwickshire's visit to "Service to Others"
Last Friday Mark Davies, High Sheriff of Warwickshire, and Tina Costello, CEO of the Heart of England Community Foundation, visited our "Service to Others project" at Drayton Court Residentail Home, Camp Hill.
Young people who live on Camp Hill Estate volunteer to give up Saturday mornings and part of their holidays to visit and befriend residents of the home.
They might chat over a cup of tea, play games, such as dominoes, engage the residents in activities such as art or knitting and really enjoy making new friends of an older generation.
Mark and Tina called in on one of these sessions and were able to meet some of the youngsters and residents and talk to them about the social activities that take place. Mark is particularly interested in getting the older and younger generations together to talk about their experiences and share news. The youngsters are facinated by the stories that the residents have to tell about when they were young and the residents really appreciate the visits and the vitality that the young people bring to the activities that they share.
Mark and Tina were impressed by the friendship and affection that was shown by the youngsters and the residents towards each other and thoroughly enjoyed their time at Drayton Court.
The young people develop a very real sense of responsibility toward their older friends and they gain a great deal from the very precious friendships that they help make.
All of those present at the event would like to thank Mark and Tina for visiting our project and adding something very special to the day.
Below are some of the photographs taken during the visit.
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Further Funding Support for VEFL Projects
Values Education for Life has recently received financial support via the Heart of England Community Foundation from the Harry Payne Fund, Youth Social Action and the Coventry, solihull and Warwickshire Fund.
All of us at Values Education for Life are extremely grateful for this support which enables us to continue our important work of supporting vulnerable young people in the Midlands area.
If you would like to help us by volunteering or making a donation to our work please get in touch with us..
Progress supports at least 840 young people aged 15 - 25 years old to oversome the personal barriers abd challenges preventing them from engaging positively in learning or work and provides a clear pathway for young people to increase their skills and take the first steps on their future career path through training or employment.
An intervention programme for young people at risk of social and educational exclusion delivered through the use of trained volunteer mentors and a process of values clarification and values education.
Service to Others
We encourage young people to make a difference to others within their communities through voluntary work. Through a formal framework of service the young person can develop as people better equipped to face the challenges that they will face in their lives
The Safe School
VEFL is developing a new school in North Warwickshire to support disadvantaged young people who have not succeeded in main stream education.
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