Cornerstone Church, Swansea (25/05/2006)
Posted: 25 May, 2006
The Gap Project
The Gap is a motivational 8-month course designed for groups of local young people in the North of Swansea who are no longer managing at school. The Gap supports young people who live with some element of disadvantage or neglect in their lives, who without intervention face joining the unemployment a round them.
The Gap employs an engaging indoor/outdoor curriculum that helps young people to learn, to gain qualifications, improve attendance and develop social skills and employability skills.
The indoor learning is an essential element, in a community where 53% of local people aged 16 - 74 yrs have no qualifications at all. The Gap provides creative courses in essential life-skills, leading to NOCN qualifications at Level One. The outdoor element effectively uses gorge-walking, coasteering, surfing, kayaking etc to promote teamwork, communication, problem-solving & negotiation skills. The young people grow in confidence and progress to local employment, apprenticeship or college.
The Gap is run by a dedicated team from Cornerstone Church, who are passionate about their work with young people. The project is very successful at re-engaging teenagers, who achieve great results & improve their future prospects. In the last 8 years The Gap has helped over 1000 local young people.
Cornerstone runs a Community Counseling Service at its Centre in Penlan. This is a free & confidential service run by qualified staff from Cornerstone in association with the local GP Surgery. Local people can ring for an appointment or are referred from the surgery. This has been beneficial to many local people, especially in the areas of anxiety & depression.
Over the last few years Cornerstone has hosted a variety of Adult Education Courses with Swansea College. Both First Aid & "Changing Rooms" were very popular with the local community, running for many weeks, as too was the 50+ class "I.T. for the Terrified!" a beginners guide to computers. Other topics have included Welsh, Spanish & Photography. These classes have added to the opportunity for learning in our community, as well as promote social opportunities to build relationships with each other & with the church.