The Blossom Personal Empowerment Programme® (Blossom PEP®) provides skills based training designed to prepare young people with an intellectual disability (ID) for life as an adult. The programme focuses on identifying the skills they need to support them in their future. It also provides bespoke support, advocacy and information for both the young person and their family during important transition periods in their life.

The Blossom PEP® curriculum has four pillars:

Social Skills for Life

Those skills build the young person’s confidence in interacting with different people, provides them with some coping skills to help them navigate stressful situations and times of anxiety, gives them the opportunity to spend time with their peers like any other teenager and provides them with an understanding of the self-autonomy and choice that they have over their own life. The social skills that are covered on the courses are important building blocks for the skills required to both live as independently as possible and seek work or further education in the future.

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Community Skills for Life

Those are taught in a practical and meaningful way, making use of video modelling. This allows the young person to watch the steps and practice their skills at home and in the community in natural contexts. Examples include learning the steps required to independently go shopping, eat out, get the bus and train. Learning the skills to keep safe while out in the community is also an important part of this strand. These skills are important building blocks to future independence and enable the young person to widen their horizons for further education and work.

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Preparing for Life after School

This gives the young people the opportunity to explore the options and areas of interest for both work and further education. Participants also work on the practical skills required for life after school such as CV development, interview skills etc. These skills give the young people the opportunity to identify where their interests lie and what they would like for their own lives after they leave school.

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Empowering Families

Empowering Families to lead successful transitions during key stages in life for their young person by providing them with practical training and support tools. Blossom Ireland also works to build a community where families feel empowered and supported to ensure their young person gets to live a life like any other.

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Blossom PEP® is delivered via My Blossom Channel. It consists of a ‘wraparound’ combination of blended learning (eLearning with a weekly meetup lead by a facilitator) in the form of courses that develop the skills of young people with intellectual disabilities, with a champion to support their eLearning.

The content for the courses is being drawn from the existing curriculum and the four pillars described above. Following the successful pilot of our first blended course – Assertiveness – we are building the structure and content of the courses ‘from the ground up’ to take account of the different challenges and opportunities in blended learning.

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