January 25th, 2013


This has come up over the last few weeks in a new way at the Canaan Project. Communication is a continual issue for the young people that we work with, and the difficulties they face because they struggle to communicate, what they think, or feel. The Canaan Project works with a diverse range of young people and has found that poor communication skills often result from and contribute to the combination of negative factors, impacting them and the wider community. When young people don’t have the tools to express themselves or understand others effectively the result is low self-esteem, conflict, low academic attainment and unemployment. We aim to improve communication skills and build confidence, equipping young people to have improved relationships, academic attainment, employability and general life chances.

Communication is identified as one of seven Core Clusters of social and emotional Capabilities in the Young Foundation’s ‘Outcome Framework for Young Peoples Services’. The document states that these capabilities are ‘critical in enabling young people to make a positive transition to adulthood and independence’.

We have talked about this as a Staff team with Volunteers, concluding that:
Young people struggle at school; Young people struggle to communicate with adults successfully; Young people struggle to communicate their desires, needs and wants; Young people struggle to communicate with each other appropriately; Young people use high levels of inappropriate communication, including, racism, sexism and swearing.