Why is learning new skills important? A lack of opportunities for people to acquire new skills can be a major barrier to behaviour change. Organisations that support people to learn and practice new skills will help people be more successful in reaching their goals.
In Western society, a common narrative is that an individual can change their life if they simply put their mind to it. This narrative places a lot of responsibility on the individual without acknowledging the wider context of people's lives or that people need opportunities to learn and develop skills in order to reach their goals. It is often the lack of opportunity rather than a lack of trying that prevents change from taking place.
When people are equipped with new skills and knowledge (e.g. training that enables them to enter more secure and rewarding careers), it can help them to build confidence and motivation to change behaviours. It also helps when opportunities for learning are easy to access (e.g. low cost or free and located in non-clinical settings close to people’s homes - see Enabling environments), and are flexible enough to provide tailored support to those taking part (e.g. personalised learning that maps directly onto people’s goals - see Working on what matters).
Learning new skills:
Using the information above, start to brainstorm ideas to try out in your organisation or community. Think about how to co-design ideas with other practitioners and people in the local community who could benefit from Good Help. Use the map below to help you test and develop your ideas.
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