How Action for Children – Skills for Living Can Help

Skills for Living is a community based project throughout Wales for young people aged 16 – 24 years-old who have been in care on, or around their 16th birthday. The team works with young people to improve their psychosocial skills to help them develop their independence in Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham and Powys. The programme’s model uses Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and is successful in helping young people with their psychological and emotional needs.

We support young people who are struggling to cope with leaving care, they often are distressed, have difficulties forming relationships, or maintaining consistency. Many are not achieving their full potential.

The team works with young people who might be putting themselves in danger such as engaging in self-harm, drug or alcohol use, inappropriate sexual relationships, social withdrawal or other self-destructive behaviour.

These young people may already be involved with CAMHS or other support agencies but may not meet the threshold for adult mental health services.

The team supports young people in developing skills in the following key areas:

  • Mindfulness
  • Emotional regulation
  • Distress tolerance
  • Interpersonal effectiveness

This support is also provided by the Skills for Living team to young people’s significant others and carers.


Contact Details

Main contact: Amanda/Lisa
Phone: 01978 264040

Action for Children, 11 Sontley Road,
Wrexham, LL13 7EN

Action for Children - Skills for Living

Action for Children, 11 Sontley Road, Wrexham LL13 7EN, UK