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Skills For Life (for Swansea students only)

By ELeyshon 13 Nov 2017

‘Skills for life – teaching you the things you really need to know’.

Welfare@CampusLife are running a series of life skills courses over the year that will give you the opportunity to make new friends, increase your self-esteem as well as making you more independent and resilient. 

Below is a breakdown of the seven courses we are running this semester and you can expect other courses such as photography, art, domestic skills, cycling maintenance, navigation and water safety in 2018.

  • Barista training – Whether it’s making love hearts with the milk or serving lattes in shelled-out avocados, knowing how to make a good coffee is a seriously good skill to know. Especially if you are a student looking for some part-time work to fund your lifestyle. The Student’s Union bars, JC’s and 52 degree, have kindly agreed to teach students the basics of how to make a good coffee. It’s guaranteed to be a latte of fun (sorry)!
  • First-aid – You just never know what life is going to throw at you sometimes and having the knowledge to possibly save a life is something that everybody should have. As part of their ‘Save a life’ scheme, St. Johns ambulance have agreed to run a 2-hour, first aid awareness course that aims to equip people with basic first aid skills they could use to be the difference between life and death.
  • Self-defence – Knowing that you are able to look after yourself in a nasty situation is a real form of reassurance. As well as keeping you mentally and physically fit, improving your self-defence will bolster your confidence and increase your street awareness. Each week will vary, with self-defence being taught through a different discipline. 
  • Cooking – Not everyone needs to know how to make the perfect Beef Wellington or a Coq au Vin, but knowing how rustle up a solid bowl of pasta or scrambled egg is key for the mind, body and soul. Cooking can be a relaxing past-time and gives you the chance to make a healthy, cheap alternative to that takeaway you normally order. The Money@CampusLife team will be teaching you the basic skills of cooking over a 4-week course.
  • Money Management – “Money isn’t the only answer but it does make a difference” – Barrack Obama. We are all aware of the ideology that money can’t buy you happiness but being able to manage and understand your finances properly can put you on the right path. It is undoubtedly one of life’s key skills and now is the time to start thinking about it. The Money@CampusLife team will be running you through a practical, 1-hour session full of games and activities to teach you about all things money – savings, student loans, pensions and budgeting. 
  • Basic Vehicle Maintenance – Being stuck on the side of the road, in the pouring rain with a flat tyre and no clue how to fix it, is as embarrassing and helpless as it sounds. Trust us. You never know when it may come in handy to change a tyre or fix that flashing light on the dashboard but it always helps to know. We are going to try and teach you the basics in a practical, 2-hour session. 
  • Communicating Across Cultures – For many international students, coming to live in a different country with new smells, sights and sounds is a bewildering experience. Our practical seminar will empower you to live a fulfilling life as an international student in Swansea University.

All tickets can be found on our Fatsoma website and it’s worth noting that all costs for the Skills for Life events are not for profit and are used to cover costs e.g. staff time, resources, booking venues etc. Some events are subsidised by CampusLife. As a gentle reminder, this initiative is for students only!

We hope to see you soon!


ELeyshon is is an energetic soul who loves netball. A Welsh speaker who loves welsh cakes!
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