Need help to learn and earn?

Thursday, 20 March 2014 - 9:00am

A new tool has been launched to help adults using homelessness services to learn and acheive their goals.

The Really Useful Book of Learning and Earning (RUBLE)  is a free resource for adults using homelessness services to help them think about their learning and development, plan ahead and develop strategies for achieving their goals.

Written by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) with support from us and funding from Government, the RUBLE format has already proved popular  with people experiencing mental health problems and young adult carers.

What is in the RUBLE?

The book contains information, advice and activities to support people to take positive steps forward in their lives. It includes:

  • Activities to encourage people to think positively and to reflect on the skills they have and the skills they would like to develop
  • Information about different types of learning and the benefits of learning, with examples of the positive difference that learning has made to people who have been homeless
  • Hints and tips about applying for jobs, creating a CV, and going to interviews
  • Details about self-employment and volunteering, and links to further information and sources of support
  • Advice and support on action planning and setting short, medium and long-term goals
  • Diary pages to help people stay organised and in control
  • Ideas to encourage positive health and well-being, and to support people to manage their money
  • Links to useful websites and helplines

How can I use it?

There are lots of ways you can help clients to get the most out of the RUBLE. Here are just a few examples - you could:

  • Use the activities as a basis for discussion with clients
  • Offer ideas on what they might write - for example, about the skills they already have
  • Provide information to clients on local learning and volunteering opportunities, or encourage them to carry out their own research
  • Help clients to set realistic goals and check on their progress towards these goals
  • Support clients to identify any potential barriers to their goals and explore how they may overcome them
  • Access the websites of other organisations for additional information.

Get the guide

NIACE are sending copies to some of our members but you can also download the RUBLE here

Talk To Us

Tasmin Maitland

Head of innovation and good practice

Tasmin leads our innovation and good practice team, managing a range of projects including guidance, the Transatlantic Practice Exchange and the Hostels Action Learning series.

Telephone: 020 7840 4451
Twitter: @Tasmin_IGP