Seeing friends & family & religious observance
We know friends and family can be really important to you, no matter where you are, so we will speak to you about how we can support you keeping in touch with them if you want to. Pioneer is not about isolating you from the people you know and love; it’s simply an opportunity to learn more about yourself in a safe environment.
Sometimes external communication can have a negative effect on your progress through TEC Life. For instance, you may have influences in your friendship or even family group, who don’t want you to succeed. At Pioneer, you can learn to identify toxic behaviours so you can call them out and remove yourself from situations you don’t feel comfortable with.
Contact through visits, telephone, Skype, Zoom, etc and letters (we know, very old fashioned but some people like to write them!) are all encouraged, where appropriate. We’ll work with you and your social worker to arrange the best way for you to stay in touch if you want to. We can even arrange for photographs of you to be taken doing activities for you to send. This is a great way to capture memories of your time at Pioneer, as well as track how well you’re doing.
Appropriate contact with friends and family is always encouraged
Your friends and family can come and visit you at Pioneer. They can see your school, your lodge and you can show them around and explain the new things you are learning to do. Visits are decided with yourself and your key worker and social workers, to make sure you’re comfortable with a visit. Any decisions that are made at Pioneer are made with you as the focus.
You might also want to invite them to celebrate your birthday or a religious holiday – we encourage you to talk to your key worker about this so we can get visits sorted promptly for you. Your success through TEC Life is determined by how happy and comfortable you feel – visits from friends and family can be an important part of this.
If you’re religious, you’ll be supported to follow your religion, however you see fit. Your key worker will talk to you about this in your first week and if necessary, find an appropriate local place of worship and make arrangements for you to attend.
If you have dietary requirements based on your religious beliefs, these will all be met – it’s important we respect your beliefs, so that you respect other people’s.