The second block of our Life Skills Programme saw five women, three African and two Pakistani, complete the 10-week course. From the start the group bonded well and were keen to meet regularly to learn together as a group. Some of the group topics that were covered were: the wheel of life, making smart goals, five ways to better wellbeing, self-talk and inner voice, and making choices.
We also visited the Hidden Gardens where the ladies were given an opportunity to volunteer, and two signed up.
The one-to-one sessions focused on applying for college courses, signing up for volunteer opportunities, enrolling in online learning courses, learning about starting a business, and building confidence and self-esteem.
Some feedback from the participants:
“I used to be unmotivated and I didn’t achieve much. After learning to set smart goals I am able to make a plan and follow it. It helps me to be disciplined, less stressed and more relaxed.”
“I feel much more confident as a result of this course. It is the first course I have been on that focused on me and my personality. It was designed for me!”
“After listening to the talk on negative voices, I am more confident. In the past I would get really upset if someone was critical of me, but now I just think ‘well that’s your opinion’ and I choose to be happy.”