Building confidence for free People in Wiltshire are being invited to attend a free four-day confidence-building workshop organised by the University of Bath. The course is being held at the Bemerton Health Neighbourhood Centre near Salisbury between 18 and 21 May and is run by the University’s Division for Lifelong Learning. It aims to help participants recognise their strengths, build their personal confidence, raise aspirations and boost their potential through creative arts, drama and music. Course director Liz Igoe, who is a trained counsellor and teacher, said: “It’s for anyone who feels a bit stuck in a rut, wants to find a new direction or career, or just needs to boost their confidence and self-esteem. “The course will help people explore who they are and who they could become by using different inspiring and uplifting activities including creative arts, drama, music and personal development. Course participants will also meet inspirational role models who have made changes to their lives or careers. “We hope to provide a supportive atmosphere for people to explore and expand; to help them build self-esteem and self-confidence and rediscover their spontaneity and creativity. It can help increase confidence if people try something a bit different, especially something creative. It’s an opportunity to think and experience outside their own personal box.” Current BSc computing student Matt Davis from Twerton in Bath returned to learning at the age of 28, swapping landscape gardening for IT. He said: “I wanted to get my career up together and I’d always fancied studying for a degree. I’m in my final year now at Bath College studying IT and the course has really opened up new opportunities for me. I’ve not only expanded my knowledge of IT but gained practical experience of technical support within the workplace. When I finish I am looking for a graduate placement in a large IT company.” Rachael Selley, Participation Manager at the University of Bath, explained: “The University wants to encourage people to increase their aspirations and perhaps to consider returning to learning or training. They don’t need any experience, qualifications or artistic ability – just a willingness to ‘have a go’ and, most importantly, to have fun doing something creative.” The four-day workshop takes place in the Bemerton Heath Neighbourhood Centre at 60 Pinewood Way, Salisbury, SP2 9HU, from 9.15am to 3pm each day. Coffee and breakfast will be provided and participants will be asked to bring a contribution for a shared lunch each day.
Find out more at: http://www.bath.ac.uk/lifelong-learning/creative/