Find new confidence with free workshop

People in Weston-super-Mare are being invited to attend a free five-day confidence-building workshop being organised by the University of Bath.

It is being held at The Campus, Highlands Lane, Locking Castle, Weston-super-Mare, between 9 – 13 May.

The course, being run by the University’s Division for Lifelong Learning, aims to help participants recognise their strengths, build their personal confidence and boost their potential through creative and personal development activities.

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 aims to help people explore who they are and who they could become by using various techniques including dance, drama and music. Participants will also meet inspirational role models who have made changes to their lives and careers, and visit local education providers on the final day.

Ms Igoe said: “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 something outside their personal box.”

Previous course participant Heather Finden-Harvey, who attended the course in May last year, said: “It was inspirational and mind-blowing! When I started at the beginning of the week I was so nervous I nearly walked out, but it was the best week of my life. I’ve learnt that if you really want something you can make it happen and that is what I am going to do.”

Suzanne Maxwell, Deputy Director of the Division for Lifelong Learning said: “The University wants to encourage people to raise their aspirations and potentially consider returning to learning or training. They don’t need any experience, qualifications or artistic ability for the course, just a willingness to ‘have a go’ and have fun doing something creative.”

The five-day course takes place from 9.30pm to 3pm each day. Free lunch and drinks will be provided for all participants.

Further details are available from Gemma Igoe at the University of Bath on 01225 386511 or online or email.

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