Severnside Housing Residents
This project involved engaging with and delivering workshops to Severnside Housing residents in one housing area with specific aims of:
- Instilling confidence and self motivation into the community, resulting in more engaged and involved residents.
- Enhancing their commitment to the area and pride in their own work as well as developing life skills.
- Working towards achieving sustainable independent living, reducing reliance on external services.
The engagement took the form of:
- Coffee afternoons
- IT support sessions – training and confidence in using these skills.
- Drop-in support sessions.
- Confidence to Shine workshops.
- Working with existing groups within the area.
- Attending Severnside’s Resident Conferences and open days.
We worked with some residents who were looking to return to work following long periods away from work due to illness, injury and family commitments. When we first engaged with these people, they felt very out of control, lacking in confidence and did not find they were getting the support they needed. We worked with them, sharing hints and tips on improving self confidence and motivation and helped them to create their own realistic action plans and strategies for returning to work as well as ensuring that they were able to develop self sustaining skills for maintaining confidence and motivation levels.
We also worked with individuals to help them develop confidence and awareness of unrecognised skills and to generate ideas of how these skills could be put to use for their own benefit and for the community generally. In some of these cases, we gave practical IT training and support. All of which combined to help combat feelings of isolation in some individuals.
We also worked with young people who had experienced difficulty getting a foot on the job ladder and helped them to develop skills and confidence and practical action plans to achieve their goals.
***Self evaluation impact questionnaires carried out before and after the workshops highlighted an increase in self confidence, feeling of control, motivation and skills awareness from an average of 3.8 out of 10 to 8.6 out of 10. ***
“I would like to say thank you for all your efforts in delivering the project, the engagement with our residents has been beneficial. We recognise that the work of Beyond Brilliance has given our residents the opportunity to explore new avenues and to build on self-confidence and I am sure that this has made a positive impact on their lives.”
Marianne Grant, Senior Community Development Officer, Severnside Housing
Confidence to Shine workshops are available for delivery to groups of all types and sizes who are looking to improve confidence, assertiveness, self motivation and to develop practical plans towards a self sustaining and independent future.