Gingerbread and The Mental Health Foundation have secured funding from Big Lottery Wales for a project to provide 18 self-management courses over 2 years for single parents in Cardiff and Newport.
Single parents have been involved at every stage of development of this programme of self-management training, the first in Wales specifically tailored to their needs.
What is Self- Management?
Self-Management is a set of skills learnt by people to help them keep control over different aspects of their lives and maintain their mental health and wellbeing.
People learn planning and problem-solving techniques to overcome challenges that they face. Through these techniques people learn how to manage their mental health and improve their quality of life.
Self-management programmes work by developing participants’ skills and knowledge, but succeed when individuals gain confidence in their ability to achieve their own goals.
What does the training involve?
- Six weekly workshops facilitated by trained single parents; providing guidance and practice in goal setting, action planning and problem solving.
- Opportunity to train as a facilitator/trainer
- Ongoing peer support / friendship group
- Community project
Participants have the opportunity to develop skills, share information and experiences and build their social and emotional support networks.
Participants then become part of a peer support group, sharing and solving problems together, socialising and practicing self-management skills.
What difference can it make?
In the words of previous workshop participants:
It enables a person to become an expert in their own health and wellbeing
The ability to exert more control over my own health and wellbeing
It means coping with everyday life and situations better
Putting my life in order and makes me more confident
being able to maintain as good a quality of life as I am able (not a perfect life but OK by me)
It gives me hope and inspiration
There are no restrictions on joining the project, aside from being a single parent in Cardiff and Newport, and we can cover travel and childcare costs.
If you are a single parent who would like to join, or you know a parent that would benefit from the project, then please contact Gingerbread’s Cardiff office on 02920 471900 or email Rachel Cule email@example.com or Cheryl Crowell firstname.lastname@example.org