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Creating connections

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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


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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 rachel.cule@gingerbread.org.uk or Cheryl Crowell cheryl.crowell@gingerbread.org.uk