Updated: Sep 11, 2018
New Beginnings delivered our Mindfulness4Adults programme at Bosco House in July 2016
"Staff and residents of Bosco House recently attended a Life Coaching course delivered by New Beginnings – and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
The six, two-hour sessions covered areas such as self-awareness, self-esteem and confidence building, stress and anger management, and forgiveness and acceptance. Course leader, Julie Awang, said: “The New Beginnings vision is to guide and support participants to find peace of mind, to move forward in their lives with a healthy, positive approach.”
Julie added that this was particularly beneficial to staff involved in the challenging and stressful work of providing supported housing, as well as service users themselves who may have experienced difficult life events.
Julie continued: “The levels of stress, depression and anxiety felt within our communities is at its highest historic level. Modern day technology adds to the already, very often, unaddressed issues individuals are struggling to deal with. The objective of the course is to enrich the lives of the participants. Key emotional, social issues and challenges are addressed, thus empowering participants to reach their highest potential.”
Bosco housekeeper, Wendy Roberts, said: “The group I was in was comprised of staff and residents. I think that the course was very good and can be really useful for people trying to cope with stress, anxiety, low self-worth and help with anger management.”
“Julie was very approachable, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, and gave us some nice handouts to go with each session. She provided the group with advice and practical activities that kept us engaged and interested. We always looked forward to the next meeting.”
“I really enjoyed learning about mindfulness, which I have been able to put into practice after the course finished. It helps me cope with stress better. Mindfulness is a method of paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings and to the world around you – practicing mindfulness can improve mental wellbeing.”
“We also did some meditation that I know the residents enjoyed very much.
Two of the residents said that it was a pity that the course wasn’t longer as they said they thoroughly enjoyed it and found Julie very down to earth and easy to talk to.” More sessions have now been booked at Bosco."