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Congleton residents to develop life skills

14 February 2017
Congleton resident developing life skills through a programme aimed at improving health and mental well-being.

A newly-developed life skills training programme designed to improve health and mental well-being is being opened up to Congleton residents, thanks to the support of Sanctuary Housing.

Life Skills Programme

Run by New Life Church, the programme has been developed to help participants in dealing with issues including money management, self-esteem and general wellbeing through a range of social activities and support courses.

While people are able to participate in targeted courses, such as self-esteem and assertiveness, they can also take part in a book club, help organise tea parties for local care home residents and attend socials and trips.

The programme will also help residents develop environmental skills through simple maintenance, woodwork and up-cycling sessions.

“Come along to a friendly and welcoming environment”

Will Spendilow from New Life Church, said: “These activities cover a great range of topics and provide some good opportunities for local residents to come along to a friendly and welcoming environment to contribute, learn or just enjoy the experience. 

“The indirect benefits of just belonging, making new friends or having an uplifting day are equally valuable and I would encourage people to come and see what’s on offer.”

“Invest directly in our residents”

Zenab Hussain, Sanctuary’s housing officer in the area, added: “Funding a community-led project such as this enables us to invest directly in our residents, helping them to develop essential skills while supporting them to live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.

“The sessions on offer cover a number of issues that some of our residents need support with and the environmental skills workshops will be a great addition, giving them something new to try. We look forward to hearing how everyone gets on.”

Sessions take place on Tuesdays between 10.30am and 12.30pm at New Life Church, Danesford Community Centre on West Road.

Find out more

To find out more about the Life Skills programme please contact Will Spendilow or the Church Office on 01260 297961 or email mail@nlchurch.org.uk

Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund

This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund, which is currently accepting applications from community projects benefiting Sanctuary residents and their communities.

To find out more about the fund, please call 01905 335411 or email community@sanctuary-housing.co.uk or visit the Grand Ideas Fund website.