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Michael Wood Centre Wellness Days

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    The Michael Wood Centre will be putting on 30 wellbeing days between December 2017 and July 2018. Funded by Awards for All, we will offer skills-based classes, exercise classes, crafts and the chance to learn new things, as well as providing a warm and welcoming place to have coffee or pop in for a light lunch.

    The project is based on the “five ways to wellbeing” which demonstrate that people’s mental and physical sense of wellbeing increases and can be maintained if they; connect; are active; take notice; keep learning and give. We want to include all five of these in every wellbeing day as well as a communal lunch in our café. We hope that this will appeal to a wide range of people; maybe some come all day and some just pop in for a class – all are part of the community.

    This project will be service user lead, so that people can identify what activities, events and support, helps them to achieve and support a sense of wellbeing. It will be led by a service-user group that will guide the development of the activities.

    We are launching the project on 15th December with a theme of winter/comfort/warmth and have put a varied programme together for the day. Subsequent Wellbeing days will have different themes chosen by the service users. We will also use the various national campaigns to bring information to service users on health and social care issues such as stopping smoking, keeping warm in winter or bowel cancer awareness.

    To help raise the profile of these events, we would ask you to circulate this poster, and either print off or ring 0116 255 9995 and ask Sylvia to send you some. Alternatively, you could pop in and collect some if you are passing.

    We hope that you will pop down for afternoon tea with us on Friday 15th December at 3pm to help celebrate this new project.




Moneywise Plus One Year on

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    Moneywise Plus has succeeded in supporting 321 participants to improve their digital and financial skills

    On Friday 24th November Moneywise Plus delivery partners, participants and stakeholders gathered together at The Venue, De Montfort University to mark the end of the first year of delivery of the Moneywise Plus programme and celebrate its achievements to date. As of September 2017, the project has supported 321 participants, of which

    • 43% increased their financial skills in personal budgeting
    • 36% increased their digital skills through improved access to the internet
    • 36% received specific advice through attendance at scheduled appointments as part of the programme.

    Moneywise Plus is a project funded by the National Lottery (through the Big Lottery Fund) and the European Social Fund. It is managed and delivered by Reaching People, a consortium of third sector organisations in Leicester and Leicestershire, with the City and County Council as additional partners. The purpose of the project is to improve the financial and digital skills of local unwaged participants across Leicester and Leicestershire, with the aim to support 1,400 people by the end of 2019.

    The event began with an opportunity for attendees to mingle and chat, followed by a welcome by Gaynor Quilter, Chair of Reaching People. We then enjoyed a video introducing the project (which you can view below) and kicked off the event in earnest with an evaluation discussion in groups lead and facilitated by Chris Barlow of ERS. After sharing feedback we moved onto the next activity, in which Moneywise Plus delivery partners each lead a discussion in groups and then fed back to the room. At 5pm we listened to a talk by our inspirational keynote speaker Romail Gulzar, Managing Editor of Pukaar News and Founder of the Leicester Curry Awards, who spoke about how money and digital skills had influenced his life. We wrapped up the event with some last words from Reaching People CEO Jenny Hand and Gaynor Quilter, at which point a buffet was served and attendees were free to eat, drink and network.

    Here’s what some of our participants had to say about our project

    ‘The whole programme has boosted my confidence, helped me to reach my personal goals and helped me improve on my communication skills.’

    ‘Very worthwhile project and has really helped me get a full-time permanent position.’

    ‘I have now become very confident in everything that I do.’

    We’re extremely proud of all that we’ve achieved in just one year and look forward to doing even more in the years to come! We hope you will join us at our next annual celebration event in 2018.

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