Working with people's own values and aspirations
This Way Up offers east Londoners on a low income a free six-week course that involves one-to-one life-coaching and group mindfulness training. Our partners Tim and Michele from Rising Minds are both qualified practioners. They work collaboratively with people to help them:
• Better understand their mind and emotions.
• Develop more emotional resilience.
• Set and work toward positive goals.
Coaching, not therapy or advice
This Way Up participants can take up three face-to-face life coaching sessions with Tim or Michele over a six week period. They help people find and use the powerful resources that they already have within themselves. From there people can overcome obstacles and take action that moves them in the direction that feels right for them.
Through confidential conversations participants understand and appreciate themselves and their qualities and capabilities, and so gain clarity about the potential for change and growth. They define what matters to them, while creating their own strategies to balance the different areas of their life.
Tim or Michele's coaching then supports them in following through on the actions needed to move forward. Coaching isn't therapy, which often helps people resolve deep-seated issues from the past. Nor is it advice, which provides a prescription for what someone should do.
“Life coaching was just brilliant. I can’t think of anything worse than going through life thinking that you did not fulfil your potential.
It was like doing a jigsaw puzzle. I had all the pieces of my life to put together, but I did not have the picture on the box."
Mindfulness groups work with trust and openness
This Way Up brings participants together for six group mindfulness sessions. While the one-to-one work is deeply personal and individual, the group work gives people a chance to compare their experiences and coping mechanisms.
Sessions include simple activities such as meditation, gentle physical exercise and some written reflections. In between each session participants are invited to do 10-15 minutes of home practice every day. This Way Up makes these mindfulness techniques relevant to the circumstances and challenges of each individual.
The ultimate aim is to help build up people’s resilience so that whatever changes and choices they make truly stick.
“Before I could sit and watch TV all day and not do anything – I was really unmotivated. But the mindfulness somehow unlocked something.”
- This way Up Participant
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