Confidence Building and Cookery Workshops in Southampton

Vendors in Southampton have recently attended 6 weekly workshops on the theme of Confidence Building and Independence Skills.

These workshops followed the success of a ‘Budget Healthy Eating Workshop’ organised as part of Health Week in November 2012.

Pula from Training for Work in Communities led the workshops, which were held in the dining room of Two Saints Homeless Day Centre.

The trainer began the sessions focussing on the practical life skill of cookery. Each week, she taught the vendors a different recipe, from vegetable curry to strawberry and chocolate chip scones. She used this opportunity to discuss nutrition with the vendors and to give them tips to improve the nutritional content of their diet.

In the second half of the sessions, the trainer focussed on confidence building. The trainer led a group discussion on a range of topics including:

  • What is confidence?
  • Recognising your own strength and skills
  • Choosing to let go of past experiences
  • Our comfort zones and moving outside them
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Assertive, Passive and Aggressive Behaviour

The workshops were attended by 3-8 vendors per week, who responded positively. Vendors felt safe and secure to share in the discussions and they enjoyed the course.

Vendors said the things that they liked most about the course were:

  • ‘The style and professionalism of the teacher’
  • ‘Honesty’ and the ‘friendly atmosphere’
  • ‘It reinforced my previous learning experiences’
  • ‘The food’

Service users of the Two Saints Homeless Day Centre were also invited to participate and the strength of partnership-working helped these workshops to be a success. The Big Issue Foundation would like to thank Two Saints and Training for Work in Communities supported by Southampton City Council for making these workshops possible.

Trainer, Pula Popat, explains how to make muffins

At the workshop: Vendor on far right, Zamfir Tataru, with Two Saints service users, Graham Wright and Kim Raymond