Conversations & Explorations - two confidence building workshops

Ref: C2341737

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These two linked workshops offer 'women friendly' opportunities to discover how to become more confident generally, but in particular how to explore, access and enjoy the many resources and places for recreation and information in Nottingham and/or where you live. Topics for discussion will depend on students' interests, but we will consider ideas and practical ways, for eg, to overcome fears about interactions with others when out and about, problems (especially for women) of travel or going to unfamiliar places, to see yourself as having rights to take up locally available opportunities of all kinds: travel info, where to get information, women friendly parks, libraries, cafes, museums, art galleries etc) .There will be short 'outing' in each session into the immediate surroundings, to enable us to reflect in later conversations on the experience of 'going out' and to consider creative ways (eg photography, resource mapping, diary keeping) to document information for future use.

Course aim

These two workshops will complement confidence building courses and/or offer opportunities for women to develop their personal skills, improve social communication through interaction and conversation and discover just what their city offers women.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify some of the difficulties you and other women can experience when using some spaces / places in the city and/or where they live and how to overcome them.
  • Describe the key ideas of building confidence to help you to get out and about and to reflect on them in your own way.
  • Use creative and other activities and information gathering to extend your knowledge about where you live and how to engage with them
  • Discuss how you and other women could improve their social/community lives and know how to obtain key/useful information
  • Reflect on, and suggest ways to make places more accessible to women and their children and how to plan and 'map' your own explorations with more confidence.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Students will be encouraged to bring in items of interest found in the media or elsewhere and as we will be using maps, photography etc they will also be encouraged to share and use eg mobile phones to take photos or write about their experiences etc.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Between the two workshops students will be encouraged to do some research for themselves - finding where and how will be covered in the first session

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • There will be a further course in the Autumn term and an opportunity therefore to follow up ideas and develop the 'Mapping a Women Friendly Nottingham" project.

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Conversations & Explorations - two confidence building workshops

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Due to face to face teaching being suspended unfortunately this course is not currently available for enrolment.

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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