Activities, Training and Work Placements

Life Skills: Accessible activities for all

Creative writing facilitator Letti Prescott with author Nathan Filer and sponsors Leonard Pearcey and Peter Child launching a collection of the group’s work

The Life Skills project works with people who are vulnerable – this may be due to loneliness, mental health issues, addictions or problems with confidence. Courses are free and in the last year we worked with 156 people on 30 different courses. There’s lots of different opportunities on offer,  both creative and practical –  our hope is that those who engage with our courses see positive benefits on their health and wellbeing and that the new skills acquired can be used  as a step towards further training and employment. We also work individually with people depending on need.

If you are interested in finding out more about Life Skills, please find the latest timetable to download here  Lifeskills – TIMETABLE March – Summer 2017 . Call Denise or Matt on 01225 463549 for more information.

Courses include creative writing, art, an IT drop-in, money management, cookery, food hygiene,  music therapy, gardening and photography .One highlight of our new timetable is a Samba Drumming course starting on Tuesday June 6th in association with Bath Carnival .

A highlight this spring was the publication of a collection of the creative writing group’s work available here :LS Creative Writing book 2017. Award winning author Nathan Filer wrote the foreword and visited the group to celebrate its launch. Contributor  Marian Lassam said “It’s quite emotional seeing this book – it’s been really good to be part of something that represents the positive things that we all get from being part of the writing group. I shall really treasure the book and I wish my parents could have seen it as a lot of the memories that inspire my writing come from my time spent with them>”

Here’s details of a new course!

Since January we’ve been running a ten week Winter Cookery course in association with Bath Mind and the Wellbeing College and are also involved in co ordinating the Trussell Trust’s “Eat well, Spend Less”  programme of classes at 3 sites in the city. ( see photo above). The programme consists of 6 weekly sessions for individuals on tight budgets who want to learn to cook nutritious but cheap meals. We’ve had good feedback from those who’ve taken part:

“It was a small group and it felt like 1-1 tuition so everything that we did we got maximum practical hands on and enjoyed a high ratio of support so it was really productive. For the last  week we chose what we wanted to do and made things for breakfast, crepes, smoothie, porridge with yoghurt, honey and raspberries.   All our questions were answered about food, budgeting, shopping  and meal planning”.

“As good as it could get, very little room for improvement, don’t think it could have been much better. In a great location with an excellent kitchen”.

Our project users also work with a number of cultural and creative organisations in Bath, such as Bath Festivals, the Holburne Museum and  Victoria Art Gallery and the Roman Baths. We’ve recently set up a Genesis Choir for clients, volunteers and staff. It’s led by George Bevan, Director of Music at Monkton School and has made 2 public appearances at Bath Forum and the Holburne Museum.

  • Members of the Life Skills creative writing group with their book

  • Winter Cookery Team cooking up a storm!

  • The Genesis Choir & Music Director George Bevan

  • Spring inspiration by Life Skills art group member Mel

  • Life Skills Art Group at Bath Christmas Market 2016

Our Impact

Last year, Life Skills helped 156 clients ,  with the help of 33 dedicated volunteers. Of these 156, 23 people were referred onto further education or training and a further 40 were referred on to other agencies, support groups or volunteering.

We provide work placements through our Furniture project

We provide volunteering opportunities,  work placements and apprenticeships, involving customer service tasks and van driver duties.