Fifteen participants in the Inspire Project’s Making Changes Programme graduated with a certificate on the final fun day which took place at Lower Shaw Farm at the end of March.
Over the past three months Bruce Clarke former Head of Adult Education at Swindon Borough Council who now operates as an independent coach and trainer, has been leading the programme, offering a variety of learning experiences from yoga, meditation and physical exercise to career planning, poetry and singing.
Graduate Vicky Souter from Westlea feels she has gained a lot from taking part in the project. "I’m learning to put bad experiences behind me and look at them as part of my life but not who I am," she said. "I’m exercising more than I used to and I’ve got my CV online. It’s been good to get a new outlook on things."
Lower Shaw Farm trustee Matt Holland said "it’s good for people to gather to talk and explore new things, and for this to be happening at Lower Shaw Farm is very inspiring."
After receiving his certificate, programme participant Matt Ferro brought the house down with the debut performance of his unaccompanied song You’re the Reason which he wrote six months earlier.
"It was one of Matt’s key outcomes from the programme to perform his song in public for the first time," said Bruce. "The fact that he has accomplished what he set out to do is superb."
The project also inspired another participant, Torry Duff, to poetry, and she performed her poem The Soup of Life to a rapt audience.
"This programme seems like a difficult thing to have to explain to government funders, but it feels like it has been a very worthwhile and valuable experience for the participants," said Bruce. "I’m sure we’ll be running Inspire 2 over the next few months."
For information on future programmes http://the-inspire-project.co.uk.