We are now half way through 2011. Positive Parties have been growing and developing at a steady rate, taking on new businesses, schools and homes to deliver these fun-filled workshops. No one yet has ever been disappointed after
attending a Positive Party and the feedback has been fantastic.
We are always aiming to please our clients and constructive feed back is always welcome. A few weeks ago at Shepherds View Young Parents Project it was noted that a few of the songs needed to be more recent! ‘Good vibrations’ by the Beach Boys wasn’t quite what young people wanted to hear! So music was updated immediately (thank you SC!) catering for 16 -24 age group. A specific play list was set up for the 17 – 18 year olds for St Cecilia’s College the next week. And after the evaluation they said the music was perfect. So from now on each individual Positive Party will have its own unique play list catering for the clientele.
Some exciting news is that Positive Parties, though still in its infancy, has been now asked back to 3 separate organisations. This is both something to feel proud of yet also very humbling. We delivered to the Shepherds View Young Parents Project staff team in January and we were back in June delivering to the young parents. For St Cecilia’s College, we delivered a PP to their Student Leadership Team on a residential in June 2010 and we were back again for the 2011 Student Leadership Team. SureStarts in both Strabane and Irvinestown have held Parties and we are back again inIrvinestown in the Arc Centre on the 7th July. Due to word of mouth other schools are getting in touch and we are making plans to deliver 3 Positive Parties in one day to a school in Kildare later in the year to 16 year olds. Also the Vice Principal of an Integrated Primary like our ethos & values and they have made a provisional booking for staff teaming building for October.
In relation to the corporate side of things this is a market that we are also steadily moving into. A meeting was held with a director of a public sector organisation with the view to do some work with them in the autumn. And we had a call last week from an organisation who are obviously eager to use NLP in the workplace and ‘change vibes’ so that the whole working
environment is pleasant which leads on to profitability for the company. This manager mentioned how their company endorses the FISH philosophy, which Positive Parties is very familiar with. In fact Positive Parties actually demonstrates and discusses in a fun way throughout their workshops what the FISH Philosophy is all about which is: Play (fun & light heartedness), Make Their Day (focus on engaging others in ways that lift their spirits), Be There (living in the present moment & giving others our full attention), Choose Your Attitude (understanding that whatever attitude you are carrying with you right now, it is the one you are choosing). By introducing games and tools and techniques, Positive Parties does what is says on the tin, help individuals ‘change their vibes.’
The highlight of the first half of 2011 for Positive Parties was the official opening of Peace Bridge in Derry – Londonderry, linking the Cityside and the Waterside. Founder Denise Devlin attended the opening on the 25thJune and it was amazing. She went back over the bridge on the 30th June (thank you Stephanie & Chloe, who I had a lovely conversation with, for taking this photo) and says “The energy there in magical. Peolpe are smiling and feeling good, many want to connect and chat. This Peace Bridge has come about because the people of the city have ‘changed their vibes.’ If only the whole world could do that imagine what a better world it would be.”