Happy New Year everyone. May 2013 be happy, healthy, prosperous, positive & FUN! No doubt you have all made new year resolutions, very positive ones of course, life changing maybe?? We all do it and sometimes we keep them & most of the time we don’t! Another approach is to just be the best you can be very day, one day at a time. We all know ourselves when it is time to chance something in our lives and it just doesn’t have to be done at new year. As we know ‘If you have always done what you have always done you will always get what you always got!’ We can change unwanted habits to new resourceful ones any day, it’s up to us to choose when and as Gandhi said “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
An exciting venture for us to be involved in this year is the UK City of Culture, Derry-Londonderry. We launched Positive Parties on the 22nd Oct 2010 in the City of Culture Office. Due to us working a lot in the Derry area we feel very much part of it and we are all pumped up for the positive atmosphere & the hopes & dreams for an amazing year.
We have also developed a programme specifically for this City of Culture year for the community & voluntary sector. Its called the KISS (Keep It So Simple) Culture Programme By Positive Parties ‘Change Your Vibes’ and it goes like this…….
We deliver fun workshops (Positive Parties) of Joyous Celebrations that will both engage & connect children, young people, adults & senior citizens from all walks of life, throughout the Derry-Londonderry area and beyond (workshops can be delivered by age group or gender category or all together).
Using music, games, prizes, interactive exercises we can deliver just one or a series of workshops in your area across the 12 months of 2013 that will be both innovative in their programming and long lasting in their impact. The underlying focus of these workshops is to create a peaceful & prosperous existence through positive thinking and attitudes, to do this we will use NLP & CBT with techniques such as positive memory anchoring etc. It is very commonly mentioned amongst local citizens that Derry can sometimes have a negative mentality, we aim to change this perception under your community banner & the 2013 theme to create a lasting legacy of positivity that will live on beyond the celebrations of 2013. These workshops are motivational, inspirational & transformational because this unique learning style environment is FUN people are more inclined to remember and recall the learning, the new tools & techniques on how to be & stay positive. Embracing the City of Culture and its themes is the main focus of these ‘party style’ workshops. Areas & people that may not usually get involved will be given the opportunity to express their positive cultural experiences & share stories & talents & skills. Plus children (10+) will get to voice their creative ideas & be heard.
This KISS Culture Programme will be delivered in YOUR area. You access the funding, pick a date & time, get the community together and we do the rest. It’s positive, fun & people learn lots too. We have already assisted groups & associations with their applications forms in relation to our workshop agendas and input.
We had our FIRST Positive Parties workshop of 2013 on the 9th Jan in Knockavoe College & Resource Centre. We delivered this staff development training session to 40 teachers & classroom assistants in the form of a Positive Parties workshop & they loved it. This was some of the feedback we received:
What people LIKED: the delivery, music, content, craic & fun, participation as a group, everyone having a go, the activities we did & the variation of them, the presents, the interaction between staff, anchor, games, dancing, sharing ideas/feelings, practical exercises.
This is what they would USE: powerful positive affirmations, anchor thumb, the shield, the mirror, positive feelings, books, music.
What really appeals to people for team building is the fun factor & never getting bored during the workshop session. No power point, no handouts, no lectures, just interactive exercises, new tools & techniques, music, prizes & lots of fun!
Lots happening over the new few months with businesses, schools & communities. We also have a new member of staff coming on board the team and a potential new agent who is very interested in running Positive Parties in Belfast.
We are applying for Invest NI’s Propel Programme too, so fingers crossed. That would really ‘propel’ us forward to fulfilling our ‘going global’ vision. We will keep you posted.
So, for planning staff training/student workshops/motivational talks with a difference for 2013 may we be the first you contact. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone PPHQ on 0044 2881659505 mobile 0044 779079313