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Self esteem and assertiveness workshops for women

The Women’s Resource Centre (WRC) will launch a series of workshops next week to help women find effective ways of dealing with stress and manage themselves emotionally in healthy relationships.

For two hours, once a week, participants will engage in a variety of workshops to enhance assertive language skills, their physical health and wellness while covering other empowering topics.

The Self Esteem and Assertiveness workshops are geared for all women “who want to invest in themselves”, according to WRC Community Educator Shané Simons.

“We invite any woman who has finished high school, professionals, stay-at-homers, college returnees, retirees or the unemployed to attend.

“The first facilitator on June 13 will be Reilly Ingham who will take participants through an Art Therapy session. This creative process is an expressive form of therapy that enhances a person’s physical, mental and emotional well being,” said Ms Simon.

“Each week will see a 30-minute message from WRC and presentation from a professional in our community. When women ‘graduate’ from the four-week long workshop they will be armed with a greater sense of confidence, which has been explored and celebrated throughout the workshop.

“They will be educated with the resources available to them in our community. And they will be connected to the micro-community that will grow between the participants,” she added.

There are 15 spaces available at a cost of $50 for all four sessions, the sign up deadline is Tuesday June 11. Another workshop series for teens will be held in October.

Ms Simon noted that teenaged girls in Bermuda, as in any community, “have special concerns”. “The workshops will be in a similar format as the adult session, but the community facilitators will be different. Each workshop is as unique as its participants,” she said.

Executive director Patrice Frith Hayward added: “This is the WRCs signature workshop and one that participants have significantly benefited from in the past.

“Our aim is to empower women, therefore we have taken a proactive approach in our intentional effort to design and implement programmes that directly align with our vision of empowerment.

“Self esteem has different meanings for different people and through programmes such as these workshops, women are encouraged to become empowered and to empower others, by attaining information and skills to make better life choices,” she said.

“Our motto is, ‘Strong Women, Strong Families, Strong Community’. In other words, the entire community could benefit as a result of women attending these workshops. We encourage employers to encourage their employees to join us for what could be a life changing experience.”

The first series runs from June 13 to July 3 from 6pm to 8pm at Charities House on Point Finger Road.

For more information e-mail ssimon@wrcbermuda.com or call 295-3882 to register.

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Published June 05, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 04, 2013 at 11:12 pm)

Self esteem and assertiveness workshops for women

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