Take Five Stories - Adults growing stronger and more resilient

“I feel like I’m breathing in all the good and breathing out the rubbish. It’s as if all the rubbish is being drained from me and I feel all sparkly again! I feel like my brain is more controlled.”
Participant, Parent Programme

This inspiring report shares the stories of 9 adults who attended Take Five in the Community parent/carer programmes in North Nottinghamshire in 2018-19.

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Take Five Stories - Adults growing stronger and more resilient

Funded by the Wheatcroft Fund and Vibrant Warsop CIC, Each Amazing Breath was able to deliver three Take Five in the Community Programmes in 3 schools in North Nottinghamshire of which this report shares the results. Over the 3 Programmes, 31 Parents and Carers have been involved in learning, embodying and owning Take Five practices that have been tailored to practically address their personal resilience building needs

The sessions, designed by Mark Lilly, Training Director of Each Amazing Breath and Julie Christian, our UK based Lead Trainer and are highly needs-based, which allows safe, and practical patterns and practices to emerge, and be owned and self-applied to help people to feel stronger and more resilient. Programmes usually involved 4-5 highly tailored sessions of between one to one and a half hours.

The report contains 9 personal stories from interviews and ‘check-in’ meetings of parents and carers from Sparken Hill Academy and Worksop C of E Primary Academy, Worksop and Church Vale Primary School in Warsop.

The report shares deeply personal and moving stories from 9 of the participants of the programmes 8 months on, showing the long-term impacts on them and their families and include moving quotes such as:

  • “It makes a difference to people around you, it makes a difference to how you’re feeling inside yourself, it just makes a difference.”
  • “I seem to be a better person, I don’t seem to be as stressed as what I was before, the kids are noticing, I’m a happier person in myself because I’m able to deal with what’s going on.”
  • “It’s having that control back, knowing I’m calmer, it’s up to me, I respond not react. No more flying off the handle.”
  • “I remind myself to breathe. Not to react."
  • “I feel like I’m breathing in all the good and breathing out the rubbish. It’s as if all the rubbish is being drained from me and I feel all sparkly again! I feel like my brain is more controlled.”

The report finds that each individual interviewed experienced their own personal transformation or ‘shift’ in perception and learned valuable tools to help them ease anxiety, the burden of worry and day-to-day stress and reported better relationships with their children and improved sleep amongst other equally important areas, such as their own unique parenting challenges.

We are sure you will agree, the Parents and Carers in this report shine, and it is our hope that the report helps to firmly demonstrate that new, empowering patterns of living, coping and indeed thriving are not only possible, but very much alive in these Parents and Carers. Not only that, their stories provide very real examples of how the benefits of the Programmes are rippling out to their families, and how both direct and indirect beneficiaries are sustainably growing stronger and more resilient.

The full report can be found at the top of this page.

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