I'm Jan and this is what I do. I'm a person - and a trainer - who loves people! I love being part of Positive Futures and I love running courses to enable and support people to increase their confidence and self-esteem, and to see people move forward in their lives! Amongst many courses, I run a course called Looking Forward to the Future. I never tire of it - every course is different depending on the group. I get really excited by people's successes and I love the start of every new course. I love working with Jill, my friend and partner in Positive Futures North West. I love all our volunteers, all of whom
have been helped in some way by Positive Futures North West, and I love the classes they run for others. I love turning negatives into positives - ask anyone! I love getting up in the morning. I just love life!
I worked in recruitment for 15 years and - you guessed it - I loved it! I then trained as a teacher and worked at The Adult College in Lancaster until Christmas 2011. I was responsible for Employment Courses and this was when I realised that in order to gain employment, you need confidence. I devised a personal development programme, and my love of this side of it, led me to start Positive Futures North West in January 2012.
When I'm not working, I love swimming in cold rivers and lakes, cooking and baking, watching telly with my six foot - and still growing - son, looking after my many elderly relatives all of whom are wonderful, and I do love sleeping!
Come and visit. I am never too busy to chat and I would love to meet you.
p.s. I do not love dogs - they make me sneeze and wheeze!
Hi - my name is Jill Brown. I am a founding member of the team at Positive Futures. I live outside Lancaster with my husband, two dogs, a ginger cat and sometimes a pet lamb or an orphaned hedgehog! We have two grown up children who now live away from home.
When I am not at work I enjoy rambling up hills and mountains with Meg and molly, cycling, curling up on the settee with a coffee and a good book and spending quality time with Moira my cow! But I think my most favourite thing is spending time with family and friends - chatting and laughing.
I have worked in the field of mental health and mental well-being for about 15 years and have learned most of what I know from the students, learners, clients - ordinary people - I have worked with. I love what I do, and I love to see people move on into whatever it is that they want for themselves.
I am very excited to have started this new company with my friend and colleague, Jan Gomez, and I look forward to developing Positive Futures and continuing to meet and support lots of new people, so please give me a call soon.
Looking forward to 2018 Watch this space!!
Hi im Janet, I have been with Positive Futures for around 4 years. Firstly attending training courses then as a volunteer and now as a trainer. The fun courses have been great and I particularly enjoyed Nordic walking. My guilty pleasure is strictly come dancing, I love to wear a tiara on a Saturday evening! For me, Positive Futures does exactly what it says on the tin.
My name is Sean Binning and I am very proud to be involved with Positive Futures. Two years ago, after being very ill with anxiety, my GP suggested that I attended the course Looking Forward to the Future, run by Jan Gomez. It’s no exaggeration to say that it changed my life. The course gave me the skills to begin to manage my anxiety and, by the end, I felt that I was well enough to start thinking about giving something back. My career was in teaching and I asked Jan how she’d feel about me running a Basic Skills English course. We agreed to try 10 sessions. My colleague Paul and I have done 80 sessions now and we’re still going strong! Every Monday morning, remarkable people come to talk about poetry, write their own poems and stories, improve their grammar and read together. The volunteers who come along to help are very special people too and when we’re all together - magic happens!
Jan and I thought that we could build on this by starting a Bibliotherapy group. It’s called Reading for Healing. We meet in Morecambe Library every Thursday afternoon and share a novel together. So far we’ve read Silas Marner by George Eliot and Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens. It’s an opportunity to discuss our own problems through events and characters in the novel. Since the group began I’ve had the privilege of seeing people grow in confidence, be able to talk about personal events and traumas so hurtful that they’ve often not been able to share them before, and simply have a really good time.
Recently, I’ve come full circle and begun teaching Looking Forward to the Future – the course that taught me so much. I still suffer from anxiety, but I’m far better at managing it now and it doesn’t rule my life.
My name is Alex Dargue, and I have volunteered with Positive Futures for about six months. Before that I came to a Looking Forward to The Future course to work towards strategies to cope with my depression and anxiety, which I have lived with for four years. The skills I learnt on that course and in my volunteering work have revolutionized my life. I have also met some wonderful friends, who have kept me positive, and made me feel valued and wanted. I volunteer in our Positive Literacy class, occasionally help out at our Lancaster Tittle Tattle and generally help out within the centre, and am always happy to have a chat. Outside Positive Futures, I am an avid historian, bookworm and writer. I am also rather good with technology, especially computers, so have become part of Positive Futures tech support team! I look forward to meeting new people who come to us; don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions, we are a very friendly bunch…
Hi my name is Diana Shaw. I am a volunteer for Positive Futures. I first started coming to PF in 2015 for support for my anxiety. I have met some fantastic friends and am given lots of support. I have attended some of the courses PF have to offer and these have helped me significantly. I also attend tittle tattle in Morecambe, I am the volunteer along with another lady at this group. Im also training to become a mentor. So that I can support others that need it.
I volunteer at positive futures and thoroughly enjoy it. I originally came here for help and support during a very difficult time in my life. I was struggling to cope.
Positive futures and their amazing people have supported me through everything and built me back up, allowing me to regain my confidence. I love being part of this wonderful team and being able to support people who come here feeling like I used to.
I meet and greet new people, make brew and chat, help them to feel comfortable and explain about our courses.
Hope to meet you soon.
Hi I’m Ria and I’m a volunteer at positive futures. I attended initially to help with my anxiety and confidence(which it definitely has).Having been supported and now feeling so much more confident I want to support others who might feel how I used to. Now you can’t keep me away. I’m part of a great team. My role is to meet and greet any new faces. I make the odd brew, and try to keep people up to date with upcoming courses and also do some mentoring, and am always on hand with tissues and a hug if needed.
I look forward to meeting you.
Hi I’m Jean I am a volunteer at positive futures. I like helping people and am very welcoming. I like meeting and greeting people. I also help to run some of the social groups like singing and tittle tattle.
I am a very positive person and look forward to meeting you.
Hi I'm Jason the resident Techie when it comes to anything electrical I tend to be the go to person, and if I can't find the answer I'll be able to figure it all out in no time at all to get the problem solved. I started volunteering for Positive futures in March 2017 and since then my confidence has grown and grown.
All are welcome into positive futures and we try and make it an open and welcoming environment for all.
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