Dementia Friends Information Session – Monday 13th February 2017

FoSJP is pleased to support a campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia.

Pam Robinson, a local Dementia Friends Champion volunteer, ran a FREE “Dementia Friends” Information Session at theParkLife Community Room in St.James’ Park.

The Alzheimer’s Society‘s Dementia Friends programme is the largest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks, and acts about the condition. This Information Session was an opportunity for people to come along and learn more about dementia and the small ways in which they can help – from telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone they know who lives with dementia, every action counts.


Accredited First Aid Course – Wednesday 19th October 2016

In October 2016, FoSJP organised a fully‑accredited one‑day First Aid Course, leading to a 3‑year certificate, at the ParkLife Community Room in St.James’ Park.

Funded and supported by:

Parents’ Emotional First Aid Course – April to May 2016

Between April and May 2016, another Parents’ Emotional First Aid Course was held at the ParkLife Community Room for parents who:

  • Find it hard to switch off and relax
  • Think they’re the only person that finds it difficult
  • Feel it’s hard to cope sometimes

The course started with an Introductory session, followed by a programme of six weekly sessions.


Parents’ Emotional First Aid Course – February to March 2015

Between April and May 2016, another Parents’ Emotional First Aid Course was held at the ParkLife Community Room for parents who:

  • Find it hard to switch off and relax
  • Think they’re the only person that finds it difficult
  • Feel it’s hard to cope sometimes

The course started with an Introductory session, followed by a programme of six weekly sessions.


Parents’ Emotional First Aid Course – April to June 2014

Between April and June 2014, a Parents’ Emotional First Aid Course was held at the ParkLife Community Room for parents who:

  • Find it hard to switch off and relax
  • Think they’re the only person that finds it difficult
  • Feel it’s hard to cope sometimes

The course started with an Introductory session, followed by a programme of six weekly sessions.

Organised by the Coxford & District Youth Project and supported by the Big Lottery Fund.

Feedback from parents who attended this course:

“Self esteem has increased, I am much more positive and able to deal with difficult situations. I have also faced ghosts from the past and now feel free of them.”

“Yes, I did and I’m proud I did this course because I was crying for help, I was feeling weak…but all I can say is that I’m feeling a completely different person, feeling so good in myself.”

“I gained so much more than I expected to gain. The course has given me so much positive tools to use. I really recommend this course to any parent.”

“A great deal of passion to change the way I approach stress, anxiety and anger. A greater understanding that I have the right to say NO. It is also OK to fail.”

“I’m dealing better with situations: not overstretching myself, having the ability to say no with confidence.”


Emergency First Aid at Work Course – Saturday 30th November 2013

In November 2013, the Coxford & District Youth Project organised a one‑day Emergency First Aid at Work course, leading to a Health & Safety Executive First Aid Certificate, at the ParkLife Community Room in St.James’ Park.

Profits from running this course were invested in running youth work sessions in the Park.


Food Safety Training – Wednesdays 6th & 13th March 2013

In March 2013, we organised a two‑day accredited Food Safety Training course, provided by TWICS, at the ParkLife Community Room. The course was FREE for people looking to volunteer in the ParkLife Café at St.James’ Park, and for people looking for café work experience to support their job search.

A total of 14 people attended the course, 10 of them potential FoSJP volunteers.


Craft Workshop – Tuesday 26th February 2013

In February 2013, we organised a free Craft Workshop, provided by the WEA, to provide training for volunteers with an interest in supporting adults to learn new skills in a new Learn 2 Love Learning club that started in April 2013, aimed at supporting learners who may have a specific learning difficulty, be returning to learning after some time, or have recently had a significant life change.

Kate Woodley‑Smith taught nine participants some decoupage techniques in 2 hours that flew by. See our Craft Workshop report for a full illustrated report.

Five people from this course signed up for the Planning meeting on Tuesday 19th March 2013.


Job Workshop – September 2012

In September 2012, FoSJP teamed up with Totton College to organise a FREE job‑related workshop at theParkLife Community Room, with advice on personal skills assessment, where to look for jobs, how to approach interviews, and more.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get enough participants registering an interest for this event to go ahead, so it had to be cancelled.


Food Safety in Catering – April 2012

FoSJP teamed up with TWICS (Training for Work in Communities) to help some of our volunteers achieve a Food Safety in Catering Level 2 accreditation, via a 2‑day course held at Wordsworth Infant School on Mondays 23rd and 30th April.

This course was aimed at volunteers and part‑time staff who cook for the community. We’re very grateful to TWICS for offering us these subsidised spaces; FoSJP paid the remaining fee of £15 for people who could either volunteer in the ParkLife Café or bake a cake for one of our events, such as The Big Event in July 2012.


History‑Related Learning Opportunities – May 2006 Onwards

Many other community learning opportunities have also been delivered by the Shirley Heritage Project – check our: