For partners of people serving in the RAF, there can be several challenges from dealing with deployments and frequent moves to paying for childcare and planning for the future.
Through research we have carried out, we're aware that the most significant barriers to partners moving forward are not a lack of experience or qualifications, or writing CVs or interview skills, but identifying what they want to achieve and the routes to do this.
Our programme, Thrive, aims to help partners overcome these barriers and aims to also:
- increase the employability of partners who are looking for paid employment
- further the skills of partners who are already resourceful
- explore alternatives to paid employment
- improve overall wellbeing and emotional resilience
- reduce social isolation
We will be running Thrive workshops across the RAF through the use of online platforms and these will be led by qualified coaches who themselves have served or are partners of the serving RAF. To register your interest and stay up to date on future dates and courses, simply fill in our online form.
The workshops, depending on each of their main focus, will involve the following::
- What holds you back – identifying self-limiting beliefs and identifying ways to overcome them.
- Wellbeing – involving a holistic approach covering physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, occupational and social wellbeing.
- Resilience – focusing on your ability to maintain mental health and wellbeing when faced with adversity. The ability to remain effective at home and work. The workshop will address four key areas – awareness, thinking, reaching out and fitness.
- Values, skills and strengths – involving exercises particularly aimed at those seeking to return to work or move jobs. It will explore and identify values to enable participants to better 'fit into' companies, recognising your key skills and how to describe them in a transferrable way and looking at your strengths focusing on positive outlooks.
- Hot seating – where you will have a turn at being in the 'hot seat' and describe your particular focus or goal. Not only does this provide many different ways for you to move forward, this could be a good way in helping you to decide if you would like to go to receive further coaching or possibly specialist training.
Sign up to Thrive
Below you will find a list of all Thrive Online Workshops currently available for booking. As there is limited availability of 10 attendants per workshop, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as you can, to guarantee your space is reserved.
This workshop looks at confidence and self-esteem and encourages you to think about the positive things in your life and not the negative. There is a particular focus on mindsets, where they come from and how to change them. We look at shame & vulnerability and how we shame others. We also look at conscious and self-conscious decisions in us, which come from people of authority from our childhoods. All of this is done through exercises, discussions and the group working together. The workshop is split over four weekly sessions on consecutive Wednesdays starting at 7pm and lasting 90 minutes. The dates are as follows:
- From 12 May until 2 June.
This workshop involves taking a look at your own thoughts and is designed to increase your self-awareness to help relationships in your professional and personal lives. Have you explored yourself after a conversation or an interaction with a peer or work colleague/manager? This is a very useful skill to have to really understand yourself and what thoughts go through your mind in a conversation. For example, do you ever sit and think what you didn't say and why and what you felt the other didn't say and why? What was holding both of you back in a conversation? What was not being said and why? Self-exploration is a skill that can be trained to build your self-awareness. The workshop is split over four weekly sessions on consecutive Thursdays starting at 10am and lasting 90 minutes. The dates are as follows:
- From 1 July until 22 July.
The workshops are free to attend.
If you would like more information about our Thrive programme, please contact Lauren Cooper, Welfare Programmes Coordinator on 020 7307 3337 or email Lauren.Cooper@rafbf.org.uk.