Tutor (Floristry, Cooking & Wellbeing)
Julie came to Creative Options in the Autumn of 2014, seeking potential voluntary opportunities to help herself with her own depression.
Julie desired the opportunity to use her skills in floristry; a skill in which she is trained in. She now offers a monthly floristry class with us. It has been very successful and it is incredibly popular. Julie is also formerly trained as an adult education tutor, delivering courses in aromatherapy and massage, and these skills have been key in setting up our regular 'Wellbeing Wednesdays' every month.
Julie enjoys cooking in company and has taken over as tutor of the monthly meal cookery and cake-baking class; she is now one of our regular tutors.
Through Julie's volunteer work elsewhere with the 'Sailability' Group in Totton, she has enabled a number of our Creative Options members to go sailing, which has been thoroughly enjoyed by many. We hope to make this a weekly part of our programme from March until September 2017.
Being involved in Creative Options has given Julie a new focus, helped with her ongoing mental health issues and improved her confidence and self-esteem. It has enabled her to put her many skills to good use.
Julie is looking to help run a monthly 'Healthy Lifestyle' club as part of the hub activities on a Wednesday, exploring aspects of a balanced lifestyle and the relationship between food and mood.