AMH New Horizons Belfast, like all the charity’s services based around Northern Ireland, provides educational and vocational training alongside a host of therapeutic pursuits – even in our new, post-Covid normal. Here, two clients praise the diverse range of activities on offer, in nurturing both their future employment prospects and overall sense of well-being.
Recently blended learning has been the approach taken at New Horizons. Blended learning is a style of education in which clients (students) learn via electronic and online media (zoom) as well as traditional face-to-face teaching. I am currently participating in online zoom sessions (clag and writing class) with a tutor from New Horizons and other clients. I then attend a 2 hour ‘in-service’ class of ECDL which is a computer qualification. I travel into the Belfast New Horizons and receive tuition alongside a small number of students. There is a limited amount of people in the building due to covid restrictions and regulations. Personally, I feel very secure and safe in such an environment and there are cleaning stations throughout the building and access to bottled water and restrooms. Though we are all living in restricted times, the balance of blended learning has really benefited me and many across the service. Aodhan
I enjoy choir practice because it is fun and easy on the soul. Singing for me releases endorphins in the body and the brain and serotonin levels become a lot higher, which in turn help one’s mood to become much lighter, at ease and happier. This class would instantly de-stress mood levels and help to relax the body. We are an informal group in our class. It is laid back, just us singing songs each week, mainly from musicals. The class is all about having fun, being happy and mainly uber relaxed. I would highly recommend clients consider joining us to help with their journey into wellness and helping their wellbeing. Karen
AMH New Horizons activities are operated through the “Working it Out” project, which is part-funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020, the Department for the Economy and the five NI Health & Social Care Trusts.