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Confidence for change course

Current Services

Since March 2020, we have moved all our support online and anticipate this will be the situation for the foreseable future.


Prior to COVID, we offered Confidence for Change, our unique four-day course based on the coaching model of learning and development, which is different from therapeutic approaches or counselling. The course focused on building self-confidence and strengthening self-belief at a fundamental level, enabling people to make productive changes in their lives. This includes getting closer to work, volunteering and managing anxiety and mental health. 


We are now running short bitesized sessions online each month, capturing the principles and content of Confidence for Change, so the benefits of the course are still realised but in a different format. 



Accessing our support is free of charge to those not in work and residents of Cambridgeshire. If working, we will ask you to make a donation to our work, so that we can ensure we can support as many people as possible.


Online training sessions  

Please find below our current sessions. All are interactive and informal. You can attend all sessions or just individual ones. However, we do recommend that you try and attend Part 1 to 3 as a group, to get the most out of them, but it is not essential. All sessions are repeated each month, as funding allows, so you can spread out attendance.


Select all the sessions you wish to attend before clicking on the APPLY NOW button at the end.

Part 1 - 5 Steps to Confidence

04 February 2022 / 9.30am to 11.00am

An informative and positive session with Susie a qualified coach. This session looks at 5 key areas of positive mental wellbeing with simple tools to help boost your confidence and self-esteem. An informal and friendly session.

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Self Care & Wellbeing

09 February 2022 / 10.30am to 12.00pm

Manage anxiety with gentle & accessible breathing, stretches, self-massage techniques, plus more to improve your health & happiness, with Fay. Suitable for all mobilities or if struggling with pain. Fay learned to manage her own physical and mental health and as a qualified instructor for yoga and Pilates she shares accessible ideas in a gentle and friendly group.

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Part 2 - Values and Beliefs

11 February 2022 / 9.30am to 11.00am

Learn how to identify your core values, how to develop positive beliefs and let go of any that are holding you back, with Susie a qualified coach. An informal and friendly session.

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Part 3 - Moving Forward

25 February 2022 / 9.30am to 11.00am

An empowering session on meeting emotional needs, setting healthy boundaries and how to develop healthy habits to help you move forward towards positive change, with Susie a qualified coach. An informal and friendly session.

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Foundation for Happiness

28 February 2022 / 12.00pm - 1.45pm

Managing anxiety by exploring happiness, with Jeremy. Together you will focus on what drives happiness, such as resilience, values & gratitude. Jeremy is an experienced wellbeing trainer and coach. His sessions are run informally, in a relaxed way and in line with his welcoming style.

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All sessions above are free of charge and gratefully funded by National Lottery, MIND, Lloyds Foundation and CCF Coronavirus funding, Living Sport and Sports Council.



One to one coaching delivered by one of our qualified coaches. We offer limited coaching sessions online using Zoom. If this interests you please complete the form here stating that you are interested in the coaching. Currently, due to demand we only have a small number of sessions available and each case is assessed for suitability.


Signposting and Community Meetings

Anna, our Community Engagement Coach, offers individual guidance, 1:1 coaching, signposting and exploring local services supporting the beneficiary journey.  This is an online service using Zoom or phone, to book a meeting with Anna please complete the form here, stating what you are interested in exploring out at as you move forward.


"I remember very clearly when I first walked in to Illuminate's pilot course 14 years ago, I was terrified and very nearly didn't make it! At the time I was lacking in confidence, with low self-esteem and life-limiting anxiety, as I reflect upon my Illuminate journey -  an important realisation at that time for me was 'I am not alone'. Not alone in my lack of confidence or anxieties, it really was a revelation and a relief! So much so, realising the value of 'life-coaching' to support mental fitness, I qualified as a life coach in 2014 whilst working on a criminal justice women's project.

As a beneficiary myself, and in my role as Community Coach, I celebrate the courage and resilience that develops when we connect with our beneficiaries through 1:1 and group sessions. Conversations and connection with one another, focused on our beneficiaries circumstances, goals and aspirations, supports personal growth and development. It is a journey we travel together, empowering beneficiaries to find the confidence they need to move forward positively in their lives. Illuminate literally changed my life, and I am passionate about sharing the opportunities and possibilities with our beneficiaries who are at the heart of all we do."

Anna Gilchrist, Community Engagement Coach 



*Winners of the Cambridge Community & Education Awards*


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