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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.



Using our services here is free of charge if you are not in work and are residents of Cambridgeshire. If working, we encourage you to make a small donation to our work, so we can ensure we can support as many people as possible. There is a donate button at the top of each page, thank you.


Online training sessions  

Please find below our current sessions. All are run informally and friendly, with our lovely facilitators. You can attend all sessions or just individual ones. Sessions are repeated each month, as funding allows, so you can always spread out your attendance. You can refresh and attend sessions repeatedly as a reminder.


To find out a bit more about the sessions and how we run them, do check out this short video here


To apply, select all the sessions below that you wish to attend before clicking on the APPLY NOW button at the end.

5 Steps to Confidence - In Person - Cambridge

08 September 2022 / 10.00am to 11.30am

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 - Online

14 September 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. This session deals with the muscle mass loss crisis and how to prevent it. Resistance bands or small weights would be required for this session. 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. Join every month to receive the greatest benefit from these sessions.

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Understanding Ourselves - Online

16 September 2022 / 10.00am to 11.30am

Discover the core values that drive you, learn how to develop positive beliefs and release any negative ones, and identify your emotional needs and healthy ways to meet them daily, with Susie a qualified coach. An informal and friendly session.

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Moving Forward with Confidence - Online

22 September 2022 / 10.00am to 11.30am

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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Is imposter syndrome a mindset? - Online

26 September 2022 / 10.00am to 12.00pm

Is imposter syndrome a mindset? What if it is and we can conquer it by changing our mindset? What if our feelings of anxiety or the damage caused to our self-esteem because of imposter syndrome can ease… or even end! An exploration of what we experience and what we can do, with Vikki Pratley

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Foundation for Happiness - Online

29 September 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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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 Sessions

Anna, our Community Engagement Coach, offers follow on sessions including fortnightly Mindfulness, 1:1 individual guidance, 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 as you move forward.


"I remember very clearly when I first walked into 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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