Putting people back in control
Our vision is to put people back in control of their lives and contribute to a society that realises it’s potential and is flourishing.
Only 21% of the UK population thinks Britain will be a better place to live by 2030
[Populus Survey November 2018]
Why are we doing this?
If we are to prosper and thrive in a changing society and in an increasingly interconnected and competitive world, both our mental and material resources will be vital. Encouraging and enabling everyone to realise their potential throughout their lives will be crucial for our future prosperity and wellbeing.
How are we doing this?
We have developed a non-clinical methodology that equips adults with a strong sense of self, of purpose, the means to set their own course and ultimately increase mental capital.
What are we doing?
Our 8-week peer supported experience looks to challenge and explore the neutral or sometimes negative situational cycle of everyday life. This builds our capacity to master our life skills, both emotional and cognitive, better preparing us to face the choices and challenges of life.
We focus on:
Resilience - capacity to bounce back from adversity
Efficacy – beliefs about capabilities to produce effects
Hope – cognitive process which motivates us to find willpower and waypower
Optimism – making positive attribution about succeeding now and in the future
How does it work?
You will be working with an experienced Tasting Colours peer, to guide you through the process, which is split into 3 stages:
Taking stock – look at where you are now
Telling your story – how did you get to where you are
Taking control – moving towards change
What can you expect?
A greater sense of self – what’s important to you, your values
An increased sense of control – what needs to be done and awareness of your capability
An increased sense of wellbeing – ability to develop potential, work productively and creatively, build stronger, more positive relationships with others and contribute to society more fully
Results so far
100% of participants have seen
Increased sense of wellbeing, purpose in life and control
Increased community conscience/contribution
Increased engagement at work
How can I get involved?
We are building a standard of evidence to evaluate the impact of our work to enable us to create positive social change from the ground up.
With Public Health we have co-designed a scientific evaluation framework and are looking for support from organisations and individuals to put 100 people through the process to ensure a robust data sample. The final results will be a published paper and validated data, this will enable Tasting Colours to scale with evidence.
Life gets busy and before you know it you are a playing many different roles – in my case: mother, wife, friend, daughter, sister, boss, employee, very average runner and more to varying degrees.
As you get older the more you accrue – like scout badges, sewn onto my jumper! I felt myself getting heavier with the responsibility to be good at all of them, all of the time...
Before embarking on Tasting Colours, I sometimes felt like I was going through the motions of life, plodding, not really in control or participating as much as I wanted to. I have a lot of demands on time with a nearly full-time job and being a single parent of two primary school aged children, with the best will in the world this does not leave much time for personal development and sometimes it can seem so onerous that you constantly put it off...
It was actually a very difficult time for me and my life has changed quite unexpectedly resulting in a lot of uncertainty and fear.
Tasting Colours has allowed me, with the guidance of my peer, time to consider experiences in my life which have been formative, some have been embraced and some, significantly, had been forgotten...