Workshops stress embracing change
Ngozi Penson knows how hard it can be to settle in a new place.
After moving to Melbourne a few years ago she struggled to adjust.
But when she put her mind to overcoming the sense of isolation, the results were empowering.
Since returning to Auckland, the 47-year-old has trained as a personal development coach and is keen to share her knowledge.
Penson is leading a series of group workshops called Embracing Change.
‘‘Change is inevitable,’’ she says.
‘‘We can’t stop it, but it’s also the thing people resist the most.
‘‘The workshops are about helping people to look at change as an opportunity to do something exciting and new.’’
Part of that process is teaching people how to identify and get the most out of the skills they already have.
Nigerian-born Penson and her husband had lived in the Middle East and Auckland before moving to Melbourne.
‘‘I felt like I wanted to connect with people, but I didn’t know anyone.
‘‘After all the frustration I decided I would change the way I felt about being there.’’
She started volunteering for Australian Red Cross and met a lot of new people. Six months later she was offered the role of store manager.
‘‘I found myself in this natural position where I was coaching and mentoring the volunteers, who were also experiencing change in different parts of their lives.’’
The four sessions cost $40 and are being subsidised by Auckland Regional Migrants Services.
They take place every Monday in April from 11am till 12.30pm at Pioneer Women’s and Ellen Melville Hall in Freyberg Place.