Work­shops stress em­brac­ing change

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABADIA

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.

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