2 OPTIONS JANUARY/APRIL 2011
Talk to us, we won&#x2019;t tell anyone what you say
WHEN you phone, email or meet a Samaritan volunteer, what ever you say goes no further.
If you are facing a
problem and you don&#x2019;t have anyone to talk to, consider phoning. You might find that it helps.
Problems and issues can take you by surprise,
if you are young it might mean that you are facing something for the first time. A problem might weigh much more heavily on your mind.
Problems can be awkward to talk about, family problems such as divorce, abuse or alcoholism, embarrassing things like sexually transmitted diseases, and things which may split the group of friends, betrayals and relationship breakdowns.
If you have something on your
mind who can you talk to? You can pick the phone up and speak to us.
Who are the Samaritans? Samaritans are unpaid volunteers who hope to help others by giving people time to talk through any problem or issue. Many people automatically connect
Samaritans with &#x2018;help for people who are suicidal&#x2019; and whilst this connection is sometimes the right one its also important to understand that we hope to do so much more by offering our round the clock listening service to everyone who has a problem that they would like to talk about.
Our local branch is in Torquay, at 21 Warren
Road. Director of the Torquay branch is Carol who says: &#x2018;We are always trying to make sure that its clear to young people that the Samaritans offer support to them as much if not more than older people. Young people have issues and problems and some don&#x2019;t feel they have anyone to turn to who will listen and won&#x2019;t judge them in some way,&#x2019; adding &#x2018;we don&#x2019;t tell anyone anything, you don&#x2019;t even have to tell us your name.&#x2019;
You might feel that you want to help others and
volunteer, it&#x2019;s easy to find out more. Do you need any special training or
background? the answer is NO. Carol adds:
&#x2018;Many people think you have to be special to be a Samaritan, you don&#x2019;t really, We don&#x2019;t look for
HELP OTHERS TALK IT THROUGH
IF you think you could listen to other people and in so doing offer them real support find out more about volunteering. It&#x2019;s simple to find out more, contact Samaritans of South Devon for an informal chat about what its like to volunteer and the dates we welcome new people. You might also find www.samaritans.org/support_samaritans/volunteer
Do you need any special training or background? the answer is a definite no.
Torquay Director Carol explains &#x2019;Many people think you have to be special to be a Samaritan, you don&#x2019;t really, We don&#x2019;t look for volunteers of a particular type or age, we are all ordinary people who come from a wide range of backgrounds. The one thing we have in common is the wish to help people in need by lending an ear and give a little time for them to talk&#x2019;.
You ask anyone in our friendly branch says Carol &#x2018;being a Samaritan can be
challenging but its also very rewarding. If you are reading this and can spare some time each week please think of helping us help others&#x2019;. Please phone or write to the Recruitment Secretary, Samaritans of South Devon, 21 Warren Road, Torquay, TQ2 5TQ or phone 01803 299999.
Dawlish and Teignmouth Academy of Dance
THE Dawlish and Teignmouth Academy of Dance offers a wide range of dancing to anyone, as a hobby or with a view to a career.
Classes are held in ballet, modern tap, musical theatre, drama and jazz with the option to take exams and take part in the annual show. Other classes this term include: Pre-school dance, new musical theatre and drama, toddlers and mums. Some children audition for professional shows and recently students have taken part in the Torquay pantomime and the Babbacombe summer season.
volunteers of a particular type or age, we are all ordinary people who come from a wide range of backgrounds. The one thing we have in common is the wish to help people in need by lending an ear and give a little time for them to talk.&#x2019;
The Torquay branch is open and helping people seven days a week, 24 hours each day.
team effort to make sure that if someone needs help we are here for them,&#x2019; says Carol. &#x2018;If you do want to find out more just call us, we would love to hear from you.&#x2019; Every few months the Torquay branch welcomes a new group of volunteers so recruitment is always ongoing.
&#x2018;You ask anyone in our friendly branch,&#x2019; says Carol. &#x2018;Being a Samaritan volunteer can be challenging but its also very rewarding. If you are reading this and can spare some time each week please think of helping us help others.&#x2019;
Please phone or write to the Recruitment Secretary, Samaritans of South Devon, 21 Warren Road, Torquay TQ2 5TQ or phone 01803 299999.
International Budo Fellowship
AIKIDO and Atemi Jutsu are non-aggressive arts that redirect an attacker&#x2019;s energy against them and as such are suitable for both men and women. Aikido is a very technical art that can take time to master, techniques look deceptively simple but are, in fact, devastatingly effective.
Atemi Jutsu is a more reality based art that can
show immediate results, drawing on a mixture of Aikido / Karate / Judo and Jiu Jitsu moves. Most of our members choose to study both arts as they compliment each other very well.
Sensei Jason says: &#x2018;We hold no fights or
matches and our members tend to be ordinary people who want to exercise but also want to learn how to defend themselves effectively.
&#x2018;I welcome anyone to come and join us but I do know how difficult it is to walk into a new place; please be assured you will be made very welcome.&#x2019;
Classes are held every Wednesday and Friday
evening between 6-9pm at the Scout Hut (next to Otter Nurseries) on the Babbacombe Roadd in Babbacombe, Torquay. Please see our website for full details of the times and classes.
& Self Defence Classes Scout Hut, TQ1 3TA Babbacombe, Torquay
Adult classes, Wednesday & Friday evenings 6-9pm. 01803 327866 07732 344192 Sensei Jason 4th Dan Aikido & 4th Dan Atemi Jutsu
START THE NEW YEAR WITH YOGA
OFTEN the beginning of a new year is an opportunity to make some positive changes. One of the best ways to achieve this is to take up a new activity or resolve to get fitter and feel better.
Enrolling in a course of Yoga classes is a great way to start 2011.
Now very popular in the West, Yoga originated in India and the word Yoga is the Sansrik for yoke or union. The centre of the practice is the idea that we work towards harmony and wholeness within ourselves, not seeing body and mind as separate. Yoga provides a series of postures (asanas) and breathing practices ( pranyamas) which over time build strength, suppleness, balance and improve posture and stamina. There are often
YOGA with Jan in
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday am Monday and
ACADEMY OF DANCE Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Drama
Annual Show &#x2022; Sunday 20th March MUSICAL THEATRE, DRAMA, TODDLERS & MUM&#x2019;S CLASS FROM 18 MONTHS
For details Tel. Louise Knapman (01803) 557545 Linked with Totnes School Of Dance
Children may also take part in local dance festivals. Beginners Tap and Modern for boys and girls from four-year-olds.
Principal of the school, Louise Knapman, trained at
the Royal Academy of Dance in London where she gained her Licentiate, one of the highest teaching qualifications of the Royal Academy of Dance, which is the largest examining and training body for classical ballet in the world. For details of the above classes and classes for the
Totnes School of Dance phone Louise on 01803 557545.
KINGSTEIGNTON Tuesday evening HOLCOMBE
Thursday evening Spring term starts
Tuesday 4th January For more info or to enrol
01626 895128 www.janwalpole.co.uk/yoga
more subtle benefits to regular Yoga practice too; improved energy levels, better sleep and being better able to deal with stressful situations.
Attending a class regularly with a qualified
teacher helps with motivation and is also a way of meeting new people. Jan Walpole (DSY) is offering a range of classes in Dawlish, Holcombe and Kingsteignton this Spring Term. There is also a half day Yoga workshop which gives the opportunity to explore the practice in more depth.
The sessions are suitable for men and women of most levels of fitness. You can look at the timetable online at www.janwalpole.co.uk
. Jan is also available for one to one lessons
or workplace Yoga for groups of co-workers.
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