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Press Release 2 : Ambassador Programme Gets Underway!


One of the programme members takes the helm!

One of the programme members takes the helm!

Hot on the heels of the recent launch of Focus on Family’s exciting heritage project “1613 And All That! ~ An Exploration Of The Plantation Of Coleraine”, the first strand of this Heritage Lottery funded project is now well underway.

On Monday 22nd April, project members began an innovative learning programme which, over the life of the heritage project, will help participants to :

1. Develop a real sense of pride in Coleraine and its heritage.

2. Develop competency in facilitating both local heritage tours and information sessions.

3. Increase levels of self-awareness.
4. Support the development of relationship- management skills.
5. Build self-confidence.

6. Develop communication and presentation skills.
7. Build basic coaching skills.

Aptly called “The Ambassador Programme”, this course is designed to help participants to get the most out of the wider heritage project.

Whilst project members build a growing sense of pride in Coleraine through connecting to their heritage – and to themselves – in new ways, it is also clear that Coleraine can be proud of its people and communities who, through projects like this, keep the vibrant, ongoing story of Coleraine alive and kicking.

“The learning programme is helping me to learn more about who I am and I’m feeling really upbeat about the rest of the project. It’s giving a whole new meaning to the word “home” for me,” said Sally Cupples, project member.

Elaine Millican, another project member, added “The Ambassador Programme is not only giving me the skills to get the most out of the heritage project, it’s also giving me the skills and support to deal with issues from my own past. The group is open and welcoming : the project team is already gelling really well.”

For more information about the project – or to get involved – visit www.1613andallthat.wordpress.com or email Jane here sixteenthirteenandallthat@hotmail.co.uk or call Jane here 028 7032 9550


Ambassador Programme Launching Soon!


It's Going To Be An Incredible Journey!

It’s Going To Be An Incredible Journey!

Monday 22nd April sees the launch of our project’s exciting ” Coleraine Ambassador Programme“. This inspiring 6-day programme is open to all our project members and is all about developing skills to help the project achieve its outcomes – and specifically to develop confidence and knowledge to lead local heritage trails.

Part One : Foundation Programme (4 days)

If you’re registered on the programme, during the foundation programme you’ll get to:

1.Understand yourself and others better.

2. Build and manage relationships in a skilful and sensitive way.

3. Build confidence.

4. Develop communication and presentation skills.

5. Manage your emotions effectively.

6. Build basic coaching skills that you can use to help and support others.

7. Really enjoy learning about heritage, history and life!

Training for the Foundation Programme will be on a Monday at Focus On Family, 9.30 – 4.30pm on the following dates :

Monday 22nd April

Monday 29th April

Monday 3rd June

Monday 17th June

Part 2 : Learning To Lead Heritage Tours (2 days)

To build tour-guiding skills, you will have the opportunity to:

1. Be a  “customer” on a guided tour (so you can watch another guide at work)
2. Be coached through designated tours.This segment of the training is the equivalent of a full dress-rehearsal.

This element of the  training will take place over the months of November and December , with you being ready to lead tours at the end of 2013 / beginning of 2014.


The initial 4-day programme meets the training requirements of the ABNLP (American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming) at Diploma level (4 days) and will also be accredited by the IACTM (International Association Of Coaches, Therapists and Mentors).

Upon successful completion of the initial 4-day programme, you will be eligible for the following certifications :

1.       Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (ABNLP)

2.       Community Coach (Foundation Level) (IACTM)

The possibility of certification as a “Coleraine Ambassador” upon successful completion of the final 2 days is currently being explored with Coleraine Borough Council. In order to be eligible for this award, you will need to have completed the full 4+2 days.

We’ll keep you posted with all learning programme news here : so keep ’em peeled!