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Agency for Life LTD

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At AGENCY for LIFE we believe that the concept of well-being comprises two main elements: feeling good and functioning well. Feelings of happiness, contentment, enjoyment, curiosity meaning and engagement are characteristic of someone who has a positive experience of their life. Equally important for well-being is our functioning in the world and acceptance of who we are. Experiencing positive relationships, having some control over one’s life and having a sense of purpose are all-important attributes of well being.

What AGENCY for LIFE can offer
AfL is an association of individuals that have expertise in working together to deliver creative and engaging training, coaching, mentoring and interventions in wellbeing, positive psychology, lifestyle and career counseling. We work across different sectors including communities, individuals, statutory, voluntary organizations and corporations and with partnerships. Our clients include: Unilever, London Mayor’s Office, Department of Health, Tate Modern, Marie Curie, HLM Architects, Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital, University of the Arts London, UCLH, Big Lottery, Arts Council, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, borough councils.

To AfL, ‘participation’ is the means through which the agency of people is promoted. It means the ability to make intrinsically motivated decisions and crucially to be a part of the solution. It goes beyond people coming up with a wish list for others to do; we work in ways that offer people a genuine opportunity to be a part of improving their lives.

From the breadth of organizations and individuals we have worked with we have developed considerable techniques and specialist cultural competence. We are aware of working with appropriate methods, consideration and exclusivity for a wide variety of people; indeed our whole system approach works to reinforces this. Differences in race, culture, class, age, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental health and wellbeing, gender and disability all require sensitivity, knowledge and experience in cultural competency. We have developed creative tools, methodologies and systems to address cultural and language barriers. 

The interventions and coaching will be informed by evidence based literature and our experience. Account will be taken of specific processes that are shown to have benefits to wellbeing and health outcomes. We will identify specific interventions, how best they will work with and for the individuals in the cohorts

Examples might include promoting motivation, goals and self-determination as a potential method to improve leisure satisfaction, through creative activity: In this example it would be crucial that not just any arbitrary goal is successfully pursued or attained, but whether basic psychological needs are met through the project basic needs- autonomy, competence, relatedness, physical thriving, security, self- esteem, pleasure stimulation, Participants must feel an intrinsic need to participate in order to achieve the most benefit, so the activity provide must be excellent in process as well as outcome. Autonomous motivation is associated with better attendance

We help empower people to change through engagement that enables people to connect, or reconnect, with their abilities and potential. This gives a sense of pleasure, achievement, pride and satisfaction, and results in reported improvements in confidence and self esteem. In turn, this has an important effect on peoples’ growing motivation by creating additional interest, purpose and meaning in their lives. For example, learning and focusing on creative activities seems to help individuals relax and improves their concentration. For some this also increases their awareness and perception of both themselves and their surroundings

Our strategies are based on considerable expertise and evidence based research. Numerous studies show that happy individuals are successful across multiple life domains, including marriage, friendship, income, work performance, and health. Happiness–success link exists not only because success makes people happy, but also because positive affect (mood) engenders success. Cross- happiness is associated with and precedes numerous successful outcomes, as well as behaviors paralleling success. Furthermore, the evidence suggests that positive affect (mood)—the hallmark of well-being—may be the cause of many of the desirable characteristics, resources, and successes correlated with happiness. 

  Our Associates:

Belinda Sosinowicz MA

Yasmin Duggan Psych MSC

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