Lifeskills talks coming to St Michael’s Centre

Photo of the outside of the St Michael's Centre in North Road, Stoke Gifford.

The St Michael’s Centre, located on North Road in Stoke Gifford, has announced that it is to host a series of lifeskills talks aimed at helping the wider community with a variety of topics.

Rob Bakewell, who is a member of St Michael’s Church and is involved with organising the events, has already got four speakers lined up. The first talk, which is to take place on Saturday 1st September at 9am, will be by Rob himself and will be about banking. The talk will be based around what different banks offer, how they make their money and how to keep your money safe. He will also be covering loans, overdrafts, savings and mortgages. Then there will be time for any questions to be answered so people are able to raise their own issues as well.

When discussing the lifeskills talks, Rob said:

“Although these talks are taking place in the St Michael’s Centre, they are aimed at the wider community and we are hoping that they will provide people with the opportunity to discuss important subjects and ask questions which will lead to them gaining an understanding of what to do in their own circumstances. The church’s ethos is that ‘we are living to make a difference by being a Christian heart at the centre of the community. Everyone is welcome.’ By following this ethos, we are reaching out to offer this free service to members inside and outside of the church.”

The lifeskills talks are set to take place every two months on a Saturday morning at 9am. After the banking talk there are plans in place for talks on insurance, jobs, and legal advice. The insurance talk will cover different types of insurance such as house, life and car, including how to find the right insurance for you and how to get the best deal when it’s time to renew. The jobs talk will look at how to write a CV and conduct yourself at an interview and the lawyer will be there to offer advice on a variety of topics. Rob is also hoping to arrange talks on will writing and how to use the internet.

If you have any questions about the lifeskills talks or any requests for future talks, please contact Rob Bakewell at

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 43). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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