Why we need to be mindful – it’s our parental responsibilty.

I’ve always lived for the moment – as a teenager, then as a student at university and during my days as a travelling teacher.  My dad would say to me, “Caroline, Life’s not one big party!” but I always lived like it was, that was until I had responsibility. I was well into my thirties, a marriage, a mortgage and Read More

Mindfulness Research Evidence

There is growing research evidence, which clearly identifies the benefits of practising mindfulness in a wide range of people – both children and adults. Mindfulness has shown to help with anxiety, depression and pain and to be as effective in reducing recurrence of depression as anti-depressants. MRI scans show that after an eight-week mindfulness course there are changes in the Read More

Health and Social Care – MindfulnessTraining Event – Manchester

Every year colleagues from the Manchester Catholic Education Partnership (MANCEP) meet in curriculum groups for training and networking.  This year the Health and Social Care Department at Loreto Sixth Form College invited Health and Social Care teachers from Xaverian Sixth Form College to attend a Mindfulness Training event at their college campus in Hulme, Manchester. We had a full morning Read More

SAGE Staff Wellbeing

The global company SAGE is at the forefront when looking after their staff wellbeing.  They recently held a company wellbeing week, of which we were pleased to be a part of at their Salford Quays office. We provided a one-hour lunchtime mindfulness session to a team of Technical Advisors, Team Managers and Site Managers.  None of them had participated in Read More

Workplace Healthcare

We had the pleasure of delivering mindfulness as part of a Health and Wellbeing Day organised by Workplace Healthcare.  We were greeted and made to feel welcome by the very friendly staff who had been treated to a variety of well-being activities, including massage.  Some arrived at our session already feeling relaxed. The previous experience of the staff was mixed; Read More

Two Wonderful Mindfulness Days

We spent two wonderful days at Gorse Hill Primary School delivering mindfulness to children, parents, and staff. We began each session by introducing ‘Stepping out of Autopilot’ and looking at something with a ‘Beginner’s Mind’. We wrapped Maltesers in foil and asked the children to examine this object very closely before allowing them to eat it. We asked them to Read More

Teacher Wellbeing Day

We had the pleasure of introducing mindfulness to the amazing staff at Green Fold Special School, Farnworth, Bolton as part of their Health and Wellbeing Day. The staff had no idea that they would be scrutinising a raisin that morning but that’s exactly what they did as we talked about stepping out of autopilot. We live so much of our Read More

Emotional Friendly Schools 3rd Annual Conference

Staff wellbeing was this year’s focus at the Emotional Friendly Schools Conference and was very well attended.  A big thank you to Hannah Cartmell and Anna Serjeant for organising this excellent event. The key-note speaker Professor Neil Humphrey began the day with some alarming statistics around the poor mental health and wellbeing of teachers. To demonstrate the opinions of the delegates around Read More

Why Schools are Turning to Mindfulness

We cannot ignore that today’s children are growing up in a fast moving, competitive and technologically complex world.  It is becoming increasingly difficult for children to avoid scrutiny and to switch off. Schools are under increasing pressure to perform to standards and this pressure is pushed downwards onto the children who feel it necessary to ‘succeed’ to a set standard. Read More