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An Offering

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Those nice people at West Leicestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group have enabled us to deliver mindfulness courses around Leicestershire during 2016 and 2017.

Our next journey into mindfulness will be starting on 7.5.17. Is this the right time for you to join us? I recently facilitated a day of mindfulness and here is a recording of one of the practices. You can download and try out the practice if you like.

This 10 week mindfulness course is combined with additional support to form Mindful Mentoring which aims to help people improve their emotional wellbeing, mental health and social functioning. Each course will run every Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 pm over a period of 10 weeks.

It has been a pleasure to work with the people who have joined us for the three courses so far. The next course starts in Hinckley.

There will be a taster session on 30.4.17 so you can just pop in and find out more. The course is free, if you would like to refer someone you are working with (or want to refer yourself) then to book your place or get more information call or text:

Jit Singh
Project Manager
Mindful Mentoring

Phone: 07939 199 549
Email: info@go-getta.org.uk
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A new publication from the Mindfulness Initiative – The mindful workplace

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Building the Case for Mindfulness in the Workplace

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One year after the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group released its seminal Mindful Nation UK report, the Mindfulness Initiative has launched a new publication: ‘Building the Case for Mindfulness in the Workplace’.

“The document is primarily intended as a resource for those developing a business case for mindfulness training within their own organisation. It provides an updated summary of the research evidence, narrative rationales addressing different organisational needs, case studies and a range of toolkits to help with programme planning, implementation and evaluation”

In my conversations with colleagues in services from eduction, health, drug & alcohol services and social care (and beyond) it seems that stress is pretty much universal. People love the work they do but not so much the pressure from targets and paperwork. So this report is one part of the discussion about how we can cope better.

Of course there is also the discussion to be had about organising things in a more streamlined way, and trusting practitioners’ commitment and knowledge rather then the current ‘top-down’ way of doing things. We can come back to that discussion at another time.

 

 


Mindfulness & Somatic Based Approaches: An Experiential Workshop

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I will be facilitating this workshop at Leicester University on the 3rd and 4th of April 2017.

It is part of the Foundation Degree course for the 2014 intake. As there are a few spare spaces so we are making it available to other students and graduates of the Foundation Degree in Drug and Alcohol Counselling and Treatment.

This will be a strongly experiential workshop. The first day will mainly focus on mindfulness practice interspersed with some discussion. The second day will build on this to develop skills in using mindfulness and embodied approaches in counselling (particpants need to attend both days).

The course is open (and free) to graduates and current students on the Foundation Degree in Drug and Alcohol Counselling and Treatment. Places are limited and you need to book a place. If you would like to attend then please email the course director of the Foundation Degree, Tony Priest on agp6@le.ac.uk.


Mindfulness: 10 Week Course – Starting in Coalville

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Those nice people at West Leicestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group have enabled us to deliver mindfulness courses around Leicestershire during 2016 and 2017.

Our next journey into mindfulness will be starting on 5.2.17. Is this the right time for you to join us?

This 10 week mindfulness course is combined with additional support to form Mindful Mentoring which aims to help people improve their emotional wellbeing, mental health and social functioning. Each course will run every Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 pm over a period of 10 weeks.

It has been a pleasure to work with the people who have joined us for the two courses so far. The next course starts in Coalville, and will take place at the Marlene Reid Centre 85 Belvoir Road,
Coalville, LE67 3PH

There will be a taster session on 29.1.17 so you can just pop in and find out more. The course is free, if you would like to refer someone you are working with (or want to refer yourself) then to book your place or get more information call or text:

Jit Singh
Project Manager
Mindful Mentoring

Phone: 07939 199 549
Email: info@go-getta.org.uk
          

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Mindfulness: 10 Week Course – Starting in Loughborough

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Our next journey into mindfulness will be starting on 2.10.16. Is this the right time for you to join us? Those nice people at West Leicestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group have enabled me to deliver mindfulness courses around Leicestershire during 2016 and 2017.

This 10 week mindfulness course is combined with additional support to form Mindful Mentoring which aims to help people improve their emotional wellbeing, mental health and social functioning.

Each course will run on Sunday afternoons over a period of 10 weeks. The first course in Hinckley in now coming to an end. It has been a pleasure to work with the people who have joined us for this course.

The next course starts in Loughborough, and will take place at Loughborough Leisure Centre. There will be a taster session on 2.10.16 so you can just pop in and find out more. The course is free, if you would like to refer someone you are working with (or want to refer yourself) then contact:

Jit Singh
Project Manager
Mindful Mentoring
Email: info@go-getta.org.uk


How millions of trees brought a broken landscape back to life…

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So often the news is about people being horrid to each other and the planet. While stories of people doing the right thing goes unreported. Perhaps that’s just the way the news system filters things. So it was great to read this uplifting account in the Guardian. The whole piece well worth a read; here is a summary:

Twenty-five years ago, the Midlands villages of Moira, Donisthorpe and Overseal overlooked a gruesome landscape. The communities were surrounded by opencast mines, old clay quarries, spoil heaps, derelict coal workings, polluted waterways and all the other ecological wreckage of heavy industry.

The air smelt and tasted unpleasant and the land was poisoned. There were next to no trees, not many jobs and little wildlife. Following the closure of the pits, people were deserting the area for Midlands cities such as Birmingham, Derby and Leicester. The future looked bleak.

Today, a pastoral renaissance is taking place. Around dozens of former mining and industrial communities, in what was the broken heart of the old Midlands coalfield, a vast, splendid forest of native oak, ash and birch trees is emerging, attracting cyclists, walkers, birdwatchers, canoeists, campers and horse-riders.

Britain’s trees have come under increasing attack from exotic diseases, and the grants for planting woodland are drying up, so the 200 sq miles of the National Forest come as a welcome good news story. The new woodland in the Midlands is proving that large-scale tree planting is not just good value for money, but can also have immense social, economic and ecological benefits.

In this one corner of the Midlands, more than 8.5m trees have been planted in 25 years, hundreds of miles of footpath have been created and 500 abandoned industrial sites have been transformed. The landscape and ecology of semi-derelict Britain has been revived and rewilded with trees”. Read the rest of the article

Source: How millions of trees brought a broken landscape back to life | Environment | The Guardian


Mindfulness courses in Leicestershire

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Those nice people at West Leicestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group have enabled me to deliver mindfulness courses around Leicestershire during 2016 and 2017.

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I am doing this in partnership with Go-Getta CIC, a social enterprise established in 2012 that works with communities to improve outcomes for young people and vulnerable adults.

Mindful MentoringThe 10 week mindfulness course is combined with additional support to form Mindful Mentoring which aims to help individuals achieve improved outcomes around their emotional wellbeing and mental health

Each course will run on Sunday afternoons over a period of 10 weeks. The first course is now up and running in Hinckley. The next course starts in Charnwood. There will be a taster session on 2.10.16. Then in January 2017 the course will be running in Coalville.

If you would like to refer someone you are working with (or want to refer yourself) then contact:
Jit Singh
Project Manager
Mindful Mentoring
Email: info@go-getta.org.uk


Psychoactive Substances Act Postponed Indefinitely

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This new legislation (which was due to come into force on April 6th) has been postponed indefinitely.

Home Office have now announced that

“the commencement date for the legislation would no longer be 6th April 2016.” And

“a new date for commencement has yet to be confirmed.”

This seems like a bit of a mystery. Perhaps the volume of criticism led to a rethink? It has been argued that the law will be difficult to enforce.

Source: Psychoactive Substances Act Postponed Indefinitely



Attending to your own health and mental well being

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It seems that not a week goes by without another piece of research on mindfulness in the news (actually there are many more each month, these are just the tip of the iceberg).

One study with 16 to 17 year old sixth formers, suggests that school-based mindfulness may improve attention and reduce self critical thinking. In teenagers! Sounds pretty good to me.

The researcher in this study who happens to be the supervisor on my MSc research has also done a previous study which showed that Mindfulness improved school grades and reduced stress in school students.

More generally, another study by the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital found that Meditative practices could reduce the need for healthcare services by just under a half.

So, here is yet more evidence that mindfulness helps with physical and mental health. Given the way things are going with health services, and in particular Mental Health Services, it would seem like a really good idea to take control of your own health: being kind to others, doing some exercise, eating mindfully and doing some mindfulness practice seems to be the way forward. Of course reading about it is nice, but actually doing some practice is the way to get the benefits. If you can get to Leicester then sign up for our course that starts on the 20th of March.


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