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February Newsletter

Posted by Mark on 27 February, 2018

Health and Wellbeing at Work Conference    6 & 7 March    NEC, Birmingham

We are looking forward to being at this important event at the NEC in Birmingham next week. Do come and say hello to us at Stand 149a and there will be a free copy of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER Line Manager’s Resource and Keeping well at Work booklet for every visitor. For more details visit


New Charter Signatories

2017 saw over 200 employers sign the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health, and this year has got off to a great start with 50 having done so since the beginning of January! Newest signatories include Christians Against Poverty, Sport England, University of Oxford and the North East division of PwC.

Other new signatories since our last MINDUFL EMPLOYER Update have been:


AllClear Insurance   Romford

Altrad NSG  Deeside Wales

Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust   

Bath Mind   

Black Antelope Law London 

Care & Repair Leeds   

Clarity  Manchester

Cosmic  Honiton, Devon

Edge45 York 

First Choice Homes Oldham   

Fram Farmers Ltd Framlington,  Suffolk

GA Solicitors Plymouth 

Get Savvy Group  Leeds

Graduate Prospects  Manchester

HMP The Mount   Hertfordshire

Infra Safety Services Labour Ltd  Derby

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust   

Mind in Tower Hamlets and Newham   

New Victoria Hospital Kingston upon Thames 

Oasis Talking Therapies CIC   Bristol

OneStep Solutions  Hadleigh, Suffolk

Oxford Students Union   

PatronBase UK Partners  Cardiff

Possability People  Brighton

RNP Associates Ltd  Sutton Coldfield

Scarsdale Veterinary Group   Derby

Simpsons Malt Ltd  Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland

THB Group London

Tuf*C   Manchester


For more information visit Charter signatories are entitled to various other offers and discounts and can also access MINDFUL EMPLOYER Plus telephone helplines for staff and managers.


Being a Mindful Manager – Manchester, Sheffield & Exeter

We are delivering this most popular of our workshops in Manchester (on 17 April), Sheffield (18 April) and Exeter (23 April). If you are line manager, why not book a place through We can also deliver these and other workshops for staff on your premises anywhere in the UK.


Sharing Good Practice

Employing 68 people, University of Portsmouth Students' Union have been a Charter signatory for 5 years and also access MINDFUL EMPLOYER Plus for their staff. At Induction all new staff are given a hard copy of Keeping Well At Work and new line managers are given the MINDFUL EMPLOYER Line Manager Resource. UPSU also have an annual ‘It’s OK not to be OK’ event and other provision aimed at supporting staff wellbeing. The Union’s ‘Mindful Buddies’ scheme provides formal groups who support each other’s wellbeing. ‘Buddies are just there to look out for each other, ensure that we are looking out for ourselves and not forgetting to do the things that reduce stress, increase our health and happiness & make our work world ease a little,’ says Lucy Simpson of UPSU. ‘Buddies are not replacements for line managers or a place to share work related concerns (we have processes in place for that) but they are there to remind us about what we need to do to stay well at work. So for example you wouldn’t discuss issues themselves but you might tell your buddy that you have a few concerns going on and your buddy would remind you that the mindful thing to do would be to share those concerns with their manager or someone that can help find solutions.’

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