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November Newsletter

Posted by Mark on 26 November, 2018

We are delighted to announce that well-known educational publisher, Scholastic UK have become the 2,000th signatory of the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health since MINDFUL EMPLOYER began in 2004. When MINDFUL EMPLOYER started as a small local initiative in Exeter we never imagined just how much it would grow and spread not only throughout the UK but also abroad! 

MINDFUL EMPLOYER is open to any employer: small, medium, large, public, private, voluntary – whether a Charter signatory or not. The Charter provides a very tangible way for employers to publically demonstrate their commitment to their staff. In  the last 12 months alone nearly 250 businesses and organisations taken this step including Skipton Building Society. Other recent new signatories are: 

300 North Leeds

Age Partnership LimitedThorpe Park Leeds

Age UK Bournemouth  

Age UK East Sussex Eastbourne

Attigo CICLeeds 

Cecence Ltd Salisbury

Citizens Advice Dudley Borough  

Crane Merchandising Systems Chippenham Wiltshire

Darlington Borough CouncilTown Hall Darlington

Devon Air Ambulance  

DMC Healthcare Ltd  London

Elegant Resorts Ltd Chester

Eleos Homecare Limited Carlisle

Essential Results LtdStevenage  Hertfordshire

Flourish Enterprises Doncaster

Freeagent Edinburgh

FTL Company Limited Leeds

Global Invacom Group Canterbury

Granby Toxteth Development Trust Liverpool

Hawkes Associates (UK) LimitedAberdeen 

Hive IT Sheffield

HMD Sealless Pumps Ltd Eastbourne


Leeds Beckett University  

Livability London

London Cyrenians HousingLondon 

Medvivo Group Ltd Chippenham

National Care Group Accrington Lancashire

Ocean Housing Group Ltd St Austell Cornwall

PLIAS Resettlement London

Recovery ConnectionsMiddlesborough 

Richter Associates LimitedMarlow 

RISE London

Sanctuary Bathrooms Leeds

South West Lincolnshire CCG  

Square Chapel Arts CentreHalifax 

Swindon Dance  

Swindon Marriott Hotel  

Team Fostering Sheffield

Tendring Mental Health Support Clacton on Sea Essex

The SES GROUP Harlow

The Youth Radio NetworkScotland 

Victorian Bathrooms 4 U Leeds

We Work Well Wickford Essex

Yorkshire MESMACLeeds  

For more information please visit the Charter page on our website.  

Charter signatories are also entitled to discounts on our publications and training and can access MINDFUL EMPLOYER Plus which provides telephone helplines for managers and staff.


  Goodbye Richard… 

Richard Frost has led MINDFUL EMPLOYER since the start, alongside being an Employment Specialist here at Workways supporting local residents to find or remain in employment. Having worked in the field of employment and health since 1979 and appointed an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2018 for services to mental health, Richard retires on 12 December. “It has been a tremendous privilege and a joy to work with my colleagues, clients, employers and many others at a local and national level over the years. Thank you for all your interest, support and enthusiasm for MINDFUL EMPLOYER and commitment to enabling people to lead a life of increased stability and hope. If you would like to stay in touch you can do so through my personal blog.”


  … Hello Mark 

We are delighted to welcome Mark Poole as the new Lead for MINDFUL EMPLOYER. 

Mark writes: “After starting my career in mental health as a Support Worker for the charity Springfield Mind, I quickly worked my way up to the role of Wellbeing Coordinator where I was responsible for the day-to-day management of Springfield Mind’s various wellbeing services across Warwickshire. It was here that I began to develop my passion for the link between mental health and work. I eventually moved on from my role as Wellbeing Coordinator to join the NHS, where I worked and trained as a Low-Intensity CBT Therapist, assessing and treating patients experiencing common mental health conditions. Most recently, I have spent the last sixteen months working as a Mental Health Consultant for the Department for Work and Pensions – advising and up-skilling Jobcentre staff across Devon, Somerset and Cornwall to better support their customers who present with a mental health condition, while also working with managers around staff retention and wellbeing. I am very excited to have joined the Mindful Employer team where I can continue to support employers to cultivate mentally healthy workplaces, and very much look forward to leading the initiative into the future.”  

Following the excellent strategy and development work carried out with the MINDFUL EMPLOYER Advisory Group and Devon Partnership NHS Trust we have been able to enable Mark’s post to be a dedicated Lead role which will enable the initiative to develop even further. He can be contacted at or 01392 677064.


  Mental health awareness workshops 

We provide a range of workshops for managers and staff which consider different aspects of mental wellbeing and can be delivered to your staff and on your premises for a very competitive fee. Please contact our Training Coordinator Andrea Adey to discuss your requirements. 

We also run ‘open workshops’ here at our base in Exeter and details of these are available on our website also. 

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