As a social enterprise, our vision is to improve the mental health of the nation.
Never before has this been more important, so we have set up a voluntary and community sector (VCSE) wellbeing hub.
No matter which sector you work in, the coronavirus will be having an impact on your colleagues and their mental health and wellbeing. We are focused on providing support to your workplace through adapted training and new resources. We will support your organisation to look after the mental health of your employees.
The Leadership Wellbeing Coaching programme focuses on helping leaders within the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to explore their own wellbeing, identify strategies for keeping well, communicate their needs to others and sustain their journey to wellbeing. The programme combines practical coaching techniques with eco-therapy approaches; comprising four full-day sessions spread across a year in a nature-based environment in North Yorkshire.
Each phase explores, educates and creates action, and is followed up with additional resources that embed the learnings for ongoing engagement and focus.
Session 1: Sapling
Thursday 13 January 2022
The first session looks at basic well-being needs and will enable you to identify priorities and resources for yourself and your team’s wellbeing, using natural principles to embed learnings and create lasting change so your organisation’s wellbeing culture keeps growing.
Session 2: Roots
Thursday 24 March 2022
This session will explore existing wellbeing strategies and how to have wellbeing conversations. It will help you recognise what enables or hinders wellbeing and begin to ‘future proof’ strategies for health and happiness that will remain effective, learning from past, present and future.
Session 3: Mighty Oak
Wednesday 6 July 2022 The third session will focus on emotional resilience and creating psychological safety, enabling you to respond with confidence and clarity in the face of challenge and adversity. It will also help replicate and build on strategies that work to maintain momentum in achieving your organisations’ vision.
Session 4: Woodland
Thursday 6 October 2022 The final session will explore how to grow a wellbeing vision to nurture a community within your team, where everyone can utilise connections and communication to seek and offer support. You will define a final plan and actions, bringing together the elements learnt into something greater.
The sessions are held in a nature-based venue. The venue for the first session will be Sandburn Hall near York, with the remaining sessions taking place at Summerbridge, North Yorkshire.
The coaching programme includes downloadable resources supporting the learning in between each phase to enable development in the explored topics, as well as a follow up one-to-one coaching session to offer further support upon completion of the programme.
As an optional extra to the Leadership Wellbeing Coaching programme, or for those who are unable to take part, there are additional online workshops.
The online leadership wellbeing sessions will benefit leaders looking to enhance their skills, knowledge and resources in a range of topics for positive mental health and wellbeing. The aim of each session is to leave you with greater awareness of simple, effective ways to help you and your team deal with challenges, uncertainty and change.
Mental health and wellbeing – recognising and responding
Thursday 9 December 2021 1pm – 4pm
This session will help you recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and wellbeing in both yourself and others, identifying practical, resourceful solutions and ensuring a proactive response to someone with a mental health and wellbeing need.
Booking for this session closes Tuesday 7 December 2021 5pm.
Solutions for wellbeing – from basic needs to psychological safety
Tuesday 18 January 2022 10am – 1pm
Creating a safe and supportive culture at work is something we can all be passionate about. This session explores ways to grow a wellbeing culture, looking at simple yet impactful knowledge and approaches to enhance individual and team wellbeing, from basic needs to developing psychological safety.
Booking for this session closes Sunday 16 January 2022 5pm.
Practical ways to deal with burnout and being overwhelmed
Thursday 10 February 2022 10am – 1pm
Longing for a more balanced and effective way of working that doesn’t feel like a constant tightrope walk? This session will explore burnout and overwhelm culture, taking an honest and open look at the expectations of roles and introducing strategies that help you be effective and efficient in your role.
The session is about practical over aspirational – ensuring the take-home tools can make a tangible difference to wellbeing and that of others too.
Booking for this session closes Tuesday 8 February 2022 5pm
Talking about needs and feelings; brave conversations
Tuesday 22 March 2022 1pm – 4pm
How easy is it to have conversations about wellbeing? Worrying about saying the wrong thing? Unsure about over-sharing or closing down completely? This session will explore the benefits of opening up wellbeing discussions in organisations, teams or with peers, as well as supporting the challenges and fears of holding spaces for courageous conversations. It will support you with a range of resources from environmental and cultural factors to conversation starters.
Booking for this session closes Sunday 20 March 2022 5pm
This programme is for frontline workers across a range of voluntary organisations who are interested in personal development and will support learners to lead and drive forward a variety of wellbeing initiatives to nurture the growth of your wider workplace wellbeing.
The programme will enable you to learn new skills, share your existing expertise and experience and give you resources to develop longer term with your organisation, allowing the development of a self-sustaining wellbeing network across the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.
Friday 3 December 2021 9.30am – 12.30pm
Starting with a semi-blank canvas, the first session will be a facilitated workshop to co-create a wellbeing champion programme. It will support organisations to come together and explore, plan and envision priorities, and explore the role and limitations of a ‘wellbeing champion’ model to enable an effective programme.
Becoming a wellbeing champion
Tuesday 11 January 2022 1pm – 4pm
This session will be a discovery day – exploring the skills, motivations and goals needed for the champion role and help you discover your skills, assets and motivations to enhance workplace wellbeing. It will introduce putting the role into practice and looking at what that entails.
Understanding wellbeing needs, signs and symptoms
Wednesday 16 February 2022 9.30am – 12.30pm
This session will explore mental health awareness and consider people’s thoughts and feelings on ‘wellbeing’ and how to ‘champion’. We will also look at anti-stigma practice, diverse stories and unconscious bias. The session will include sharing information and signposting to wellbeing services.
Creating a culture of wellbeing for organisations
Tuesday 15 March 2022 1pm – 4pm
Looking at creative engagement and approaches with people at all levels, this session will explore simple and effective ways to enhance wellbeing and help people engage. Focusing on inspirational and effective approaches, using the skills and ideas of the group to find the right fit in your organisation, we will explore ways to understand and respond to resistance in your role.
5 . Wellbeing strategies for wellbeing champions
Tuesday 26 April 2022 9.30am – 12.30pm
This session will explore keeping participants well in their role and identifying potential challenges while supporting you to recognise and respond to your own wellbeing needs. It will include strategies for managing personal wellbeing and setting boundaries.
Taking wellbeing forward
Wednesday 18 May 2022 1pm – 4pm
The last session will look at how to deal with setbacks, change and uncertainty ensuring the sustainability of the wellbeing champion role. It will also celebrate your achievements throughout this programme and showcase your visions for the future.
The programme is led by Where the Mind Grows, who deliver nature-based coaching programmes across Yorkshire to enhance employee wellbeing.
Where the Mind Grows draws on the wisdom of the natural world, to apply effective solutions to mental health, wellbeing and psychological safety.
This ecopsychology approach is woven into the coaching and facilitation of workshop sessions, to offer a different perspective and additional way of thinking and responding to the happiness and health of ourselves and others.
For more information on Where The Mind Grows click here