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17th July 2020

Lockdown haircut?- Tick. Stocked up on masks? – Tick. Health and Safety risk assessments for return to work?-Tick. But – does your H & S assessment include the MENTAL health as well as PHYSICAL health of your employees?
In this week’s edition we will tell you about some upcoming workshops which will provide your organisation with a head start in planning for mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. We will also tell you about some great fundraising opportunities (including the return of Skydiving!) and meet another member of the Mind in Somerset team.
Any feedback on this newsletter? Are you or your organisation fundraising for us? 
We would love to hear from you. Corporate@mindinsomerset.org.uk


Wellbeing at Work Workshops *Limited  Places*

You all know that looking after the mental health of your employees is a good thing to do – but where to start?! We have listened to what you have been telling us and are busy working on two new courses for those responsible for Workplace Wellbeing. 
These virtual courses will look at how to start – and continue -the conversation within your organisation, how to write a Wellbeing action plan, what works well – and not so well, and will explore what further support and training you might need. We are hoping that these courses will lead to the development a network of peer support for Wellbeing leads to learn from each other.
The 3 hour virtual course will be held on Tuesday 11th August and again on Wednesday 30th September. The cost will be £50 per attendee.
Places for these courses will be limited. Click on the link below to book and pay.

Book for 11th August


Book for 30th September

Meet Charlie – Operations Manager (Mendip)

Charlie joined Mind in Somerset in January 2019, an exciting time for Mind in Somerset which marked the start of a period rapid growth and development for the charity. Employed as a new Operations Manager, Charlie was tasked with establishing Mind in Somerset in Sedgemoor, which included opening a brand-new office and setting up a variety of new services. Following on from his successful work in Sedgemoor, Charlie is now working in Mendip and is excited to be opening the new Mind in Somerset Wellbeing Hub located in Shepton Mallet. He has already started networking with local agencies and is working to develop new services for the area. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys nothing more than a good board game with friends and is a keen musician.

Managing Mental Health and Work – Online training

This one day training course is designed for managers, supervisors and anyone with responsibility for managing people at work, as well as those looking to enhance their CPD. The course is tailored specifically through an initial consultation and focuses on supporting the one in four of the workforce who will suffer from poor mental health each year.

Often the difficulty for managers is knowing where to start important conversations, so we equip them with practical guidance and tools to promote mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. This includes giving managers confidence for when they are providing appropriate support, understanding their legal duties and enabling people with mental health problems to thrive at work.


Find out more

Prudential Ride London virtual event

Get on your bike – or scooter, skateboard, trike, tandem, penny farthing, roller skates, unicycle – and raise money for Mind in Somerset in the process.
The eighth edition of Prudential RideLondon was due to take place on 15 and 16 August 2020, and while the festival can’t go ahead as planned, the organisers  want to keep the wheels moving and celebrate the event weekend by encouraging people to get on their bikes – or any other non-motorised wheeled transport! – and raise money for charity in the process.
My Prudential RideLondon is your chance to take part in the world’s greatest free festival of cycling. Whatever your age or ability, you can join in – wherever you live in the UK and with whoever you like – family, friends or by yourself.
If your organisation gets involved-  let us know and we will give you a mention in a future newsletter. A photo would be great too..

Find out more 

FREE online event – Men’s Mental Health

We know that men are far less likely to seek support for mental health issues than women. 
Join us on Friday 24th July between 2pm and 4pm for this FREE online event to explore how we can make mental health support more accessible for men in Somerset, as well as the potential barriers to accessing support.
Contributors will include Rob Osman, founder of Dudes and Dogs, encouraging men to open up about their mental health whilst dog walking and Daniel Barrio-Galen, Somerset GP and Lifecoach

Find out more and book

…and finally
Feel the Buzz! Skydiving is back!!!!

Are you looking for ways to bring your teams together? Now they can combine the most exciting and exhilarating moment of their lives with raising much needed funds to support people experiencing mental health illness across Somerset.
We have teamed up with Buzz Skydiving near Honiton to provide you with a once in a lifetime experience – a 15,000ft tandem 60 second freefall jump! If you raise a minimum amount of sponsorship for us you could even jump for FREE!
Dates can be arranged throughout the year to suit you and your teams.


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