Reflecting the team effort which enables MINDFUL EMPLOYER to run, these updates appear with no name on them but from the one shown above you’ll have worked out who writes them! So… I am delighted to tell you that I have been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to mental health in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018.
I feel deeply honoured and humbled by this recognition. I have always tried to maintain (somewhat unsuccessfully!) that what has been achieved, particularly that around Mindful Employer, is not just about me. This honour is a real tribute to the many clients I have endeavoured to support over the years and from whom I have learnt so much; my wonderful colleagues at Workways and others within Devon Partnership NHS Trust; the MINDFUL EMPLOYER Advisory Group and our Partnership Organisations; and the hundreds of employers, organisations and individuals who have committed themselves to supporting what we do and the message we convey – including you. Click here if you’d like to read more.
As I enter my last six months in this particular vocation, I would like to thank you again for all your support, affirmation and encouragement.
Newest Charter signatories
The Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health has, in many respects, been the ‘flagship’ of MINDFUL EMPLOYER and while we are gradually nearing 2,000 employers have signed it since it began in 2004, it’s also worth a reminder that any employer can be part of this initiative, signatory or not. Indeed, we have around another 750 businesses and organisations who we are in touch with who are not signatories. All the same, in the last month, the following have made this tangible and public demonstration of their commitment to their staff:
Agencia Hessle, East Yorkshire
BID Services Birmingham
Comply Direct Ltd Skipton
Discover Your Bounce for Business Ltd Bristol
E3 Consulting Southampton
East Staffordshire Borough Council
Franks Accountants Limited
Group Tegula Limited Newcastle upon Tyne
KETL Limited Bristol
MacIntyre Academies Nuneaton
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner - Northumbria Newcastle upon Tyne
Seaswift House Seaton Devon
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust Southampton
Spirit Ventures Limited Pershore
St Helens & Knowlsey Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Thrive Law Leeds West Yorkshire
Wellspring Surgery Bristol
Winn Group Newcastle upon Tyne
Click on the links for more information about the Charter and MINDFUL EMPLOYER Plus which provides helplines for staff and managers for Charter signatories – over 145 employers have taken up this invaluable facility for just £1 + VAT per employee per year (and it can cover volunteers, consultants, apprentices as well).
Moor Good Practice
Dartmoor National Park Authority have been a Charter signatory since 2011 and if you have watch the film we made for our 10th Anniversary in 2014 you’ll see it features Neil White, Head of Organisational Development (formerly Head of HR). Neil has recently joined the MINDFUL EMPLOYER Advisory Group and has provided a copy of a memo sent around to staff – do take a read. Perhaps you can do something similar?