Leeds Mindful Employer


May 2021 Newsletter

Dear Network Members, 

Welcome to our May newsletter.

This month we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week from 10th-14th May. This is a great opportunity to have conversations about our mental health and wellbeing with colleagues, family and friends. While our shared experiences during COVID-19 may have helped to normalise conversations about mental health, we know that stigma still exists and that talking openly, asking questions and and telling our own stories can be one of the best ways of improving understanding and challenging stereotypes. 

This year, the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is nature. We are really pleased to include a special blog from Leeds Mindful Employer Network member, Sarah Jones from Full Circle Funerals on why it is important to bring nature into our homes and workplaces and how we can do it. 

This month's contents also include:
Thank you to everyone who completed our survey about our upcoming network events. If you'd still like to have your say please share your thoughts here

And finally, don't forget that you can access all the information and resources featured in previous editions of the newsletter here.

With best wishes,

Mindful Employer Leeds

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Welcome New Network Members
Over the last month we have said hello to 10 new Network members!
A big welcome to representatives from:
Springfield Training
The Meatless Farm
Hyde Park Source
Leeds Jewish Welfare Board
Time to Shine
The Right Fuelcard Company Ltd
West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges
Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

This year's theme from the Mental Health Foundation is nature. 

Please follow the link below for more information about the links between nature and mental health, as well as a wide range of downloadable resources and ideas for how you can get involved. 

MindWell are running a connect with nature campaign throughout the whole of Mental Health Awareness Week. Follow the link below for a whole host of ideas for activities and events to get involved in from home and throughout the city. 

How are you celebrating? Please let us know what you do to raise awareness of mental health in your workplace.
Access Mental Health Foundation resources here
Access MindWell Connect With Nature pages here
Employer Blog


This month, in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week we have a fantastic blog from Sarah Jones at Full Circle Funerals on how we can incorporate nature into our home and workplace environments. 
Read Sarah's blog here
Full Circle events
Sarah also wanted to raise awareness of some great Full Circle events that are coming up and free for everyone to attend:

Time to Remember and Light a Candle 
An opportunity to remember people who have died and want to hold in our thoughts. If anyone would like to send in a poem, passage or mention a specific person when lighting a candle then they can contact Andrew on
Access events by the following links:
11am on Tuesday 11th May  and 18.30pm on Thursday 13th May  
Full Circle monthly webinar
11am on Friday 14th May - Natalie Dimelow will be sharing her experience of bereavement and how the work she is doing now is part of her girls legacy during our monthly webinar - her webinar is called “I am a mum of four but only two walk beside me”.
David Moon’s ‘Golden Oldies' 
Live stream an instrumental performance of ‘Golden Oldies’  for people living with Dementia
1pm on Friday 14th May

For any further information please contact Sarah on 
Celebrating new Mindful Employers

We caught up with two local organisations who have recently become Mindful Employers by signing the Mindful Employer Charter. Read more about why they chose to take the step and what being a Mindful Employer means to them and their colleagues: 
Your name, role and company
Let me introduce Second Chance Headway Centre in Wakefield. Second Chance Headway centre is a registered charity proving therapy, rehabilitation and support for adults with acquired brain injuries, their families and carers throughout West Yorkshire. I’m Peter Taylor, Business Manager.  

Why did you decide to sign the Mindful Employer Charter?
All of our staff are qualified and registered; Nurses, OT’s, Rehabilitation Assistants and support staff, and we were looking to become involved with an organisation that would help us to maintain the same standards of care for our staff, that they provide for our clients.
What does the Mindful Employer Charter means to you as a company? 
Because of the nature of our staff, we have always supported mental health and wellbeing , but our issue was self care.   Nurses will always make the extra effort for patients but are not good at looking after themselves.  The Mindful employer provides a formal framework just to keep us on track!
What you plan to do over the coming months?
Our plan is to use the membership and link with others to share our experience and to support the charter, as a springboard for making sure that we do not forget to care for ourselves.

Your name, role and company
Katharine Morley, HR Manager, Yorkshire & Humber AHSN

Why did you decide to sign the Mindful Employer Charter?
To validate our commitment to employee wellbeing and to share ideas and best practices with others.

What does the Mindful Employer Charter means to you as a company?
 It shows our employees and prospective employees that we are serious about supporting them and prepared to invest time, money and training on their wellbeing

What do you currently do to support mental health and wellbeing among your workforce?
We have a range of initiatives including investing in a comprehensive employee assistance scheme and personalised wellbeing initiatives, trained mental health first aiders, a dedicated wellbeing Teams channel to share tips and ideas to promote wellbeing, line manager training, engagement and wellbeing surveys, weekly informal catch ups and a regular programme of mental health topic discussions at our weekly all-staff meetings.

What you plan to do over the coming months?
Continue to support staff with the initiatives already listed plus invest in a pulse surveys to gain more real-time information on how employees are feeling, increase communications as lockdown eases/we return to ‘normal’  ways of working, include staff in ‘return to work’ conversations and restart the social programme that was paused due to Covid.

If you are interested in learning more about the Mindful Employer Charter and how you can become a Mindful Employer yourself, please follow the link below.

We can provide support to help you in your Mindful Employer journey. Please get in touch: 
Learn more about becoming a Mindful Employer here
 Resources to support hybrid working

As we start to come out of the pandemic, we know that many employers are looking to adopt long term 'hybrid' working arrangements, with staff adopting a mix of office and home working.

As we have discussed with many local employers throughout the past year, this new approach to flexible working could have very positive implications for staff wellbeing as well as equality and inclusion within the workplace. 

CIPD have produced a very useful guide for line managers to help support and enable hybrid working within their teams. Access the guide below. 

Are you planning to adopt a hybrid approach?
We would love to hear how you hope to make this work within your workplace setting. Please get in touch to tell us more: 
Access CIPD guide on supporting hybrid working here

Guidance on Long-COVID
The long term effects of COVID-19 can include mental hand physical symptoms. Acas has produced useful guidance for employers and employees about how to approach sickness and absence because of long COVID. Access this guidance below. 
Access Acas guidance on long COVID here
Reminder about recordings from our conference
Our digital conference, Wellbeing @ Work 2021: COVID-19 and Beyond took place 15th-19th March. 

Catch up on what you missed

Recordings from each morning of the conference are available to watch for free on the conference website. We will transferring these to our new YouTube channel in the coming weeks, with clips allowing easy access to each session. 

A reminder of the daily themes: 

Day 1: Setting the scene: COVID-19, work and wellbeing
Day 2: Management, Leadership and Communication: Keeping people well and with you through challenging times
Day 3: Creating a healthy culture for the post-COVID workforce
Day 4: Support and resilience at every level
Day 5: Local services and reflections, priorities and next steps

Please revisit the conference schedule for more detail on what was covered each day and to read about all of our speakers. 

Reminder: new Health and Wellbeing Hub
for all health and care workers across
West Yorkshire and Harrogate

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership have launched a brand new support service for anyone working in health or care across the region.

Support is completely confidential and open every day 8am-8pm. Call freephone  0808 1963833 
Click here for more information about the Health and Wellbeing Hub
Reminder: updated MindWell at Work resources

MindWell at Work is a fantastic guide for anyone interested in mental health at work or concerned about themselves or a colleague. It has recently been updated to reflect specific concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

See the presentation provided by Zoe from MindWell at our conference below: 
Introduction to MindWell mental health resource
Visit MindWell at Work here
Reminder of resources and support for local businesses
Access our list of covid-19 and mental health resources here
Thank you for reading this bulletin, we hope it has been helpful. Please stay in touch!

 Mindful Employer Leeds 
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