Wellbeing sector stories

Welcome to our ‘learn from others’ area where we’ll share stories and practical tips and ideas of what others are doing to look after themselves from a diverse range of social care providers. We’ll be regularly updating this page with new stories.

Using mindfulness to support mental wellbeing

Mark Anslow, Service Manager – Prevention and Early Help, Children’s Services

NICE guidance recommends that organisations should develop workplace solutions to reduce the risk of stress and identify when to provide additional support. In Bradford we’ve used mindfulness for stress and anxiety experienced by children’s social care practitioners and also offered it as a strategy to support employees’ wellbeing and resilience during COVID-19.

Mindfulness can help people feel calmer and better able to deal with stress and difficult situations and feelings, like worry or anger. Feedback from staff has been very positive,

‘I feel I am able to use the skills I learnt from this and bring myself back into the moment (here and now) without ruminating and becoming anxious.’ - Staff member from Mark's team

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Sallys Words of Wisdom

Sally Percival employs personal assistants to support her family members. She also works as a PA and is the Chair of the TLAP National Co-production Advisory Group. She shares her ‘words of wisdom’ to encourage you to look after your wellbeing.

Blog: Compassionate and human approach to leadership 

Lisa Cowley, CEO of Beacon Vision discusses the organisations approach to compassionate and human leadership. Beacon Vision is a leading regional charity, supporting people across the Black Country and Staffordshire impacted by or at high risk of sight loss.

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Blog: Question time with Anushka Karmali!

Anushka Karmali, Development Officer from 360 Degrees Healthcare shares how they’ve created ‘staff bubbles’ to provide peer-to-peer support across their domiciliary service.

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Clare Cliff, General Manager from Home Instead in Stockport sharing the different wellbeing initiatives they’ve introduced.