Workplace Wellbeing Academy

About Us

About Us

We believe that investing in the mental health and wellbeing of your employees is a business imperative. 

 Workplace wellbeing is fundamentally about putting people first. Trusting in the belief that providing a workplace where everyone can thrive is the route to a more effective, engaged and productive workforce.  A workforce that is more adaptable to change and loyal.  One that is an advert for your organisation, helping you to attract the best new talent. All essential if you are to succeed in a rapidly changing business world.

Workplace wellbeing is about more than avoiding the potentially negative aspects of work such as stress or ill health.  It is about creating a culture where every member of staff can realise their full potential and is committed to making your company a success. It is about creating an organisation that invests in the emotional, physical, and psychological wealth of its employees, knowing that this will lead to greater success for everyone.

Services

Consultancy

There is growing evidence across the globe that businesses that invest in the mental health & wellbeing of their people are more successful.  Getting this right means that your employees will be more resilient to change and more creative in developing solutions to new challenges.  

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You will become an employer of choice, making it easier to recruit and retain the best talent.

We work with your Executive Leadership to explain the benefits and risks associated with investing in the mental wealth of employees and help create evidence-based strategies that integrate mental health & wellbeing into other business critical policies.

There are many sources of data that can help you determine how well you are doing in relation to employee wellbeing and mental health, absence records, engagement with your Employee Assistance Programme engagement, personal injury claims etc.  But the most powerful source of data is your employees themselves.  How do they perceive your organisation?  

Consulting with your employees, determining their current mental health & wellbeing and understanding of the subject are key to developing an effective strategy.  It is also a great, early way to let people know that you take their wellbeing seriously and to baseline your organisation so you can monitor the impacts of your programmes. 

We can offer you a wide range of evidence-based tools and analysis to develop bespoke strategies that will help all your employees to thrive.

Audit/Review

Getting your approach to wellbeing right, is something that underpins all other aspects of your business: culture, strategy, performance, staff engagement, the list goes on. Many organisations are already doing positive things that enhance the mental health and wellbeing of the employees, we will help you do more.

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We act as a critical friend, auditing and reviewing all areas of your business, understanding how you approach wellbeing, what works and what can be done better.   

We offer a comparison against our “wellbeing standard” – a benchmarked set of principles and practice that have been proven to succeed in a range of companies and industries.

It is important to recognise that there are no ‘one size fits all’ solutions to improving workplace wellbeing.  Our experience in delivering practical, ‘real-life’ solutions will help you prioritise where you may need to invest.  The good news is that there many low cost and effective interventions that can be put into place as you build to long term, sustainable change.

We also offer a periodic updated review that offers the peace of mind of an independent voice and an expert comparison with latest thinking.

Training

We offer multiple training opportunities across a full range of Workplace Wellbeing subjects, from the promotion of positive mental health and first aid for mental health, to inclusion & diversity, personal resilience, smart working, & managing remote teams to name a few.

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We can also create bespoke courses to meet the specific needs of your organisation to ensure they match your company culture and language, and to ensure they fit with your core messages.  All training is based on current, evidence-based practice.

For more details on individual courses click here.

Coaching

Our executive coaching service provides an opportunity for individual clients to find the time and space to reflect on issues that are significant to them and to come to a realisation as to the best course of action. 

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We take the time to get to know the individual, through conversation, psychometric tools or 360 degree feedback – whatever is most appropriate.

We understand how important it is for a coach to “fit’ and so we have a range of coaches, from many different backgrounds. They are all vastly experienced and our matching service ensures that we find the right person for each client.  Someone that they can trust and build a productive working relationship with.

Meet the Team

Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham is a psychologist who has been delivering mental health awareness training to the public, across the UK and Ireland, since 2007. He was one of the first Mental Health First Aid instructors in England and has delivered courses to diverse groups in community, corporate and public settings ever since.

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This included working with officers and prisoners in prisons and extensive work training mental health advocates for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. 

From 2009 to 2017 he was a National Trainer for the MHFA England CIC and trained 30 cohorts of new MHFA instructors, including 30 prison officers, to deliver the course in community and workplace settings. 

As a Director of the Golden Tree Wellbeing CIC, he developed training courses using techniques derived from Cognitive Behavioural Theory, Mindfulness and Positive Psychology to help provide people with proactive tools to promote positive wellbeing. He has also designed courses delivered to NHS staff in Cumbria and to the armed forces community at Catterick Garrison. 

From 2017 to 2019 he worked for the Saint John of God Hospital, Dublin which holds the licence to deliver MHFA in Ireland. His role as National Trainer involved delivering the training in the community and in corporate setting across Ireland. He also developed the training materials and designed the MHFA Ireland instructor training programme. In this role, he delivered a programme of courses for police officers (An Garda Siochana) several of whom went on to train as instructors. He remains an Associate Trainer for MHFA Ireland. 

He is a member of the British Psychological Society and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

What our Clients say about Bill

“Bill is an excellent trainer with superb subject knowledge. I would highly recommend him.” 

Simon Richardson, Golden Tree CIC

What our Clients say about Bill

“Bill is one the most effective trainers I have ever worked with. I very much look forward to working with him again.”

Bernie Graham, MHS Training and Consultancy Ltd

What our Clients say about Bill

“A fantastic, course, some incredible real-life examples and I could happily sit and listen to Bill talk all day. Thank you.” 

Anon

What our Clients say about Bill

“Bill is an excellent trainer and mentor.”

Trevor Bell, TBAS Ltd.

Glen Ridgway

Glen recovered from his own breakdown in 2008 to design and deliver his employer’s global mental health matters strategy.  Glen created all training materials (included a full day promoting mental health and awareness course) for a community of 1500+ positive mental health champions across the globe.  

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As a Divisional Director of the global HSE team responsible for the strategy Glen travelled extensively to support the business to deliver the strategy including North and South America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.  His biggest revelation during this time is that mental health is an issue that affects all communities in all countries and, as such, can be a unifying subject for global organisations.  The method of delivery may vary – but the message is very much the same.  

“Investing in the mental health and wellbeing of staff brings benefits for the individual and the organisations”.

Glen is a founding father of Safer Highways and one of the architects of the first ever sector wide mental health survey looking at how the highways industry were delivering the Stevenson Farmer “Thriving at Works Report.  Glen’s client list includes: Palace of Westminster Restoration & Renewal Project; Safer Highways; Applied Driving Technique; City & Guilds (UK); Hope for Children; Charity IT Leaders and other clients who prefer to remain confidential

He has the practical experience in delivering mental health and wellbeing strategies that has helped clients deliver long term, sustainable change and helps employees thrive every day.

What our Clients say about Glen

“Glen was instrumental in shifting our culture and making us aware and comfortable to talk about mental illness. The programmes we now have in place have been directly influenced by the work we did with Glen when developing our strategy.”

Paul Lindsay Health, Safety & Wellbeing Director, Palace of Westminster Restoration & Renewal Project

What our Clients say about Glen

“In my time working with Glen over the past few years I’ve known him to be one of the most effective mental health leads I’ve come across. What he achieved leading Jacobs’ mental health champions initiative at a global level was ground-breaking. 

Heather Kelly (This Can Happen)

What our Clients say about Glen

“Glen guided us in opening up the discussion on mental health in our newly merged company, helping others to feel emotionally safe in an unsettling time, which promoted trust between new colleagues.”

Ivana Moretti Communications Director, Worley

What our Clients say about Glen

“Glen’s practical experience in implementing workplace mental health strategies has been invaluable as we begin to roll out our own People and Wellbeing Strategy.”  

Vashti Holland, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Iain Smith - Learning and Development Consultant

Iain has a proven track record of enhancing individual, team and group performance at executive and senior manager level. With a wealth of experience across public and private sector organisations in learning development, facilitation of change, cohesion and service improvement. 

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His key clients include Transport for London, Network Rail and city and Guilds.  He has also advised the Mayor of London’s Office on apprenticeship programmes.

Iain has an energetic and innovative change agent who brings a personable, engaging and honest communicative approach to each project. With more than 20 years in the L&D field he understands how to align training programmes with the specific need of clients.  Allied to this he understands the fundamentals of how to engage with staff at all levels to ensure maximum participation. He has the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to ensure training and development programmes achieve long term, sustainable success.

What our Clients say about Iain

“I’ve worked with Iain for the past two years on improving the engagement and collaboration within my team at City & Guilds Group. He has been fantastic – honest, helpful, challenging, engaging and energetic.”
 
Mikki Choman Draggoo
Corporate Relations Director, City & Guilds Group

What our Clients say about Iain

“Iain combines great strategic vision & a searching analytical ability which he uses to turn concepts into successful reality.”
 
John Soden
Immigration Consultant at Clark Wilson LLP

What our Clients say about Iain

“Iain has a rare combination of high energy effectiveness and a considered, pragmatic approach. The combination has endeared him to many and his ability to initiate, qualify and see through innovative ways of working in a highly complex business is outstanding. He has a passion for helping and seeing people develop and is a great catalyst for action. I really enjoyed working with him!”
 
Toby Barnes
Global Talent Leader

What our Clients say about Iain

“Iain is immensely creative, energetic and infectiously positive of outlook. As a problem solver, he is second to none and a first class leader. I can, with certain confidence, recommend Iain for pretty much anything he puts his talents to. Everyone needs an Iain in their organisation.”

 

Simon Wallis
Head of People & Development at Newtyne Consultancy and Training Limited

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