Wellpresent is a Community Interest Company, a social enterprise offering courses and training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction in Sheffield and throughout South and West Yorkshire.
This means that we provide our courses on a not for profit basis and with the aim of bringing the message of mindfulness to people who might not otherwise have access to it. To this end we provide courses to the general public and use any profit generated to subsidise places on our courses for people who are either out of employment or are low waged. We also provide a limited number of places on each public course, at no cost at all, to people who are both in receipt of benefits and are referred or recommended by a health professional. If you feel that you fit these criteria or work, as a health professional, with someone who does, then please contact us to discuss what we can do for you. We also teach a few courses every year, on an expenses only basis, to community groups and third sector organisations.
We are currently three trainers. All three of us have extensive experience working in the field of mental health and have spent many years learning to teach courses through the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University. We are all qualified to at least diploma level and receive regular, formal supervision.
We also adhere to the rigorous ethical and professional standards laid down by the CMRP. We continue to learn and we continue to develop as teachers. It goes with out saying that we each have an established, long-term personal mindfulness practice and it is out of this personal experience of practice that our teaching emanates.
As well as the 8-week courses in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction that we offer for the general public, we also run specific courses for the likes of health trusts, primary care services, schools, colleges and workplaces. Courses can be adapted to meet the needs of the group. Short training events, employee away days, day workshops, day retreats or taster sessions can also be offered to your own requirements.
Finally, no-one leaves one of our courses without being given the opportunity to join a growing secular mindfulness community in the area. Largely based in Barnsley at present, we are hoping to encourage a similar community to develop in Sheffield in the very near future.
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1987 and spent the first 9 years of my career working in adult mental health services.
Since 1994 I have worked as a Paediatric OT, helping children and their families coping with some debilitating health conditions. For the past 10 years I have worked in the South Yorkshire and N.E. Derbyshire Chronic fatigue/ME service for children and young people. In 2007 I did an 8 week 'Breathworks' Mindfulness course and have maintained my own meditation practice since then.
I began the Masters' programme in Teaching Mindfulness Based Approaches at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University in 2010 with Don and Linzi and in 2013 we joined forces to set up 'wellpresent'.
I have taught courses to NHS staff and the general public and delivered training in a variety of settings.
In 2015 I completed the Mindfulness in schools Project training and Linzi and I delivered our first schools based adapted 8 week programme for 15-16 year olds.
The spaciousness and freedom from reactivity that Mindfulness offers supports and sustains me.
I am especially interested in developing my Mindfulness teaching with young people and people who have had a cancer diagnosis.
I first became interested in mindfulness through my professional role as an Occupational Therapist (OT) in the South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire CFS/ME Service. In 2008 I participated in a Breathworks ‘Living Well with Stress’ 8-week programme and have been practising meditation ever since.
I am currently studying part-time for the MSc in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Approaches at the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, Bangor University and have completed the Post-Graduate Certificate. I have taught many Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8-week programmes with wellpresent and have facilitated workshops and training events within the NHS and at Sheffield Hallam University.
I am particularly interested in integrating mindfulness into the management of chronic health conditions and am committed to personal and professional development. I access regular supervision and attend meditation retreats throughout the year. Having just become a mum for the first time, I am finding I have many opportunities to practice staying present and deeply appreciate the space, patience and compassion that mindfulness sometimes invites!
I have been a lot of things in my life, even working as a lighthouse keeper for a while! However I am now content to look after my grandchildren and develop my skills as a mindfulness teacher.
I have the Postgraduate Diploma in Mindfulness Based Approaches from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University and I have led a number of 8-week courses over the last few years. I have had a regular meditation practice for over 25 years. I receive regular supervision and attend intensive meditation retreats throughout the year.
Originally from the Scottish Borders I moved to Sheffield in 1977 to train as a mental health nurse. Most of my working life has been devoted to supporting people with mental health and addiction problems. The transforming power of mindfulness never fails to amaze me and I love teaching it to people. Although I practice in the Zen tradition, my approach is largely secular and I feel that the benefits of this training should be accessible to people of all faiths and none.
I am particularly interested in how mindfulness training can help improve life in the workplace as well as an additional support for people recovering from addiction problems. I would love to see mindfulness incorporated into mainstream mental health care and I maintain links with mental health services in both Sheffield and Barnsley where I provide training, supervision and support for a growing mindfulness community.