being well, staying present. Mindfulness courses in Sheffield and South ||Yorkshire.
 
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about wellpresent

 
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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.

 
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the team

 

 

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Diane Scott

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.

Linzi Bound

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!

Donald Murray

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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.

 

 
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testimonials

 

 

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To be honest, I was quite sceptical about mindfulness before I tried it, but I’m very pleased I did, it as it really does work, or at least it did for me. It sort of trains you how to react differently to stress by teaching you how to take time out and/or detach. (I’m not sure if the course leaders would agree with my description!) I was lucky as I was in a really friendly group (we still get together regularly), and the Wellpresent course leader was/is great. It was really good timing as practising mindfulness then helped me get through an extremely difficult time (a major bereavement)... I would highly recommend it
— Vicky in Sheffield
Linzi is a skilled mindfulness practitioner, fully committed to helping others experience mindfulness and equipping them with the ‘tools’ to embed this in their own lives beyond the course
— Rachael in Sheffield
Don’s mindfulness course was an amazing experience for me. I felt comfortable with his style of delivering information and the group was friendly and open. . It was very good to complete the the course and I am still in touch with the monthly mindfulness group and practice mindfulness on a daily basis.
— Angela in Barnsley
I just wanted to say a huge “thank you” for sharing your expertise with me and
the group over the last two months.

I feel I have been on a journey in so many ways.

I had not heard of your group and I have my GP to thank for making me aware of it but I will certainly do my bit now to pass on the message to others of your existence in the hope that some of my friends can also benefit from what I have started to learn.
— Josie in Barnsley
The mindfulness course really helped me to look at life in a different way. I feel I have gained valuable life skills and opened my mind to a new way of thinking.
— Clare in Barnsley
I thought I knew quite a bit about mindfulness before I did the 8 week Wellpresent course, but the experience of engaging in the practice has quite honestly changed my life. It’s not for the faint hearted; to get the most from it you have to be prepared to engage fully with a journey that can be enormously challenging. However, I now feel that I have an ever present way of coping with life’s challenges & have gained a stability & richness of awareness I’ve never had before. I don’t think I would have engaged so well with mindfulness were it not for the warm & wise facilitation and the small group format which Wellpresent offers.
— Charlotte in Sheffield
I attended Wellpresent mindfulness course for stress relief about 18 months ago. I was not particularly suffering from stress; I did it because some of my friends practice meditation. I found the Wellpresent course to be carefully prepared, conducted in an ethical manner, and supportive of participants.

My current meditation practice is honoured more in the breech than in the observance, but sometimes when situations do become stressful, I am grateful to have a technique I can rely on, and I have learned something I didn’t know before. I am glad I did the course.
— Elizabeth in Sheffield