Mindful Employer Network celebrates 10 years

The Swindon Mindful Employer Network is about to celebrate “10 years of success” in promoting mental health awareness in the local business community.

The network – which was formed in 2008 – claims that it is now “quite common” for it to attract “over 150 delegates” to its regular sessions, courses and conferences which are attended by large and small businesses of all sectors situated in and around the town.

David Latham, who has managed the project from the beginning, said it has a lot to do with the “enthusiasm” of volunteers and partner organisations who feel mental health is “such an important area” for businesses.

He explained: “Most of our activities are strongly supported by local people and businesses. Without top hotels and venues offering to host an event, it would be impossible to have advanced this initiative over the last 10 years – we are grateful for the tremendous help from all our supporters.”

Throughout its 10 years of growth, the Swindon Mindful Employer Network has received financial support from Public Health in Swindon. Frances Mayes of Public Health at Swindon Borough Council was one of the “architects” of the local initiative and had responsibility for securing the essential funding to keep the activity thriving.

She said: “A lot of the success is down to the quality of the speakers and the events planning. We have heard some amazing talks from top speakers and experts, many of whom gave of their time freely. The Swindon media has also strongly supported our efforts and increasingly we have noticed business people recommending attendance to their colleagues, customers and associates – particularly through other networks and social media.”

Richard Frost, who leads Mindful Employer nationally and internationally, added that, in terms of mental health networks for employers, Swindon is an “obvious example” of best practice in the UK.

To celebrate its 10 years of service, the group will hold several special events culminating in a conference in October at the Swindon Marriott.

Places are available for representatives of employers in the Swindon and surrounding area only. Booking is essential.

For more information about this event please contact: smen@swindonmind.org

Pictured above: John Gilbert, chief executive at Swindon Borough Council

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