Swindon Mindful Employer attracts a full house

By Anita Jaynes on 2 November, 2013

Swindon Mindful Employer Network has been overwhelmed by the volume of interest shown from local employers and businesses for its awareness event on Asperger Syndrome taking place at Jurys Inn Swindon this November.

Featured in last month’s edition of The Business Exchange, Asperger Syndrome: what employers need to know features experienced speakers from SEQOL, Richmond Fellowship, National Autistic Society and Lift Psychology.

The network which is managed by Richmond Fellowship Wiltshire is aimed at increasing awareness of mental health and well-being in the workplace and has experienced a meteoric rise in attendance at meetings and conferences – while attracting top speakers and experts.

Melanie Richens, who is Chair of the network believes employers are waking up to the impact of well-being on business performance and customer service. “The considerable interest in the Asperger Syndrome awareness event demonstrates the growing importance of well-being among local businesses. Our attendance figures have grown tremendously since our launch in 2008 and sincerely believe that this interest is unlikely to diminish anytime soon regardless of the economic circumstances. We have the largest Mindful Employer group in the UK and it is a real success story for Swindon.”

Asperger Syndrome is part of the Autistic Spectrum and is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviour and interests. The awareness session will highlight recruitment, retention and mental health issues associated with the disorder. David Latham who leads the network at Richmond Fellowship Wiltshire is delighted by the level of demand for places. “Judging by the response and feedback from businesses, this growing network is meeting the needs of employers and the local community head-on. We are grateful to the Jurys Inn Swindon and other local firms for their continued support as we develop this exciting initiative in the years to come.”