What about some mindfulness at the Royal Festival Hall?

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Image of the Education and Training Foundation's ELMAG programmeThe chance to 'experience' an adult learning mindfulness session at the Royal Festival Hall is one of the CPD opportunities on offer this month for managers in education and training.

Funded through the Education and Training Foundation's ELMAG programme, if you:

Are bidding for funding for to develop your mental health offer? 

Are re-designing your learning offer to people with experience of mental health problems?

Are thinking about introducing co-production but worried about what it means in practice?

Are trying to work more effectively with local mental health services? 

Have been approached to work with a NHSdefinition Recoverydefinition College but not sure what you might be letting yourself in for?

Want to better support your staff and volunteers who are affected by learners’ mental health problems or who have mental health problems themselves?

Most of all, want to increase your own confidence to deliver and manage provision for adults with mental health problems?

You need a mental health ‘spa’ experience 

Our  free mental health 'spa' experiences offer a break in your thinking, a chance to look at things differently that will energise you to make change happen.

Choose from a range of hands on practical day experiences to match your personal priority and then join one of our peer workshops/webinars.

Screenshot of a webpage containing details of our mental health CPD 'experiences'

These experiences are very kindly provided by education and training providers and partner agencies that want to share their effective practice. - a massive 'thank you' colleagues - we couldn't' do it without you!

Who is behind this?

This unique new management course: Cultivating new perceptions in improving mental health and wellbeing in education and training is designed and developed by the Mental Health in Further Education Network (hosted by NIACEdefinition). It is commissioned by AELPdefinition, as the lead for the Excellence in Leadership, Management and Governance (ELMAG) partnership on behalf of the Education and Training Foundation.

We have to complete all our activities before 31 March 2015 - hence our lively timeframe.

Why is it all happening so quickly?

The timetable is set by ELMAG but we are pleased that it means that we can offer you CPD when you really need it.

Colleagues from 157-Group and the AoCdefinition recently identified providers' interest in ways to better support young learners with mental health problems in colleges. In the Autumn Statement the Chancellor announced £20 million over 2 years for the BISdefinition Community Learning Mental Health Pilot. This will develop the community learning offer to adults with mild to moderate mental health problems. As a result, managers and practitioners in the Mental Health Network grabbed the opportunity to apply for funding from the ETF (whcih needs to be used by the end of March) so that we could respond quickly.

We have a very tight delivery timetable - for you and us - but you have said that your learners' needs are challenging and immediate and we believe that this is such an important issue in the sector that this CPD offers us a real opportunity to make a difference. We have chosen to see the timetable as a positive challenge. A chance to show that when our sector is given the opportunity we can be agile and flexible in our response. We hope that you will agree and will work with us to make it happen in the short time frame that the funding allows. All of the opportunities, including the workshops/webinars need to be completed by 31 March 2015 - perfect for you to use your experience to help your staff feel better equipped for next term/after the Easter break.

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