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New Mindfulness Practitioner Training starts September 2017 – Apply Now

June 15th, 2017 by James Sheppard

We are now taking applications for our comprehensive Practitioner Training Programme starting in September 2017. The 1 year supervised pathway equips people to teach the evidence based 8 week Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBIs) in a range of settings and develops the practitioners personal skills through an apprenticeship model.  You will be supported in delivering 8 week mindfulness courses and in applying for registration with the UK Network for Mindfulness Teachers.

Please see our PTP prospectus or call Suzanne on 0161 212 6441/4880 –  email mindfulness@mindinsalford.org.uk


Mindfulness Teacher Training Courses – Sept 2017

June 14th, 2017 by James Sheppard

Mindfulness Teacher Training – 1 year supervised pathway

Interested in becoming a Mindfulness Practitioner and delivering mindfulness to groups or with individual clients?  Start the journey now with the Mindfulness in Mind Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) – supported by national charity Mind, this 12 month part-time supervised training pathway consists of 9 contact training days, seminars, reflective diaries, two essays and supervision to guide and reflect on learning. You will be supported in starting to deliver 8 week mindfulness courses and in applying for registration with the UK Network for Mindfulness Teachers.

The PTP has two hubs and trainees can attend either the Southern Hub (London) or the Northern Hub   (Salford/Greater Manchester). The next PTP starts in September 2017.  See prospectus below, for an application pack contact:

Northern Hub: mindfulness@mindinsalford.org.uk or call 0161 212 6441/4880 – speak to Suzanne.

Southern Hub:  psychologicaltherapies@cityandhackneymind.org.uk or call 020 8525 2337 – speak to Nadine.

PTP Course Outline, Prospectus & Dates

The one year supervised pathway will equip course participants to deliver both Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in line with the recommendations from the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report.

The course is open to healthcare professionals who already have a grounding in therapeutic approaches. It will also be open to those candidates who are not healthcare professionals but who can demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of mindfulness, and who have been undertaking a personal mindfulness practice for some time and feel that they are ready to teach.

There are nine contact teaching days during the first 6 months of the programme – please see PTP prospectus for full details of the course and dates.

All of the teaching days for the Northern Hub are at The Angel Centre, 1 St. Philips Place, Salford M3 6FA.


As part of the course there will be on-going supervision provided for one year from the course commencement date for each student. This is in line with the UK Mindfulness Teacher Network’s guidelines on best practice.

Course Cost

Inclusive of VAT, all course materials, resources and supervision during the 12 month pathway:

£2500 if paid by organisation/employer – discounts are available for group bookings

£1800 for individuals – payment plans by instalment are available on a case-by-case basis

How to Apply

To apply for the teacher training course please call Suzanne on 0161 212 4880/6441 or email mindfulness@mindinsalford.org.uk

Coping With Traumatic Events – Manchester Arena Bombing

May 24th, 2017 by Markus Greenwood

All of us at Mind in Salford would like to express our thoughts and condolences to all those effected by Monday nights incident.

Incidents such as this can have a huge lasting effect on how we feel, even if we are not in attendance. National Mind have put together an article signposting organisations and charities who could provide support and assistance at this time. Where to seek help and support

Further to this we wish to thank and show our appreciation for all the emergency services who have supported people through the incident, we understand that experiences such as can also be difficult for the emergency services. Here is a link to our Blue Light Programme which includes the Mind confidential Blue Light hotline where you can speak to trained staff who will provide information, advice and signposting around mental health and wellbeing.

Monthly Mindfulness Drop-Ins from Thurs 15th June 2017

May 22nd, 2017 by Suzanne Farrell

If you have already completed an 8 week mindfulness course with Mind in Salford you are welcome to attend our drop-in evening sessions on the third Thursday of every month from 6:00pm-7:30pm at The Angel Centre, St Philips Place off Chapel Street, M3 6FA.  There is no charge for the sessions – you may make a donation to Mind if you wish.  Places are limited so please call or email in advance to book:  mindfulness@mindinsalford.org.uk    tel: 0161 212 6441

Dates for the next six months are as follows:

Thursday 15th June 2017

Thursday 20th July 2017

Thursday 17th August 2017

Thursday 21st September 2017

Thursday 19th October 2017

Thursday 16th November 2017

Project Coordinator Vacancy – Greater Manchester Mind

May 12th, 2017 by Markus Greenwood

Job Title: Project Coordinator, Greater Manchester Mind
Salary: £26,822
Hours: 35 hours per week
Length of Post: Fixed-term project for 12 months from start of employment

Does Greater Manchester Mind Exist?
Well no, not yet, but the local Minds working across Greater Manchester want it to and we have been able to fund a position which will be key in helping us bring this plan to fruition.
We are looking for a strategic thinker with vision who can build a future for our burgeoning partnership, enabling us to work more closely together, share costs, develop GM-wide services, bid for tenders, promote GM Minds at strategic levels and ensure that this work is viable beyond the initial 12-months funding. A challenging role but one which could improve access to our unique and wide ranging portfolio of services aimed at promoting good mental health and challenging stigma and discrimination.
You will need excellent communications skills the ability to develop and drive partnership working and a strategic understanding of the ever changing environment brought about by Greater Manchester Devolution.
You won’t be alone in this work as you will have the full support of National Mind and all 5 Local Minds – Manchester Mind, Mind in Salford, Stockport and District Mind, Rochdale and District Mind and Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind. You would be employed directly by Manchester Mind but expected to spend time with all the GM local minds during the course of this work.
If this role appeals but you would like more information, please contact Manchester Mind’s Service Director for an informal discussion via elizabeth.simpson@manchestermind.org.

To download an application form and associated documents please visit the Vacancies page of www.manchestermind.org or contact us via info@manchestermind.org.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon, Friday 26th May 2017.

The Greater Manchester Minds are striving to be equal opportunities employers and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We see it as a positive advantage if you have experience of mental health issues and/or have used mental health services or had experience of volunteering.

Blog: Northern Lights

February 13th, 2016 by Heather Greenbank

aurora 2

I was lucky enough to visit Iceland this autumn, and even luckier to experience something I’d always wanted to – the northern lights. This is a collage of four images that sum up the experience for me.

The aurora had already started appearing over the city as we travelled down to catch the boat – groups of people were gathering and pointing at the sky, others were running through the streets with cameras and tripods.  The excitement was really building and finally we were on a small boat, literally feeling buoyant as it zipped us across Reykjavik harbour – out into the night to find the lights.

Then they appeared – a pale green arc formed over the boat in the shape of a rainbow, the engines stopped and we floated around silently watching as the arc of light expanded right overhead.  It’s hard to describe – but the top edge of the band of light started to move, swirling like sand does when a strong wind propels it across a beach. I noticed a feeling of childlike amazement as well as a connectedness with the people on the boat as we stared skyward.

The link to mindfulness for me, was something about the process we went through to see the aurora – planning, preparation, travelling, searching – all ‘doing’ or ‘striving’ activities, and the contrasting sense of just ‘being with’ an incredible experience.  I was keen to photograph the lights.. and I was just as keen to really experience them – to look through the lens and receive the images, rather than setting out to ‘capture’ or ‘take’ or strive for anything.

I feel grateful that rather than ending up with hundreds of pictures and little memory of what it actually felt like to see the northern lights – I can really remember the experience, the emotions, thoughts and physical sensations I had as I savoured just being there.


Thanks for reading, if you’d like to have a look at my website please click here:  http://www.northernlightcounselling.co.uk/


Mindful Nation UK NW Launch

February 2nd, 2016 by James Sheppard

Mind in Salford is co-hosting the Mindful Nation UK Report Manchester and NW Launch in Media City on 22nd February.

Mindful Nation UK is a report published by the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG) and was launched nationally on 20th October 2015 in Westminster.

The report looks at Mindfulness in 4 program areas: Healthcare, the Workplace, Education and Criminal Justice.  The group was set up to

  • Review the scientific evidence and current best practice in mindfulness training
  • Develop policy recommendations for government based findings
  • Provide a forum for discussion in Parliament regarding the role of mindfulness and its implementation in public policy

This event will bring together speakers from key mindfulness organisation, university researchers and case studies from the North West.  It is a valuable opportunity for you or an alternative representative from your organisation to find out what mindfulness is, how it can benefit both the public and private sectors in terms of well being and resilience and its benefits to service users.

The Manchester & NW Launch will start at 1pm, 22nd February, at the University of Salford Digital Performance Lab in Media City, arrival from 12.30 – see Mindful Nation UK report – Invite programme.  There are a limited number of spaces available, please contact Markus Greenwood at Mind in Salford, mindfulness@mindinsalford.org.uk or 0161 212 4880.

Speakers will include:

  • Markus Greenwood, Mind in Salford CEO
  • Singhashri Gazmuri, Breathworks CIC Program Director
  • Geraldine Thomas, Mindflow Training Ltd
  • Taravandana Lupson, Mindfulness Leadership Programmes in NHS and Kings Fund, London
  • Ruth Passman, NHS England Deputy Director for Equality and Health Inequalities
  • Tim Duerden, University of Salford Senior Lecturer in Multi-Professional Practice Studies & Breathworks teacher
  • Ken Harrison, Knowsley Borough Council Head of Communities
  • Peter Malinowski, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Catrin Eames, Liverpool University
  • Heather Regan-Addis, UK Mindfulness Association
  • Jamie Bristow, The Mindfulness Initiative Director
  • Yogesh Patel, Urmston Grammar School Teacher
  • Collette Power, Breathworks Associate & Teacher, Liverpool
  • Sylvia Daniels, Carer, Salford
  • Sue Pheasy, Course Participant and Teacher, Salford


Mind in Salford Advocacy Hub Grows

January 27th, 2016 by James Sheppard

Logo Advocacy HubWe are pleased to announce that as of April 1st 2016 our Salford Advocacy Hub will be expanded to cover IMCA and NHS complaints advocacy in Salford as well as our existing advocacy services.

After an in-depth tender process, we were the successful bidder for the contract for the new enlarged Salford Advocacy Hub, joint funded by Salford CCG and Salford City Council.

Our new, expanded Salford Advocacy Hub will provide

  • Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) – supporting people without capacity in care planning and review, safeguarding including DOLS and when serious medical treatment is considered
  • Independent Care Act Advocacy (ICAA) – supporting people with difficulties engaging through care planning and review and safeguarding processes
  • Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) – supporting people to understand their rights and get their view across in Meadowbrook and Woodlands hospitals and on CTOs in the community
  • Independent NHS Complaints Advocacy (ICA) – supporting people to address complaints with NHS funded services
  • Community Advocacy (Non-Statutory) – supporting people to express their views, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain appropriate services in a variety of circumstances, for
    1. people with mental health problems,
    2. people with physical disabilities,
    3. people with sensory impairments,
    4. people with learning disabilities,
    5. people with an autism spectrum condition, and
    6. people over 60

IMHA Vacancy – Position now filled

November 13th, 2015 by James Sheppard

Applications for this position are now closed

Job Title: Independent Mental Health Advocate
Contract Length: Fixed Term (until end March 2015, with possible extension)
Hours: 14 hours (2 set days, during normal working hours Monday – Friday, additional hours/days possible)
Pay: 20-25k pro rata (dependent on quaifications and experience)
Line Manager: Advocacy Manager
Locations: Edenfield Centre, GMW Mental Health NHS Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich M25 3BL

Our independent advocacy service provides IMHA services for Greater Manchester West medium and low secure, stepdown and tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), and we need a new advocate to help provide advocacy in the medium secure services.

The service provides a free, independent and impartial comprehensive advocacy service in line with the Mental Health Act.

A good knowledge of IMHA requirements is necessary, though the advocate will receive internal training and support from our experienced team. Previous advocacy experience is a must, and advocacy and IMHA qualifications would be a strong advantage.

The advocate will typically meet people in person on hospital wards, with duties including

• Briefing patients on their rights under the Mental Health Act, the Human Rights Act and related legislation
• Supporting and if necessary representing clients in a variety of meetings and situations and working towards developing self advocacy

As part of the team, the advocate will help promote the integration of independent rights-based support within mental health services, including criminal justice and social care.

Please note a full DBS check is required.



Please direct enquiries to amber@mindinsalford.org.uk

Please note we are also looking for sessional advocates to work in the community and IMHA settings to cover leave and busy periods, and currently have demand. Session Advocate Required

Sessional Advocates Wanted

October 22nd, 2015 by James Sheppard

Session Advocate

£12 per hour (negotiable)

We are looking for a sessional worker to support our advocates during periods of absence and/or high demand. Appropriate applicants will be added to our bank of sessional workers to be contacted as demand requires, typically covering absences of six weeks or longer.

We currently require someone to cover 2 days per week in a Community and Care Act Advocate role until end March, and additional availability may arise.

Our advocates provide community and care act advocacy to Salford residents with a range of needs, and also independent mental health advocacy in Salford and Prestwich Hospitals.

Position Requirements

Applicants will have previous experience advocating in the past, and have their own transport to be able to meet clients in the community throughout Salford. Good computer literacy is also a requirement to be able to record information on our client database.

Successful applicants will work confidentially with people who have a range of needs in the community with the aim of getting their opinions, needs and wants on issues relating to their treatment, care and other issues communicated to those the client has identified. Previous experience working with people with mental health needs, physical or sensory needs, over 60s or working with health or social work providers would be an advantage.

The advocate works at the instruction of their client with the objective of empowering them and will represent the client if requested to do so.

The advocate helps people to say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need.

Responsibilities will include:
• Meeting clients regularly and supporting them to liaise with medical, social work and other professionals
• Fostering equality, diversity and rights of others by ensuring people are respected and valued as individuals.
• Representing the interests of individuals at their request when they are not able to do so themselves, and support them accessing appropriate support when they are distressed.
• Enable individuals to find out about and use services.
• Gather required information on the service and other activities for monitoring reports to funders, acting in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
• Ensure that the services provided meet the Mind quality standards.

To discuss this position further, please contact Diane Shepherd diane@mindinsalford.org.uk.

Session Advocate Required


Please note we also have a temporary IMHA role available

Contact Info

Mind in Salford
The Angel Centre
1 St. Philips Place
M3 6FA

0161 212 4880

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