A Healthier Workplace

A Healthier Workplace

At North West Employers, we recognise that health & wellbeing is an important topic on the agenda for all Local Authorities across the North West. We are inviting our members to join us in an opportunity to network with peers as well as share best practice and hear from experienced, cross-sector speakers about the work that they are doing to make their organisations a healthier place to be.

See below the exciting agenda we have lined up for you:

Julie Kemp, Workforce Development Manager, Carlisle City Council

Delivering Wellbeing at Carlisle City Council:

Carlisle City Council will share their experience of working with the Better Health at Work Award and how this has helped them to identify and focus on wellbeing initiatives across a busy Council. Including mental health, health surveillance, menopause, lunch time learning and evaluating wellbeing delivery.

Jeannette Jackson, Business Wellbeing Expert & Nutritional Biochemist, Manchester Stress Institute

Feeding the Executive Brain:

The food we eat can have a direct positive or negative impact on our mental and physical wellbeing. Most of us know what ‘healthy’ foods to eat but during times of stress or fatigue we may crave foods that are less than healthy. Here nutritional biochemist Jeannette Jackson discusses how to feed the executive brain to reduce cravings and improve memory, concentration and focus for enhanced performance at work.

Zanele Sibanda, Head of Internal Distribution, Towergate Health & Protection

Health and wellbeing benefits at work, more than just a nice perk:

Wellbeing, and particularly mental health, has gained prominence in recent years as an important element for employers to consider as part of an overall wellbeing package. This is helping to reduce the taboo against talking about mental health at work, however, there is still a long way to go. The presentation will be a thought leadership piece around Towergate’s knowledge and experience in the provision of health and wellbeing benefits by employers; and how employees can see the value of the perks and benefits provided by their employer.

Chivonne Preston, Chief Executive Officer, Mindfulness in Schools Project

How does mindfulness support health and wellbeing in education?:

How can mindfulness support health and wellbeing in education? This 15 minute overview will outline the challenges facing the education sector as they prepare learners as employees of the future, and describe how mindfulness can benefit the health and wellbeing of teachers and staff in schools, as well as the children and young people they teach.

Emily Brierley, Youth Patron, Mindfulness in Schools Project

My experience of mindfulness:

Emily, who was a victim of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack in May 2017, will talk about her experience of mindfulness, how it has helped her health and wellbeing, and how mindfulness can help to support other young people and victims of trauma.

Please note that places are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. This event is for members of North West Employers only, as part of your membership with us.



Being a Resilient Councillor

Being a Resilient Councillor

Councillors’ roles are constantly evolving and we understand that as local politicians, there are a number of demands that you have to juggle. This changing role was reflected in “The 21st Century Councillor” research (University of Birmingham, 2016) along with some key skills and behaviours that would support councillors.

One of these themes was resilience; resilience focuses on the individual, and supports you in coping with adverse events without reducing performance whilst improving your wellbeing and happiness?

Drawing on our experience of working with councillors and the latest research. This workshop will combine tips, ideas and strategies on how making small changes can help you to develop and sustain resilience, as well as helping you create a practical and realistic action plan.


Matt Smeed, North West Employers Associate

ILM Level 3 Award and Certificate in School Business Management

ILM Level 3 Award and Certificate in School Business Management

Is this for you?

These are designed for aspiring practicing School Business Managers. You will gain broad understanding of the context and tasks associated with a School Business Manager role.

What can you expect?

You will develop skills and experience in the areas of finance, human resources, procurement, leading support services, infrastructure and marketing as well as supporting the development of general management skills and behaviours.

The Award consists of 2 units, which can be completed in 2 months:
• Understanding leadership
• Solving problems and making decisions

The Certificate consists of 6 units, which can be completed in 12 months:
• Understanding leadership
• Solving problems and making decisions
• Understand how to establish an effective team
• Understand how to motivate to improve performance
• Planning and allocating work
• Management communication

ILM Level 7 Certificate and Diploma in Executive Coaching and Mentoring

ILM Level 7 Certificate and Diploma in Executive Coaching and Mentoring

Is this for you?

These programmes are among the ILM’s most senior qualifications. They are designed for senior managers or HR / OD professionals; who want to develop their coaching and mentoring expertise or to establish coaching at an organisational level. They are ideal for professional coaches and mentors seeking to enhance and accredit their experience with a nationally recognised qualification.

What can you expect?

You will learn how to build the context, strategy, culture and processes for coaching and mentoring at a senior and strategic level. You will critically review your emotional intelligence; values; interpersonal and communication skills to assess your competence as a coach or mentor.

The Certificate consists of 4 themes, which can be completed in 6 months:
• Coaching and mentoring in a strategic environment
• Performing effectively and ethically as an executive coach and mentor
• Working with executive clients
• Professional practice (20 hours)

The Diploma consists of 4 themes, which can be completed in 9-12 months:
• Coaching and mentoring in a strategic environment
• Performing effectively and ethically as an executive coach and mentor
• Working with executive clients
• Professional practice (100 hours)

ILM Certificate in Community Mediation

ILM Certificate in Community Mediation

This four-day course to train as a Community Mediator is fully endorsed by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). 

Mediation as a conflict resolution strategy in many community settings is a relatively new phenomenon. All too often interpersonal conflict, especially antisocial behaviour cases, neighbourhood disputes, family conflicts etc go unattended. They often end up with costly investigations – time, money, resources and personal trauma. Mediation offers an alternative process to conflict resolution. It allows parties to resolve problems and let go of their sense of grievance and mend broken relationships.  


ILM Mediators are framed and accredited to help people resolve disputes and reach a mutually agreed solution. Our Mediators are trained to be impartial, meaning they do not take sides. 

Mediation is a structured process used across so many different professional and industries. Our trained Mediators use specialist communication and negotiation skills to resolve conflicts in a variety of contexts. If you work in legal, housing, environmental, community, planning, social work, antisocial behaviour, youth work, to name a few – then this course is for you. 

Professionals who attend our course will develop expertise to be better suited to todays demand for diverse capabilities. The ILM Programme introduces you to the techniques and skills needed to conduct successful mediations with a course option to continue your learning with hands on mediation assessment that gives you the practical skills to apply for ILM accreditation. 


This four day course will enable participants to:  

  • Understand conflict which includes an awareness of the feelings and patterns of behaviour that can be present 
  • Appreciate the conditions which enable mediation to act as a catalyst for constructive conflict resolution  
  • Be aware of the skills, behaviours and knowledge required of a mediator and of one’s own competence in these areas  
  • Understand and use the process of mediation  Use active listening skills required to develop rapport with disputants  
  • Develop ways of working that are impartial and which empower disputants to resolve their disputes themselves in a fair and realistic manner  
  • Use facilitation skills required to manage a face-to-face mediation and encourage disputants to negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement  
  • Develop ways of working with the difficulties and opportunities provided by the diversity of culture and lifestyles within the organisation  

Assessment Process:

Participants will undertake a mediation session during the programme, which will be evaluated by self, peers and the tutor.  

Within 12 months, participants will be required to provide a written case study of a live mediation they have undertaken, with a witness statement from either the ‘mediation sponsor’ or the disputants involved.  

NB – the endorsement should not be dependent on whether the disputants achieved a ‘written agreement’ but how effective the Mediator ‘managed the process’ 


£750 per person plus ( member rate ) – Please note, for non-members a price will be provided upon completion of the booking form.

Dates are to be confirmed