Bite-size Testimonials

All staff that participated, in the Positively Managing Worry session and I’m pleased to say it was a good uptake, after our session three staff asked to join other schools as they couldn’t make our school allotted session, so staff must of feedback positively to each other.   All enjoyed the sessions and found them to be ‘useful’. They feedback that some have made use of some of the strategies already, and we have agreed to gentle remind one another to do so.  Many found the session time to be right – 40 minutes and reported that it was a calm and peaceful experience. Many enjoyed you sharing personal experience or relating to yourself as helpful. All appreciated your introduction of valuing teaching staff currently.  

Many are eager for me to build further CPD opportunities in as a school with you so I will be in touch.  

Cathy Horton

Headteacher , Blessed Mother Teresa’s Primary School

I just wanted to say thank you so much for the session on Positively Managing Worry, it was a real pleasure listening to you.  To be honest I didn’t want to take an hour out of my day to listen to a course about not worrying, I am loving ploughing through my list of jobs during lock down. I see lock down as a gift, I’ve wanted the world to stop while I catch up for a while. However I realise that this will not last forever and that soon my exhausting lifestyle will be back and it will be full on. 

I have come away with some great tips that I can use for myself, my teenage daughter (who is coming up to GCSE year) and for my family.  So, many thanks, I really enjoyed it and feel like it has benefited me a lot. 

Stay safe and sane, 

Emma Young

Teacher , St Dominic’s Catholic Primary

Fantastic session Helen on Sleep Well, Feel Great.  Many useful tools to work with Staff within the academies that I support.  

Thanks Helen for a fantastic session.  Some of the ideas I also have seen before but I think during lockdown is the perfect time to try to consolidate them as better habits.  Having the time to use them consistently has been the problem in the past. 

Thank you very much for your time Helen and thought provoking presentation – much appreciated 

Thank you Helen.  Much appreciated! 

Thank you very much, very helpful! 

Awesome session thanks Helen 

Thank you for an insightful session 

Thank you Helen for this you have given me a lot of strategies that will help myself and others. 

Thank you Helen!!! Really helpful.  

Staff at Co-op Academies across the UK

“I felt totally relaxed after the Press Pause, Live Well session.  Next time I will endeavour to be at home so I can lie on the floor and treat it as a yoga chill out” 

“I just wanted to say thank you to the maths hub for organising. It was just what I needed after what’s been a challenging and mentally draining term.” 

Mrs G. White

Maths Hub Lead/D of E Manager , Painsley Sixth Form

Thank you very much for the Positively Managing worry session that you gave to St Dominic’s and St John’s staff.  It was very well received and all comments from staff were positive. 

Some staff found the session very peaceful and reflective commenting that it had provided them with the opportunity to take time for themselves and to begin to think of positive, personal ways forward.  They have since told me that they have been trying to adopt some of the ideas you gave them and consciously taking some time and control to manage their worries. 

Two staff found the session positive but also a little unsettling as they had been “forging forward” during the crisis up until that point and not taking time/having the opportunity for reflection or to contemplate the enormity of the situation. They felt a little unsettled/upset during the session but recognised that it was positive for them that they had begun to consider what they had been avoiding.  

Dianne Stokes

Headteacher , Headteacher

Thank you for the Sleep Well, Feel Great session. Good tips for tonight to try out.  

Thank you for the relaxing session 

Feeling Very relaxed 

Really enjoyed the techniques, a nice end to a very busy day. Thank you 

Great session and full of practical tips – thanks 

Thank you very useful 

Refreshed. Thank you. I’ll be trying this again 

Very relaxed after the music 

Very calm thank you 

Thank you Helen.  An interesting session. Take care 

Thank you it was lovely – you have a very calming voice 

Really appreciate your time. Thank you. 

Staff from Painsley North Primary Schools

I look forward to my mindfulness session every Friday it’s been a real help to my personal well-being after a long week working in the new normal.  I need to make and take that time for myself, and having the opportunity to take part in these sessions has really benefited me,  in fact when we come out of lockdown I will be carrying them on and I really do recommend people take part. 

Darren Murinas

Chief Executive  , Chief Executive 

The mindfulness sessions and workshops have really useful and Helen is brilliant. 

I have really enjoyed all these sessions and now just need to work on the worry diary. 

The Positive Managing Worry session was brilliant and so educational for myself and to help me to promote and to help others.  Feeling so positive now. 

Various staff comments

Brighter Futures

I do thoroughly enjoy your workshops, they provide exactly what is needed without us fully appreciating that it is actually what we all need.  It never feels like therapy or a workshop, rather a wake-up call to realisation and empowers you with opportunity and the urge to want to believe there are other ways of bringing out the best of any situation or circumstances you may find yourself in, currently, to be able to be happier in life.  

Teri Alder

Expert Citizens

Thanks for the Power of Visualisation session – it was brilliant.  I found it very positive and uplifting and has helped me feel better about myself during this very difficult time.  Following it with a mindfulness session made a great start to my weekend. 

Marguerite Castille

Voices of Stoke

Helen at Horizons Coaching has delivered a number of various workshops at Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group since May 2018.  The feedback from members of staff that have attended these workshops have always been very positive, stating that the training is thought provoking, informative and encourages reflection to support them in their various roles within the Group. 

Karen Renshaw

Human Resources Manager , Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group

Thank you for the How to Achieve a Calmer Life session today it was interesting and useful. 

truly understand the importance of keeping calm. 

I feel this had made me look at ways and the importance of ways to calm situations, excellent course. 

Helpful tips that will be easy to actually use – thank you. 

Thank you for the course too it has been great. 

Really good, thank you so much. 

Love the knuckle exercise – I’ll be using that. 

Thank you for the session – very informative. I will try out some of the strategies you have suggested. 

Staff from Newcastle & Stafford College Group

Quite often high performance teams focus on what needs to be achieved, sales targets, new product introductions, pricing, negotiations, tenders etc.  All too often little attention is paid to the mental health and wellbeing of the team.  During stressful and uncertain times the benefits of re-focusing on your own wellbeing can take a back seat to all other business priorities.  That’s were Helen stepped in to help us evaluate how we respond to these situations, and recognise the importance of self.  Helen delivered “Positive Vibes” workshop to my sales team as the last session of a jam packed day.  The team really enjoyed it and Helen’s interaction with the team put them at ease immediately.  Delivered with illustrative stories and interactive sessions I am certain Positive Vibes helped many in the team to sense check their stress levels, and realise the value in ‘taking time out for yourself’ during their busy lives. 

Martin Youlds

Sales Director , Steelite International

I wanted to write to thank you and to let you know how much I really enjoyed the Less Stress, More Success Workshop yesterday – I found it very interesting, informative and some really great tips which I will be putting into practice (not trying or attempting, but will!). 

Debra Nichols

PA to Executive Pro-Vice Chancellor , University of Liverpool