UWTSD host Mindfulness Briefing Event for Youth Workers


06.01.2020

UWTSD recently hosted a youth workers’ Mindfulness briefing and consultation event at the University’s Carmarthen Campus.

A mindfulness briefing session for youth work was held at UWTSD in December 2019

Elizabeth Williams and Heather Fish – both of whom are Mindfulness experts in Wales, led the event. Elizabeth has been involved in policy development for children and young people for more than 20 years. She retired in 2010 after 10 years leading on children and young people’s policy with the Welsh Government, working closely with Ministers and practitioners across Wales to contribute to the distinct policy agenda in Wales. Heather is a lecturer in Mindfulness and Well-being at the University, developing modules in workplace mindfulness since 2013 and taking mindfulness to a wide range of organisations including the education, high risk, public, private and third sectors.

The briefing event was an opportunity to explore how mindfulness could benefit both staff and young people in youth work practice.

Ahead of the event, Heather Fish said:
“Mindfulness has had a lot of coverage in the media over the past few years. For a secular meditative practice, with its roots in faith traditions , it is interesting to consider where the practice has found its place in the 21st century.

From the NHS, to schools, universities and heavy industry, more and more people are trying it out and finding that it can, indeed, be beneficial for our physical, emotional and mental health,”

Angharad Lewis, Programme Director BA and MA Youth and Community Work at UWTSD, said:
“We were delighted to welcome a number of key players from the region’s youth work field to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. There is no doubt that the interest in the use of mindfulness-based activities with children and young people is growing. However, mindfulness within youth work training is a relatively new initiative and it was an excellent opportunity for us all to come together to learn more about the benefits of mindfulness and to share and discuss ideas.

It was an excellent morning and I’d like to thank everybody who attended and especially Heather and Elizabeth for facilitating such an interesting session.”

Grant Poiner, the Boys and Girls Clubs Wales, attended the briefing event and welcomed the opportunity to learn more about the art of mindfulness. He added:

“I very much enjoyed attending the mindfulness and youth work session at UWTSD and hearing about how mindfulness can assist young people within the youth work sector in Wales. I believe that giving young people the skills to use Mindfulness can help them better cope with the stresses that they encounter in their everyday lives.”

Following the event Kate-Marie Mitchell from POINT Youth Project, Fishguard, commented:
“It was a great opportunity to have more insight into mindfulness and how powerful it can be for young people. Youth Work has a great opportunity to provide this useful tool to young people, which will enable them to gain the skills, which they will be able to use throughout their lives. Coming together with such passionate and dedicated youth teams was a great way for us all to get this much needed ball rolling throughout services in Wales.”

 

Mindfulness briefing session for youth work was held at UWTSD in December 2019

Further details about the University's Youth and Community work courses can be found here

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