Today was a CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Day.
The brief was "Healthy Minds."
And it was my turn to organise an event for our team of 10.
As Progress Coaches at a sixth form college, our role is pastoral and to support students through their educational journey between the ages of 16 and 19.
We each have responsibility for 180 students who we see twice a week in group sessions.
The rest of our time is spent supporting individual students on a 121 basis, liasing with home and generally problem-solving/troubleshooting.
Our role can be quite stressful and our students go through a very challenging time while they are with us.
I have students who are recently bereaved, have terminally ill parents, suffer from long term health problems and all the other difficulties modern life can throw at them.
I was interested to see how meditation could help.
If it is good enough for Oxford University, it should be worthwhile for our students too.
With this in mind I contacted the local Buddhist Centre and asked if they could arrange a talk and series of Guided Meditations to give us a taste of what meditation could offer.
My colleagues were happy to investigate and so we spent a relaxing session at The Buddhist Centre near Sefton Park, followed by a meal together at a lovely Gastro Pub in Lark Lane.
A colleague and I are now planning to set up weekly meditation sessions for students in September. I will let you know how we got on.
Cardigan - Principles
Black Trousers - Primark
T-Shirt - Zara
Shoes - Clarks