Debbie Stevens Wellbeing Events

Five Ways to Wellbeing & School Events

So what’s it all about…

The Five Ways to Wellbeing asks children to focus on five positive actions they can incorporate into their daily lives as individuals and also as part of their communities.

The five actions are:
Connect — encouraging children to strengthen and broaden their range of relationships and social networks. It encourages them to spend time with their friends and family and making time to have a chat.
Be active — stresses that being active is for people of all ages and does not need to be intense physical activity. Being active can also encourage social interactions.
Keep learning — learning is for people of all ages and can involve absolutely anything!
Take notice — asks children to take time to stop, become aware of their surroundings and listen to their thoughts and feelings about them.
Give — focuses on how any acts of kindness, whether small or large can make people feel happier and more satisfied about life.

These day-long workshops were initially offered to schools in the Think Family Neighbourhoods for Year 5 pupils (aged 9 and 10), in Tangmere, Selsey, and Chichester South and East. The scheme’s success has resulted in additional schools joining the initiative and workshops are now also offered to other schools in the district.

The workshops help children learn skills to self-manage emotions and activities to help them remain healthy both physically and mentally — activities include parachute games, balloons, snack and chat, and relaxation.
Feedback from the sessions has been extremely positive with teachers saying children are very engaged with all the messages and activities and still remember a lot of what they learnt on the day.

How it all began

The New Economics Foundation developed the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’, a set of public health messages designed to improve mental wellbeing in 2008.
Chichester District Council’s Five Ways to Wellbeing workshops give young people the tools they need to look after themselves both emotionally and mentally.

In June 2015, Portfield Primary Academy in Chichester was the first school to take part in the pilot project. Since then we haven taken the project into nine classes in 2015/16 with a further 18 classes during 2016/17.

The project is led by the council’s Youth Engagement team; Debbie Stevens, Wellbeing; and Milentos Confidence Building Workshops

5 Ways to Wellbeing Sponsership

As a sponsor of the scheme, you will receive:

Acknowledgement in media releases about the project.

The sponsorship would be announced in our own magazine, initiatives, which is distributed to every households and business across the 300 square miles of the Chichester district (in total 63,000 copies are printed). It is also available for a number of months on our website and at community focal points.

The opportunity to promote your involvement in the scheme through your marketing activity and use the Five Ways to Wellbeing logo on your marketing during the course of the agreement.

The opportunity to have a pull-up banner at each session.

Your promotional literature at each workshop and in school book bags.

The option to offer an interactive activity or play session (if appropriate).

Acknowledgement as a sponsor and logo on hand-outs for pupils. These are for the children to take home and keep, and include a reflexology chart, Wellbeing Pledge and Wellbeing Wish List (which is referred to throughout the academic year to monitor progress).

Acknowledgement as a sponsor and logo on Five Ways to Wellbeing posters for the classrooms of pupils taking part.

Acknowledgement as a sponsor and logo on folders for teachers. These include resources supporting the Five Ways to Wellbeing workshops.

Acknowledgement and logo on pencils for pupils taking part in the workshops. These would be given out and used in the classroom to fill in their Wellbeing Pledges and Wish Lists. The pencils would then be the pupils to keep and take home.

Acknowledgement on the council’s Twitter (we have over 4,700 followers).

Acknowledgement on the council’s Facebook page (over 3,800 people regularly ‘like’ our Facebook pages… some posts generate tens of thousands of hits).

Acknowledgement on the council website (which receives on average 475,000 hits a month) and Chichester District Wellbeing website, and.

Videos will be posted on You Tube and other social media.

If you are interested in Sponsoring, please get in touch.

LOTS OF HAPPY SCHOOLS

What the Children said about 5 Ways to Wellbeing

” The reflexology helped make me feel more calm”

“The reflexology helps me sleep”

“It did help me relax”

What the children said about the day and what had been learnt and enjoyed.

“I learnt reflexology, how to get rid of my worries and how to be active! I also learnt SMART, which stands for Safety, Meeting, Aware, Reliable and Tell. Also the last thing i learnt how to eat more healthy”

“I learnt about reflexology which helps me a lot when I’ve got a bad cold. Also, relaxing at the end helped me forget about arguments and things like that and doing the balloons helped with that”

Using the balloons to write my thoughts down on the balloon and popping them to make them all go away. Also eating all the healthy food and trying new things and the reflexology”

” Reflexology because it helps me when i’m stressed. The balloons also helped because all my worries went”

“I learnt how to help your body when you are feeling bad. Using the balloons helped me get rid of all my horrible feelings”

“I now know how to keep healthy and how to be safe and smart on the internet and i know the reflex point on my hands which will help me a lot”

The children had some lovely things to say about the 5 Ways to Wellbeing programme and what they liked and learnt.

“I learnt to massage my fingers”

“Creating my wishlist helped me a lot. I learnt how to massage my hands in parts where i need to. I liked the stones. You could think about your past”

” I liked writing on the balloon and popping it”

“We learnt about hand massage and wish list, positive thoughts and the stone. Also i loved doing balloons, although I was a bit sad of popping my balloon”

“Creating a wish list for ourselves and the relaxation part because we can do them by ourselves and on our own”

” My favorite part was when we did the balloon popping to get rid of negative feelings and another favorite part was meeting Elle, Debbie, Sophie and Jane”

” At the end of the day i always write my worries down on a piece of paper”

” I liked the bee person because he was funny and i also likes the balloons bit”

” I enjoyed doing the pop the balloon thing. I enjoyed it because at first we wrote on the balloon our worries and if we were upset about anything and then we popped the balloon with a pin”

” We learnt how to get rid of colds, coughs and tummy aches. So now i use that”

” I liked it where we tried the food some was new to me.  also like the song’s / rhythm’s and the parachute”

 

This is what the Children said about our 5 Ways to Wellbeing Workshop.

“I liked it when we were popping the balloon and trying new food”

“I liked it when we tried new food and popping your worries away.”

” i learnt always the new things that in Egypt they used reflexology”

“I learnt about reflexology and trying new things”

” I learnt that if you try new things you will like them a lot and if you write your worries on a balloon and pop it you feel more better afterwards”

“It helped when I put my worries on a balloon and popped them”

” I learnt it is good to try new things and to give”

Here are some of the comments from the Children who attended the 5 Ways to Wellbeing Workshop.

“I learnt that sometimes its better to work together”

“I really enjoyed the relaxing and lying down, also all the food. I also enjoyed the music and songs were funny”

I really enjoyed the songs and relaxing. I had a lot of fun playing with my friends”

A big thank you for joining us for our investors in health inset day. It was much appreciated and it must be rewarding for you to see the impact you have.

I just wanted to say a very big thank you for the Wellbeing Event which you organised at our school. This is the second event we have held. The whole package was very professionally organised and all staff really appreciated the opportunity of having treatments and a presentation on style and colour. Staff felt really valued and have already asked when we having another event.

Debbie regularly provides training opportunities to promote health and wellbeing for all our staff as part of Healthy schools. Both teaching and non-teaching staff benefit from the vast range of activities she is able to offer to support healthy lifestyles.

Debbie plays a key role in developing social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) the only secondary tracker school in the south of England.

Debbie is very well prepared and engages staff well in stress awareness and strategies to cope with pressures in today’s school.

My 6 weekly treat …. but necessary! After a very therapeutic session, I really feel relaxed and exhilarated all at the same time. I feel that I have had a physical and mental work-out which is so important in my profession.

I’m often running on empty so this gives me time to redress the balance. Debs knows more about my well-being than I do! I would highly recommend this therapy and I would definitely enjoy these sessions on an even more regular basis.

I wouldn’t feel so balanced in my job without this! I wasn’t a skeptic, but willing to try it out and now I wouldn’t do without it.

Felpham Community College work/life balance working party recommended a day to encourage staff to focus on the wellbeing as stated in the current policy.

Having met Debbie Stevens at the planning for success conference held at Avisford Park in April 2008, the senior leadership team decided to approach Debbie to book a day for ALL staff to take part in a “wellbeing” event.

All training at Felpham is open to all staff and feedback from staff is extremely successful, with staff taking away ideas to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

I am a teacher at St Robert School in Horsham. I met Debbie when she attended our school wellbeing day. I really enjoyed the reflexology session and appreciated the relaxation I felt. During this session Debbie explained to me what she was doing and which parts of the body she was working on when she touched each part of my foot.

As Debbie worked on me she paid particular attention to my ovaries….I didn’t think much of it at the time. When I fell pregnant I thought of Debbie and wondered whether she had any influence. Debbie said to me that if I had any troubles during my pregnancy to call her. Right at the end of my pregnancy I was told I had preeclampsia. The hospital wanted to induce me but I was not happy about the idea so I contacted Debbie.

I had two sessions with Debbie and how I felt after the sessions was remarkable. She gave me a little stone to hold onto in Labour to help me breathe and stay clam. I had a beautiful baby boy but panic broke when someone spotted a little purple stone on the bed. Had they stitched me up with a necklace inside me? I explained and we all broke out into laughter.

I really appreciated the reflexology I received from Debbie and will always be grateful to her. I would recommend Debbie to all of my friends.

Debbie has supported students in secondary schools by working directly with them in workshops and in the classroom. She obviously has an excellent rapport with them and is both professional and caring. Debbie rarely says no when asked to participate.

The EBP and its partner schools are extremely grateful to her for her continued support and enthusiasm. On a personal note, I thoroughly enjoy working with Debbie. She is always positive, happy to take part and willing to try something new.

A big thank you for joining us for our investors in health inset day. It was much appreciated and it must be rewarding for you to see the impact you have.

Thank you so much for the fantastic morning yesterday. The girls thoroughly enjoyed their manicures, pedicures, facials and reflexology. It was just the thing to keep them relaxed and not stressed before out internal exam week.

Please thank the team for us it was a perfect morning. The colour and style workshops went down very well and really inspired the girls for their next session of retail therapy. The whole pamper session was such a success that the girls would like to make it a regular event not just the weekend before their exams.

Thank you very much for organising with your therapists a wellbeing day for my staff. Everyone enjoyed the day. The workshops were informative and interesting.

The opportunity to have “time out” with each other and a bit of pampering gave us all a relaxing start to the new term.

The reflexology hand chart will be displayed in the staffroom, and already start are re-thinking their colour wardrobes. I am sure the positive impact of the day will remain with us for some time.

“Debbie and her fantastic team have provided their wonderful service to us for a number of years. Every year, the girls are keen to try several treatments and this service is just what they need to detach from the social media, regroup, and relax! With such busy lives as boarders, it is a great opportunity to just stop the clock for a while! We look forward to the next session!”

I just wanted to say a huge “thank you” for organising your team to come and visit the non-teaching staff at Farlington for our pamper evening. Everyone has come in today to say what a lovely time they all had! From the first point of contact, receiving the very informative Event Proposal through to the running of the actual event; your friendliness,

Everyone has come in today to say what a lovely time they all had! From the first point of contact, receiving the very informative Event Proposal through to the running of the actual event; your friendliness, care, and professionalism just shone through.

Also the fact that your team were able to adapt to our particular requirements was outstanding and for this we thank you so very much.

In November our Headteacher invited Debbie Stevens Wellbeing Events to visit our school. The Staff were asked to select from a number of treatments and consultations on offer. These included Indian Head Massage , Reflexology and Colour Me.

All Treatments and consultations were carried out to the highest standards and were very well received by the teachers. It certainly put a different angle on an inset day and left us all feeling relaxed but at the same time invigorated. I would highly recommend hiring Debbie and her team.

I met Debbie at a Headteachers conference and booked her for our September inset day. She organised sessions for my staff which included reflexology, head massage and colour consultant.

All staff had a half hour session which one of the therapists and all enjoyed the experience and professionalism of the team. One member of staff subsequently had follow up sessions of reflexology which has greatly helped her.

As an exercise in focusing on the staff wellbeing I felt that Debbie’s contribution was vital in recognising the importance we place on our staff. This helped to further develop relationships and professional confidence and I would recommend it to any school.

Debbie regularly provides training opportunities to promote health and wellbeing for all our staff as part of Healthy schools. Both teaching and non-teaching staff benefit from the vast range of activities she is able to offer to support healthy lifestyles.

Debbie plays a key role in developing social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) the only secondary tracker school in the south of England. Debbie is very well prepared and engages staff well in stress awareness and strategies to cope with pressures in today’s school.

My 6 weekly treat …. but necessary! After a very therapeutic session, I really feel relaxed and exhilarated all at the same time. I feel that I have had a physical and mental work-out which is so important in my profession. I’m often running on empty so this gives me time to redress the balance. Debs knows more about my well-being than I do!

I would highly recommend this therapy and I would definitely enjoy these sessions on an even more regular basis. I wouldn’t feel so balanced in my job without this! I wasn’t a skeptic, but willing to try it out and now I wouldn’t do without it.

I just wanted to say a huge “thank you” for organising your team to come and visit the non-teaching staff at Farlington for our pamper evening. Everyone has come in today to say what a lovely time they all had! From the first point of contact, receiving the very informative Event Proposal through to the running of the actual event; your friendliness, care, and professionalism just shone through. Also, the fact that your team was able to adapt to our particular requirements was outstanding and for this, we thank you so very much.

In November our Headteacher invited Debbie Stevens Wellbeing Events to visit our school. The Staff were asked to select from a number of treatments and consultations on offer. These included Indian Head Massage , Reflexology and Colour Me. All Treatments and consultations were carried out to the highest standards and were very well received by the teachers. It certainly put a different angle on an inset day and left us all feeling relaxed but at the same time invigorated. I would highly recommend hiring Debbie and her team.

I met Debbie at a Headteachers conference and booked her for our September inset day. She organised sessions for my staff which included reflexology, head massage, and colour consultant. All staff had a half hour session which one of the therapists and all enjoyed the experience and professionalism of the team.

One member of staff subsequently had follow up sessions of reflexology which has greatly helped her. As an exercise in focusing on the staff wellbeing I felt that Debbie’s contribution was vital in recognising the importance we place on our staff. This helped to further develop relationships and professional confidence and I would recommend it to any school.

I just wanted to say a very big thank you for the Wellbeing Event which you organised at our school. This is the second event we have held. The whole package was very professionally organised and all staff really appreciated the opportunity of having treatments and a presentation on style and colour. Staff felt really valued and have already asked when we having another event.

My 6 weekly treat …. but necessary! After a very therapeutic session, I really feel relaxed and exhilarated all at the same time. I feel that I have had a physical and mental work-out which is so important in my profession.

I’m often running on empty so this gives me time to redress the balance. Debs knows more about my well-being than I do! I would highly recommend this therapy and I would definitely enjoy these sessions on an even more regular basis. I wouldn’t feel so balanced in my job without this! I wasn’t a skeptic, but willing to try it out and now I wouldn’t do without it.

Felpham Community College work/life balance working party recommended a day to encourage staff to focus on the wellbeing as stated in the current policy. Having met Debbie Stevens at the planning for success conference held at Avisford Park in April 2008, the senior leadership team decided to approach Debbie to book a day for ALL staff to take part in a “wellbeing” event. All training at Felpham is open to all staff and feedback from staff is extremely successful, with staff taking away ideas to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

Debbie has supported students in secondary schools by working directly with them in workshops and in the classroom. She obviously has an excellent rapport with them and is both professional and caring. Debbie rarely says no when asked to participate. The EBP and its partner schools are extremely grateful to her for her continued support and enthusiasm. On a personal note I thoroughly enjoy working with Debbie. She is always positive , happy to take part and willing to try something new.

Thank you so much for the fantastic morning yesterday. The girls thoroughly enjoyed their manicures, pedicures, facials and reflexology. It was just the thing to keep them relaxed and not stressed before out internal exam week. Please thank the team for us it was a perfect morning. The colour and style workshops went down very well and really inspired the girls for their next session of retail therapy. The whole pamper session was such a success that the girls would like to make it a regular event not just the weekend before their exams.

Thank you very much for organising with your therapists a wellbeing day for my staff. Everyone enjoyed the day. The workshops were informative and interesting. The opportunity to have “time out” with each other and a bit of pampering gave us all a relaxing start to the new term. The reflexology hand chart will be displayed in the staffroom, and already staff are re-thinking their colour wardrobes. I am sure the positive impact of the day will remain with us for some time.

I just wanted to say a huge “thank you” for organising your team to come and visit the non-teaching staff at Farlington for our pamper evening. Everyone has come in today to say what a lovely time they all had! From the first point of contact, receiving the very informative Event Proposal through to the running of the actual event; your friendliness, care, and professionalism just shone through. Also, the fact that your team was able to adapt to our particular requirements was outstanding and for this, we thank you so very much.

Debbie has supported students in secondary schools by working directly with them in workshops and in the classroom. She obviously has an excellent rapport with them and is both professional and caring. Debbie rarely says no when asked to participate. The EBP and its partner schools are extremely grateful to her for her continued support and enthusiasm. On a personal note, I thoroughly enjoy working with Debbie. She is always positive, happy to take part and willing to try something new.

I first met Debbie at a wellbeing inset day at St James School where I was given a taster session in Reflexology. I had not experienced this before and was amazed at the insight she gained about my health from my feet. She picked up that I had been having chest and throat problems. unbeknown to her I had been to my doctors only the previous day to ask for help over tightness in my chest and my voice not being right only to be told there was nothing wrong.

After having children I went back to work on a part-time basis but my hours grew and I have ended up full time. My medical problems became a problem in 2004 and I ended up being off school for the whole of the summer term. The doctors could still not seem to find anything wrong with me and so I decided to return to school but did not feel 100%. My health was becoming such a worry that I decided to resign.

However, I have met with Debbie and she is the answer to my prayers. I started with weekly visits and now see her fortnightly. She has managed to de-stress me and for the first time in years, I did not lose my voice at the end of the term. I am probably the healthiest person at St James and would put this honour down to my reflexology treatments.

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Other School Wellbeing Workshops

What are the benefits?

Our School Wellbeing options have been designed to deliver a number of different benefits:

  • Reduce stress
  • Reduce sickness
  • Increase employee retention
  • Maximise energy & productivity
  • Build confidence
  • Promote team-building
  • Promote employee/pupil empathy
  • Show your staff and pupils they are valued
  • Promote a healthy school workplace & culture

Whether your school is large or small, we can create a tailor-made day of Wellbeing Solutions.

Our School Wellbeing Solutions can be scheduled to fit in with the school calendar, to maximise the available facilities. For example, workshops can take place on inset or training days, where classrooms, halls or gyms may be utilised.

Over the last 12 months the student Wellbeing options have become very popular due to the pressure on the schools to achieve higher exam results.  The feedback from pupils has been positive and they have all felt the "toolbox" of life skills is very valuable.

We have designed a range of ready-made School Wellbeing options that cover infants to seniors.

Alternatively, we are happy to create bespoke packages to suit particular requirements, including pupils that are under achieving through lack of confidence or on pupil premium.

Please read our testimonials from other schools we have provided Wellbeing treatments for.

Please contact us for further details of our School Wellbeing packages using the form below.

Wellbeing Solutions

A number of Wellbeing Solutions are available to suit different needs, age groups and requirements.

Why not give us a call and we'll create the day for you?

Programme 1: (5-16 years old)

  • 6 Week Programme:
  • 1 hr 15 minutes per week
  • 1 Reflexology Consultant
  • 1 x TA
  • 6 Pupils (selected by the school)

These are our proposed objectives for a six week Wellbeing programme.

  • Reduce sickness
  • Increase attendance & confidence
  • Stay focused
  • Enhance wellbeing
  • Understanding your body
  • Practical Advice

By the end of the Wellbeing Programme the pupils will be able to:

  • Recognise the signs of anxiety and use the techniques they have learnt in class to bring about a calming effect on themselves.
  • Learn how to use Reflexology techniques on the hands.
  • Have an understanding on how Reflexology works and how to apply gentle soothing techniques to balance and relax the bodies systems. This is a very popular therapy which is non intrusive there will be no removable of any clothing.
  • These techniques can be used in their everyday life.
  • The group also learn how to express their stress and anxiety through creative activities.
  • All the pupils that have attended this programme had parental consent.

Programme 2: (7-16 years old)

  • Advanced Reflexology Workshop
  • 40 minute Reflexology workshop for up to 20 pupils.
  • Ideal for year groups 3-11
  • Great stress buster to introduce for pre exam.
  • 1 Advanced Reflexologist
  • 1 Teaching Assistant
  • This workshop is fun and interactive.

Each pupil learns the art and origin of Reflexology and how it can help reduce stress and tension in the whole body.

Working as a group brings out the best in the pupils as they are very open and happy to discuss where their stress sits in their body. We then refer to the Reflexology hand charts and work out where the reflex points are that correspond with that particular area.

As a group we practice the massage techniques that will relieve the stress.

This is a life skill that can be used to reduce stress and tension in the pupil’s everyday lives and can be used as and when needed.

Programme 3:

  • 1 Advanced Reflexology Workshop for staff
  • 1-2-1 Holistic or Beauty Treatment for each member of staff
  • 3 x Advanced Reflexology workshops for pupils ( Years 3-7)

All of the above Wellbeing programmes can be adapted to suit your schools requirements.

(Ideal for Inset and training days or as part of your Kick Start or healthy schools week).

This would be an ideal starting point to introduce Reflexology to your staff, as they will have a better understanding of what is involved for the pupils that could benefit from our Wellbeing option 1 package.

Our aim is to support the mental health of children and to educate them on how to incorporate the Five Ways to Wellbeing into their daily lives. With good mental health everyone does better in every way, people are happier in their families, are able to learn better and enjoy friendships and new experiences. We all have our part to play in improving our own and each other's mental health. Let's help young people to take responsibility for their own wellbeing.

  • We will plan and deliver a fun and memorable day for the children, which is appropriate and meets requirements discussed.
  • Provide the children with ideas and tools, as agreed, around the Five Ways to Wellbeing that they can use.
  • Provide materials used within the workshops and healthy snacks.

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