Monthly Archives: March 2018

//March

‘How to thrive and not just survive’ – Zoe Thompson

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This month we have celebrated International Women’s Day.  A time of reflection as well as celebration, much like the Springboard programme. Women are incredibly strong, powerful and a lot more resilient than they give themselves credit for! We are women, wives, partners, mothers, daughters, bosses, leaders, influencers, negotiators, and multi-task masters, and so much more! As we live, we learn and grow; we develop and evolve into who we want to be.  One of my favourite parts of being involved in the Springboard programme is watching the participants take time out to explore their identity, reflect on their experiences, identify [...]

‘How to thrive and not just survive’ – Zoe Thompson2020-07-08T21:14:15+01:00

‘What advice do we give to children that we need to give ourselves as adults’ – Zoe Thompson

2020-07-08T21:14:15+01:00

What advice do we give to children that we need to give ourselves as adults? 1.  Distraction “ooh look, look what’s over here” Adults distract children from tears and pain.  How we can we distract ourselves in a positive way?  What can we control in any situation and where are we placing our focus. 2.  Playtime “Go and let off some of that energy and have some fun” What do you do to have fun?  Children tend to be more active but their playtime is fun filled and active.  We need to laugh more as adults, the physical and emotional [...]

‘What advice do we give to children that we need to give ourselves as adults’ – Zoe Thompson2020-07-08T21:14:15+01:00

‘Mind the gapssssss ramblings’ – Chris Gunning

2020-07-08T21:14:16+01:00

English Oxford Living Dictionary Definition: Gap: A difference, especially an undesirable one, between two views or situations I hope that I’m a reasonable, fair-minded sort of man – I try to be. I think that it is quite outrageous that people undertaking the same job of work are not paid equally – regardless of their gender. I’m no legal expert, but I believe that I am correct in stating that such practice is illegal, i.e. breaking the law of the land. Ford I Dagenham comes to mind (see the film ‘Made in Dagenham’), as does Birmingham City Council, not forgetting, more [...]

‘Mind the gapssssss ramblings’ – Chris Gunning2020-07-08T21:14:16+01:00

‘Men, Women, Language & Mental Health’ – Jon Toulson

2020-07-08T21:14:16+01:00

Let’s be honest, the stereotypes that men don’t show their feelings, or talk about them either, must have stemmed from some kind of truth and experience in society at some point, otherwise how does anything become a stereotype in the first place?   However, when it comes to attitudes towards mental health, and our ability to talk specifically about this serious area of health and wellbeing, perhaps we are still living within the boundaries of these stereotypes, and colluding with society’s view about men in general! The Men’s Health Forum1 is a registered charity based in London and their mission is [...]

‘Men, Women, Language & Mental Health’ – Jon Toulson2020-07-08T21:14:16+01:00

‘Weinstein, The Presidents Club, Oxfam & Other Amazing Male Role Models’ – Jon Toulson

2020-07-08T21:14:17+01:00

In 1992 ITV brought “Men Behaving Badly” to our living rooms.  It was a tongue in cheek, light hearted parody of male stereotypes that jumped on the band wagon of society laughing at the somewhat clumsy, unskilled, care-free behaviour of young men in 1990’s England – and which coincided with BBC2’s tongue in cheek light hearted parody of female stereotypes programme “Absolutely Fabulous”, which oddly enough depicted the somewhat clumsy, unskilled, care-free behaviour of two early middle aged women (including a mother) in 1990’s England – but which, it seems, society rather more embraced than laughed at! Harmless “Men Behaving [...]

‘Weinstein, The Presidents Club, Oxfam & Other Amazing Male Role Models’ – Jon Toulson2020-07-08T21:14:17+01:00