At Futures in Mind, we believe we can improve people’s lives through the application of psychology and how we deliver our service. Founded in 2017, we understand the imperative for our company to operate responsibly. To this end we seek to embed a strategy of ‘giving’ in the work we do.
‘Doing a kindness produces the most reliable momentary increase in wellbeing of any exercise we’ve tested.’
Martin Seligman, founder of Positive Psychology.
We will freely dedicate our time and energy to support you.
Working in partnership with you, our intention is to use a proportion of the profits that we generate to support and deliver projects that benefit the wider community. This is our ‘giving’ strategy. Each year, we will be seeking inventive and imaginative ideas from you that are aimed at supporting social justice and inclusion, with a particular focus on social and emotional wellbeing. We want to support ideas and projects that benefit wider school communities, particularly those who are disadvantaged. To summarise, we will work with you to not only develop these ideas but also design and deliver your project.
Indeed, there is a psychological basis for this approach. It is widely recognised and documented that ‘giving’ can have multiple benefits, not only for the recipient but also for those ‘giving’. Such benefits include increases in terms of satisfaction, happiness and wellbeing. In addition, it is proposed that these benefits underpin and support cooperation. So it is with this in mind that we invite you to work in partnership with us to implement ‘Community Interest Projects.’
Initially, we plan on supporting one project each year.
The problem we want to tackle – social, emotional and mental health.
It is recognised as a hugely important issue affecting society. Many news stories and political agendas draw a sharp focus on the need to respond proactively, using evidence-based approaches to promote positive mental health and wellbeing.
- Half of lifetime mental illness starts by the age of 14.
- Children and young people are more likely to experience mental health issues if family members also experience mental health difficulties.
- Around 1 in 10 children and young people have a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder and/or emotional and behavioural difficulties. Around 1 in 7 has less severe problems that interfere with their development and learning.
- Anti-social behaviour and conduct disorder affect over 5% of children, particularly boys, while anxiety and depression affect 4%.
- Suicide, attempted suicide and self-harm are an increasing issue amongst children and young people. Indeed, suicide is one of the three most common causes of death in youth and is rising.
- Do you have a creative, innovative approach that seeks to demonstrate impact beyond your school gates?
- Would you like support in the development, design and delivery of your project?
- Do you want support, freely provided, from a team of educational psychologists, drawing on their knowledge and expertise?
If so, then get in touch: we would love to hear from you.
Community Interest Projects
making a difference through collaborative working
COMING NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR – a series of training sessions delivered via the web that you can access.
Details of training topics will be published in the near future.
At Futures in Mind, we recognise the importance for schools to provide continuous professional development for their staff. Such training ensures that staff are fully prepared and have the confidence to fulfil their roles and meet the needs of all those children and young people under their care. However, in the current financial climate, this can be difficult to achieve. We want to help.
Training through technology – At Futures in Mind we are pioneering the use of webinars so that the training we provide can be accessed easily. Webinars provide a platform whereby you are able to join a training session live, via the internet, and interact as if you were present.
We look forward to you joining us soon.
Training through technology
Transforming practice through targeted training
Learning forums provide an interactive platform where shared learning can occur.
At Futures in Mind we recognise that learning is not a ‘one off’ experience but an on-going process. A process that begins on the training day and one that needs to continue beyond this if the learning, skills and knowledge acquired are to become embedded as part of everyday practice. To support this learning process, we are going to establish interactive learning forums.
Learning forums are essentially an on-line platform where participants from courses can pose and answer questions; share their learning experiences and continue to acquire knowledge that will support their practice.
Check here to join our learning forum