THE BLOG

Oct
30

Dog picture

Blue 2



Oct
30

CONNECT, BE ACTIVE, TAKE NOTICE, KEEP LEARNING, GIVE

We’ve been researching the Teen Brain for training programmes we are delivering. What we need to do to support young people through adolescence is largely what we need to do to promote our own wellbeing. Check out the New Economic Foundation Five ways to wellbeing messages. This link is to a MIND page with some good practical tips.

I’m just off to walk the dog!

Connect, Be Active, Take notice, Keep learning, Give



Apr
30

Good resources

I’ve been checking Duncan Selbie’s Friday Messages and here are a few good ideas….
- Check out the Early Intervention Foundation, the go to organisation for evidence and advice on early intervention for tackling the root causes of social problems for children and young people.
- Have a look at Start4Life, , the programme to support parents to be and new parents. There is a new interactive resource on there to support breast feeding.
- The Change for Life programme has a new Be Smart Food app, aiming to make it easier to make healthy food options.



Dec
14

What are your mental health and wellbeing training needs?

Training Needs Analysis, Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing.

If you work with children and young people, please tell us about your training needs, in relation to mental health and wellbeing, by filling in this survey. This work is being undertaken as part of the Future in Mind programme for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and your responses will be used to develop training, which you will be able to access in 2017.



May
08

Wellbeing

wellbeing

Wellbeing, ‘the state of being comfortable, healthy and happy’ (Oxford dictionary). Although it may appear to be an ambiguous term, the mental health charity mind base their strategy on helping individuals improve and maintain their mental wellbeing. Here at Mair Health the team have been researching into the different routes to achieve such a state and the importance of it. We are even having a monthly theme of ‘achieving wellbeing’, where at the end of May we will discuss how we prioritised our own wellbeing and how we are going to ensure it remains in the future. After a team day out at Ragdale Hall health retreat, a sense of wellbeing was definitely achieved! It got me to wonder how was it that a day spent relaxing, reading books and eating delicious food leads to such satisfaction and happiness. After digging a bit deeper into my thoughts I learnt that the sense of wellbeing was achieved due to the fact that I had time to do the things I LOVE and that often get missed in a busy working life. I therefore pledged to ensure I have at least 30 minutes a day to read a book followed by 30 minutes of relaxation, be it walking the dog or colouring in (our new favourite hobby at Mair Health HQ).

So, we challenge you to understand what it is that makes you feel a sense of wellbeing and PRIORITISE these things on a day-to-day basis. After all, the world is a much better place through the eyes of a happy, healthy you!



May
03

Welcome to new team members

Here at Mair Health we are happy to report we are still working with our core associates Adam and Colette. We would like to welcome new associates to the team – Sara who heads up our northern office, Alice who is supporting the data and information functions and Ellie who is supporting social media and marketing. Great to have an ever expanding team. As Ranieri can demonstrate it’s all about team work!

 

LCC



May
03

Congratulations to Leicester City FC and all supporters on becoming Premier League title winners. Amazing and historic and a great time to live and work in and around Leicester!



Jun
26

School Nursing service survey

We want to hear young people’s views on the School Nursing service in Leicester. Please follow this link to give us your views

School Nursing survey

 



Nov
21

1001 critical days

We’ve got Izzy staying (8 months) with her lovely mother Sara.  It reminded me of how important early attachment is. Check out 1001 critical days.



Aug
05

Dog health

Two of us in the office have recently got dogs and I can confirm they are good for health! Physically I’m out and about a lot more, and emotionally, it makes me happy when he wags his tail



Jun
23

Child and adolescent mental health services

We are looking at how to facilitate change to CAMHS across the country to ensure quality, evidence based services that provide what children, young people, their parents and carers want.  This means change for services.  Have you read ‘Who moved my cheese”?



Jun
23

Healthy Eating

We are excited to be researching what works to promote healthy eating. Over 50% of adults, over 30% of 11 year olds and over 20% of 4 – 5 year olds in the UK are obese or overweight.  Many people are eating food that is calorific but not nutritious.



Jun
23

Children and Austerity

Good to hear people who care talking about Children and Austerity at the University of Nottingham Children and Childhood Network Annual Lecture.  The big question is what is to be done?



Mar
17

Welcome to the Mair Health Family

Here at Mair Health Ltd we are great believers in the positive impact that animals can have. Knowing this, Liz is excited to announce that Blue, a Labrador puppy will join us on Easter Saturday!



Mar
17

Maternal depression and offspring obesity

Check out these interesting findings posted on The Mental Elf website linking chronic maternal depression with and increased risk of offspring being obese

 



Jan
28

Barnardos

It’s great to be working with Barnardos on the Fulfilling Lives bid



Jan
28

Great North Run

Some of us are in training for the Great North Run 2014. We are learning it’s good for health and wellbeing get out of breath and be outdoors



Oct
06

Jo and Joe: Nottinghamshire food experience

We went for a lovely walk looking for conkers in Clumber park today. Great walk but disappointing burger in the Clumber Park Hotel – no Sunday dinner, on a Sunday!



Oct
06

Coaching in Leicestershire

Liz is currently involved in three programmes of performance coaching for teams working in Leicestershire. The coaching consists of two one-to-one sessions, where goals are agreed and actions to meet the goals explored. We are delivering some great results the sessions are evaluated really well by staff taking part.



Oct
06

Adam in America

Adam has left us to spend some time in the USA. Have a great time Adam, we all miss you!



Aug
02

Working with Deborah Bird

We have put in a proposal to deliver joint training with Deborah Bird. Deborah is a Leicestershire based artist and has undertaken work and exhibited all over the world. Check out her website. We are really excited about the prospect of working together!



Aug
02

Jo and Joe: Leicestershire food experience

Jo: Had two meals at the Phoenix this week.  Strange chicken burger with feta and olive salad.  Individually all oKay but an odd combo.  Joe’s chicken and bacon salad was also okay, but he would have liked bread or crutons with it. Later on the same day I had the Thai fish cakes.  Bad choice on my part as I don’t like mash – should have had the chili con carne which I’ve had in the past and is tasty and very good value



Jul
21

Charnwood Locality Partnership Group

We presented the ‘working with disabled children and their families’ work to the Charnwood LPG this week.  Parents and professionals gave us lots of ideas about how to continue to improve services and we are delighted the LPG members were so receptive to taking the recommendations forward



Jul
21

Jo and Joe: Leicestershire food experience

Jo: Had a cuppa and ham sandwich at the Jade Tea Rooms in Newtown Linford today. Joe had poached egg on toast which looked delicious and gave me food envy.  This is a good solid cafe, providing quick and efficient service, full of walkers and cyclists and dogs (outside).

Writing this food blog is making me realise how much we eat out!  Good food, as part of our work, is an important part of  Mair Health values



Jul
21

Jo and Joe: Leicestershire food experience

Jo: Delicious salad box from Willi Canes on King Street, just near Leicester City Council.  The bombay pototo and mutter paneer worked well with the fresh salad bits (lots of choice). Joe had a fruit salad box. Great fresh food at a really good price



Jul
12

Jo and Joe: Leicestershire food experience

Jo:  went to cafetwoten on Narborough Road with Joe and Jayne from Fun and Families.  This was after a really good meeting about marketing.  The food is OK here and I had a passable mushroom omlette. What was really nice was the dressing on the too small bit of salad I had. Next time i’ll ask for more salad and no chips. The staff are always friendly.

Joe enjoyed his chicken ceasar salad, good chicken but no anchovies, a strong 3 out of 5!

Joe2 had a bacon and tomato sandwich which looked good but a bit sloppy



Jul
12

Jo and Joe: Leicestershire food experience

Jo: After a really good meeting at the Surestart Children’s Centre in Shelthorpe, Loughborough, I popped into Cooking Made Simple, Park Road (near Tescos).  I really like this place – good food, you can always park and find somewhere to sit.   A hidden treasure. I had a delicious Insalate Mediterranae con Formaggio; hallumi cheese on roasted vegetable with canellini beans. Could have eaten it again!



Jul
12

Mair Health Juicer

We bought a juicer for the office yesterday – had a great apple, carrot and ginger mix to start the day with a bang! Thanks Ellie



Jun
22

This above all

to thine one self be true, and it must follow as the day the night, though canst not be false to any man



Apr
09

Bluebells

We went looking for Bluebells in Leicestershire today.  RB thinks they may be a couple of weeks  yet as there was still snow on Burrough Hill!



Apr
09

Mair Health Tweets

We have just started using Twitter again, so check us out @mairhealth



Feb
25

Culturebabies in Manchester

Great ongoing work in the North West linking babies with museums and galleries.  Check out the new Culturebabies blog 



Feb
25

Jake Connor McCarthy

Jake McCarthy was an exceptional person and he is sadly missed every day.  



Nov
21

Song of the day

Check this out – worth a listen



Nov
21

Swannington

Oh, and don’t forget the Christmas Market on Sunday 2nd December at Houge Mill, 4pm – 7pm!



Nov
21

Swannington Heritage Trust

We are working with Swannington Heritage Trust to look at developing the offer for under 5s and improving links with local children’s centres.  We spent a happy couple of hours looking at the railway incline, goarse meadow, old pits and spectacular windmill.  What the volunteers have achieved is remarkable and really exciting.  Check it out here



Oct
06

Thanks..

..to Mary, the lovely welsh woman who showed great kindness yesterday.  Liz went for lunch with no money for the food or car park. Mary didn’t hesitate to pay for the both. Diolch yn fawr!



Sep
26

What we are reading and listening to

BOOKS: Siddartha, Herman Hesse; Cosmopolis, Don DeLillo; A Possible Life, Sebastian Faulks

MUSIC: Alt J, Cold Mountain Soundtrack, David Kitt, David Bowie

 



Sep
26

Linking museums and culture with children’s centres

We are currently involved in another project to build links between local museums and culture with families who use the children’s centres in Leicestershire.  We know from research and previous work that these spaces are rich in learning opportunities for parents and under fives, and are often fun and free.  Check out Ashby de la Zouch Castle. Although there is a charge for this one, under fives go free.  A great place to visit on a nice day.



Sep
26

MAIR Health in New York

Liz recently went to New York and checked out some of the museums and galleries for suitability for under fives.  The one where they seemed to be having the most fun was the Natural History Museum



Jul
23

Congratulations to the Early Years Team in Manchester Museum and The Whitworth

Excellent work to improve provision to very young children and their families at the Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum has recently been recognised.  The partnership in Manchester were joint  winner of the 2012 Clore award for museum learning. Check the link here which outlines the work and prize.  We were involved in evaluating the provision, and were bowled over by the passion and drive shown by the team, who aim to improve links with local communites



Jul
23

Bradley Wiggins

Were very excited about the Tour de France results and looking forward to the Olympics



Jun
10

Margaret Rees Mair

On the 10th May 2012 Liz’s dear mum died.  She was a great woman, intelligent, resourceful, caring, hard working, positive and truly happy with her lot.  She will be missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her.  Liz would like to thank all of her family, friends and colleagues who are providing love and understanding.  Margaret’s chosen charity was NSPCC, so if  you are looking for a charity this is a good one!.

 



Jun
10

Song to check out

We’re listening to this in the office at the moment – check it out, Looper 77, 0ldie but goldie!

 



Apr
24

Favourite author of the moment

In the office at the moment we are enjoying SELF by Yann Martel, weird but good!



Apr
24

Shout out to Alice Taylor

Good luck Alice in your new role in London Town!



Apr
24

Supporting Parent Volunteers in Leicestershire

The programme of goal setting and confidence building is now coming to an end. We have really enjoyed working with parents and the evaluation today showed that the volunteers enjoyed and benefited from the Confidence Workshop we ran



Apr
24

Early Years Arts and Culture programme in Manchester

We’ve just completed and evaluation of the very early years work at the Manchester Museum and The Whitworth Art Gallery.  Keep a look out for the new website promoting what’s on, it’s a really exciting and innovative programme



Mar
15

COACHING PARENTS

We are currently working with parent volunteers to support the important work they do to develop the children’s centre programmes. We are helping parents develop goals and identify what they need to do to reach the goals.



Mar
15

WE WANT TO TALK TO CHILDREN UNDER FIVE WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR PARENTS AND CARERS

We are just starting a project looking at how to make children’s centres more appealing and accessible to under 5s with disabilities, their parents and carers. If you have any views or ideas please contact us



Mar
15

GOOD EARLY YEARS WORK IN MANCHESTER IS RECOGNISED

Congratulations to the team who have been long listed for the Clore award for the early years work. Check out the blog!



Mar
15

UNDER TWOS IN MANCHESTER

can now benefit for the specialist provision at the  Manchester Museum and Whitworth Art gallery.  We are now coming to the end of evaluating the provision  and have some really interesting findings which show under 2s, their parents and carers like and benefit from attending sessions linked to the exhibitions.



Jan
05

BLOG & WEBSITE EVALUATION

We are now undertaking a really interesting project which involves evaluating a blog and website.  Our findings will be used to develop of the use of the blog, develop good practice guidelines and increase use and function of the website.  This is a growing area with huge potential to help facilitate communication and the sharing of information.



Jan
05

RECENT projects

We are currently involved in evaluating the provision for under 2s, their parents and carers at the Mancester Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery.  This is a very rewarding and enjoyable project and we are establishing some very useful and interesting findings.

We are also involved in reviewing a community service provider team in the midlands.



Jan
05

HAPPY NEW YEAR

We would like to wish you all a happy and healthy 2012.  These are some of our resolutions; to be more active, to go to see more live bands, to practice mindfulness and live in the moment



Nov
23

EVALUATING provision for under 3 year olds

This is a really interesting document that was recommended to us recently, sics-ziko-manual.  Although designed for care settings it can be applied to any early years setting.  Continue reading



Nov
13

MOODOMETER

This Moodometer app has been recommended to us here at MAIR HEALTH. Thanks Emma!



Nov
13

MAIR HEALTH in Manchester

Mair Health and Mair Education are delighted to be working with Manchester Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery.  Over the coming months we will be evaluating the Museum and Gallery offer to the under 2 age group.  This is really exciting and important work.  Not only is visiting museums and galleries fun, recent evidence shows that “in the early life period, interactions and experiences determine whether a child’s brain architecture provides a strong or weak foundation for future health, wellbeing and development”  ; Families in the Foundation Years, 2011 DfE, DH



Nov
06

CultureBaby

Check out the work of CultureBaby on the website. The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and Manchester City Galleries are working together to highlight innovative cultural practice with the under twos.



Nov
06

MUSIC is good for the soul

Here at Mair Health we believe that music is important, and recognise that it contributes to our emotional health and wellbeing.  Check this out, from  Blue Sky Black Death.



Oct
10

MAIR HEALTH supports the BHF Robin Hood Bike Ride 2011

This year we are supporting a rider in the 36 mile off road challenge through Sherwood Forest and Clumber Park.  Funds raised will support the British Heart Foundation.  If you want more information and would like to donate, please click on the link DONATE NOW.  Good luck Adam!



Sep
30

MAIR HEALTH supports Movember

Issues around men’s health are often ignored.  The aim of Movember is to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate, testicular and other cancers.  Check out the website and see how you can help.



Sep
29

Emotional wellbeing

This week we’ve been planning the delivery of emotional wellbeing services.  This got us thinking about all the things that we can do to promote good emotional and mental health.  Here are some ideas we came up with; GO FOR A WALK, TALK TO FRIENDS, WATCH A FILM, FIND A HOBBY, DO SOMETHING FOR OTHERS.  The New Economics Foundation is a good website to look at for tips and ideas.



Aug
24

Facilitating an event

This week Liz is preparing to facilitate an event in the North. This will involve working with a group of stakeholders to ensure services are planned and work well together, to avoid duplication and make the best use of resources.



Aug
22

FUN AND FAMILIES

Today  Liz is working with a charity, Fun and Families, looking at their marketing strategy. They are a Leicestershire based charity and do great work to promote parenting and positive behaviour in children and young people.  22nd August 2011



Aug
19

IMAGES

We’ve been looking at these images by Deborah Bird artist.  These beautiful paper and ice sculptures are photographed through a variety of light sources.

 



Aug
14

Big Society

There is a chance for community groups to get money to develop projects that contribute to developing a Big Society. Funding is available on application from Leicestershire County Council



Aug
04

Developing a bid

This week Liz has been working on a project led by fellow consultants. This has involved research and developing service models with the client



Aug
03

Mair Health and Mair Education are working together

Mair Health and Mair Education are working with groups to help them develop projects and find funding.  This is all about being part of The Big Society.



Jul
24

Welcome to MAIR HEALTH

Welcome to MAIR HEALTH

This is our new website! let us know what you think.