Teenage victim of Manchester bombing becomes first Youth Ambassador for Mindfulness in Schools Project

Marking the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, a national mindfulness charity announces today that a sixth form student from Huddersfield who was involved in the 2017 Manchester Arena terrorist attack becomes their first Youth Ambassador, having found vital support in her meditation practice following the bombing.

Emily Brierley was 15 at the time of the suicide attack, in which twenty three people died and 139 were wounded, more than half of whom were children. She says mindfulness and meditation changed her life. Having struggled to deal with the psychological trauma following the event she used mindfulness to learn to accept her feelings and accept what she was going through.
“Now, if I hear loud bangs, alarms, sirens, certain music or other things that could trigger difficult emotions I can be mindful of that and prevent those feelings from progressing. I have also been able to take many lessons away from the bombing and recognise how strong I am as a result.”
Emily first discovered mindfulness when she was 13 and suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. She now practices formal mindfulness meditation about three times a day for up to 30 minutes each time, which she says not only helps energise her but also allows her to be positive and grateful during the day. ‘I can feel a big difference in myself if I haven’t meditated’ she reports. ‘Sometimes, just taking a few deep breaths can make a big difference and allow you to bring yourself back to your body so you can recognize how you feel and what you might need in that moment.’
Since the bombing Emily has become a trained meditation teacher and has helped lead a mindfulness workshop for victims of terror at the Warrington Peace Foundation, which included those involved in the Tunisia beach attack, the London Bridge attack, the Warrington bombing as well as war veterans. She is now passionate about bringing mindfulness to more young people and using mindfulness to support people through difficulty and trauma, and will train to teach the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) curricula to other children in schools.
MiSP is a national charity which aims to improve the lives of young people by providing them with high-quality, research-based classroom lessons. They train teachers to teach secular mindfulness in schools, providing a life skill that children can come back to time after time to help them manage difficulty and flourish. Nearly 5,000 teachers have already attended their life-changing training, and their curricula is used worldwide, having been translated into 12 languages.
‘Mindfulness is an amazing tool for young people… to use to relax before an exam or be present in a classroom (for example) can then be your biggest means of learning about yourself as a person and also other people’ says Emily. ‘The way mindfulness stopped me comparing myself to others, creating drama, giving me clarity and focus and so many other things is priceless’.
MiSP is launching its Youth Ambassador programme to mark Mental Health Awareness Week and as part of its ‘A Million Minds Matter’ appeal, which aims to reach a million young people over the next five years.
To find out more, visit mindfulnessinschools.org, email enquiries@mindfulnessinschools.org, visit their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @dotbschools

Primary school children encouraged to get Sun Safe and design a slogan with Boots Soltan


This summer, the Soltan Sun Ready Schools programme from Boots is encouraging primary school children to get creative and design a campaign poster and slogan featuring sun safety behaviour and practices.

This year’s Sun Ready Challenge encourages primary school children to put pencil to paper and design a poster and slogan of how they stay safe and have fun in the sun, whether that’s putting on sun cream, wearing their best sunglasses or donning their favourite summer hat. The competition is part of Soltan Sun Ready Schools, a curriculum-linked programme providing free teaching resources that help to equip teachers and pupils with all the knowledge they need to stay safe on warmer days. All of the resources can be used in school, as well as back at home so that parents can also practice sun safety behaviours with their children.

Boots Soltan is the only leading brand that offers 5* UVA protection to prevent permanent skin care damage, and by educating young people aged 5-11 about how to stay safe in the sun, the campaign is ensuring that they adopt healthy sun safe tips at an early age that will last a lifetime. This is even more important as 23% of sun damage occurs before the age of 18.

Michelle Pytlakowska, Global Assistant Brand Manager at Boots Soltan said:

“So far, we have reached over half a million primary school children with the campaign and this year we hope to reach many more. We can’t wait to see the kinds of designs the young people come up with! By taking part in the Sun Ready Challenge, they have the opportunity to get creative and demonstrate their knowledge on how to stay safe in the sun, which is so important during the summer months. The lucky winner will see their design displayed as a poster in a Boots store in their local area.”

Adam Jensen, Teacher at Chaddlewood Primary School, Plymouth said:

“My class love getting creative, so I know they’ll be really excited about this competition from the Soltan Sun Ready Schools campaign. Educating children in sun safety practices is really important, and having them design their own poster will really show their knowledge of how to stay safe in the sun.”

As well as the competition, the Soltan Sun Ready Schools resources include lesson plans, teachers’ guides, student- facing videos and homework activities that are available again to use this year. With fun, creative and engaging content, the materials include ideas for Sports Day, Summer Fairs, assemblies, science experiments, writing tasks and information for parents, all designed to educate about sun safety.

The first 100 schools to sign up to the resources site will be sent a Soltan Sun Ready Registration Pack, and the first 100 schools to enter the Sun Ready Challenge will receive a Soltan Sun Ready Competition Pack.

The Sun Ready Challenge opens for entries on 29th April. All designs must be submitted by 14th June. To enter visit: www.soltansunready.com/for-schools/competition

To download the fun, free, curriculum-linked resources go to: www.soltansunready.com/for-schools

Minimise the spread of germs with vomit bags from Eureka!

When sickness occurs in your school, it is vital to protect your staff and pupils from the spread of germs. With the CareBag® vomit bag available from Eureka! you can ensure that the risk of contamination is minimised, sickness odours are eradicated, and splashing is avoided.

CareBag® vomit bags have a super absorbent core that will quickly turn up to 450ml of bodily fluid into an easy to dispose of gel. The draw string closure system allows for hygienic sealing and eliminates vomit leakages.

Ordering vomit bags for your school couldn’t be easier than with Eureka! Both standard packs of 20 and travel packs of 3, complete with fresh wipes for hand and face cleansing, are available with free next working day delivery to UK mainland addresses.

Find out more and order yours at www.eurekadirect.co.uk, or call the team on 0800 358 0085 quoting product code VOM1 for the standard pack or VOM2 for the travel pack.

About Eureka!
Eureka! has been a well-trusted leading supplier of first aid, hygiene and safety supplies to UK schools for nearly 20 years. The drive to ensure complete customer satisfaction is clear with its 30-day no quibble guarantee on all products, easy free returns process and free delivery on all orders, regardless of the order quantity. The dedicated and longstanding sales team have a wealth of knowledge to answer any questions you may have and will ensure your order is processed quickly and correctly. Find out more at www.eurekadirect.co.uk.

Discover the new range of children’s learning posters from Eureka!


Trusted schools brand Eureka! has launched a new range of fun learning posters designed for children from 2-12 years on its website www.eurekadirect.co.uk.

The “Know Your” posters cover a range of topics suited for younger children including animals, numbers, shapes, colours and seasons, as well as an older-children’s range that focuses on learning goals such as multiplication, addition and telling the time.

Printed in bright eye-catching colours the range is designed to attract and hold a child’s attention and make your learning environment look exciting and fun. There are even 3D versions to encourage child interaction within the classroom.

Posters are available in A2 & A3 formats and printed on a variety of material types from standard to heavy-duty, so you can be sure to find the most suitable version for your wall. You can even conveniently purchase a display frame if required.

To view the full range, visit www.eurekadirect.co.uk.

Mind the mental health gap: Employees are THREE times more likely to discuss physical ailments over mental health issues at work

The disparity in physical and mental health at work is laid bare in new research from the ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ campaign, as it launches its new Workplace Manifesto1 ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May 2019). A OnePoll survey of 2,000 employed adults reveals that, on average, 42% of employees feel comfortable discussing prevalent physical conditions, compared to just 14% who feel they can talk about common mental health issues.

Commissioned by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England and Bauer Media UK for the ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ campaign, the research also shows that:
• Only around 1 in 10 workers would feel comfortable speaking about self-harm, psychosis, eating disorders, postnatal depression or schizophrenia
• Almost 40% of employees would be ok talking to their manager about cancer compared to just 12% who feel they could discuss bipolar disorder
• We would rather talk about diarrhoea [29%] than depression [26%] with our manager

The research shows the persisting mental health gap in the workplace, with first aid skills a clear indicator of this. Over 7 in 10 employees know basic physical first aid, such as how to bandage a finger or treat a minor burn. But just over a third [36%] feel confident talking to colleagues about common mental health struggles with stress and depression in the workplace – a basic part of Mental Health First Aid training.

The findings illustrate that there must be a fundamental change to ensure we treat mental and physical health equally in the workplace. In response to this, and to mark the ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ campaign’s first birthday, its new Workplace Manifesto is setting out a bold call for leaders to strive for an understanding and commitment to workplace wellbeing.

From today employers up and down the country will be encouraged to sign up as official supporters of the Manifesto and commit to recognising the need to prioritise mental health, build diverse and inclusive workplaces, treat mental and physical health equally and turn mental health awareness into positive action.

Commenting on the findings Simon Blake OBE, Chief Executive of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England said: “Despite the increased awareness around mental health in the workplace, employees are telling us that there is still a significant gap in how we think and act about physical and mental health at work.

“To address this gap, employers are being encouraged to translate awareness into action and stamp out the stigma of mental ill health in the workplace. The manifesto we are launching today gives employers the opportunity to show their commitment to protecting and supporting their people’s mental health.”

“This manifesto is a mission statement for a healthier working world, where people’s mental health is supported and protected and where wellbeing is at the heart of all we do. By signing this manifesto organisations from all sectors, and of all sizes, will join us in striving towards healthier working environments for everyone.”

Paul Keenan, President of Audio Bauer Media Group commented: “Our manifesto is a call for change: a call for fellow employers and MPs to join us in striving to do more for mental health care in the workplace for the benefit of our people and our businesses. The ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ campaign is putting a spotlight on mental health in the workplace and we hope this movement will deliver true cultural impact and create a seismic change in society.”

Karl Simons, Chief Health, Safety and Security Officer at Thames Water, and a signatory of the Workplace Manifesto, said: “Our mental health first aiders are a catalyst for engagement and have inspired a cultural revolution at Thames Water. Confidence has grown throughout the company with people now much more willing to come forward, talk and seek support at their time of need, with records showing we’ve had five mental health first aid interventions for every physical one over the last year.”

Natasha Devon MBE, campaigner and author said: “Whilst many employers are claiming to take mental health more seriously, the feedback I’m getting on my travels around the UK is that many of them are paying it lip service. Our research shows that people still feel the stigma of discussing mental health in the workplace, fearing they will be seen as ‘unprofessional’ if they do disclose a mental health issue. That’s why, one year on from when we called for a law change to make mental health first aid mandatory in the workplace, we have expanded the range of recommended actions employers can take. We spend a third of our lives at work and we can’t leave our mental health at the door – it’s essential businesses get this right”.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, Bauer Media UK and Natasha Devon MBE are calling on employers, business leaders and MPs from across the country to sign up to support the ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ Workplace Manifesto. The goal is to sign-up 50 leading employers by the end of Mental Health Awareness Week. Visit: http://www.wheresyourheadat.org/

Maths on Toast ‘Bites’ – showing how maths is creative, fun and for everyone.

Maths on Toast – the family maths charity – today launches ‘Bites’, a series of short ‘How To’ creative maths videos presented by children aged between 8 and 11. Aimed at primary school children and their families, our group of enthusiastic ‘maths advocates’ demonstrates a range of fun, hands-on maths activities that families can try together.

The 5 short films, along with accompanying activity instructions, are available on Maths on Toast’s website www.mathsontoast.org.uk/bites

Maths on Toast’s mission is to promote positive attitudes to maths.

Bites will broaden children and their families’ view of what and where maths is, and show that maths can be creative, family fun. An instruction sheet for the activities demonstrated in each film will be available to download. Families can try them together at home – they could also be used in school or community settings. Trying them, enjoying them, and being aware that this is maths, will change the whole family’s perception of maths; learning together through play and discovery will increase confidence and create positive memories of maths.

Bites was developed in partnership with The Winch children’s charity and youth centre, and funded by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

45 children from The Winch took part in the films, which were directed by Sebastian Thiel at Upshot Entertainment.

Participation in fun, creative, interactive maths activities and being given the time and space to explore mathematical concepts helps build positive experiences – the first step towards changing attitudes towards maths and addressing maths anxiety. Defined as a debilitating emotional reaction to maths, maths anxiety can reduce confidence, motivation and achievement in maths and is a difficulty that can be passed through generations of families or even passed on in the classroom (Carey, Devine, Hill, Dowker, McLellan & Szucs 2019, Understanding Mathematics Anxiety: Investigating the experiences of UK primary and secondary school students).

Lucy Davis, CEO, Maths on Toast “Maths on Toast Bites illustrate perfectly that ‘maths is everywhere and for everyone’. The films show fun, creative, hands-on activities that we hope will be shared far and wide to inspire children and their families to look at maths in a different light and explore the many possibilities that maths has to offer. The enjoyment of maths in its many forms provides the first step to creating a positive attitude to maths that can help counter maths anxiety and a lack of confidence in maths.”

Rashid Iqbal, CEO, The Winch “Maths on Toast is showing that children love to learn when learning is child-centred, and that we can nurture an intrinsic joy to mastering maths. I am always delighted to see projects in action that assert the value of informal education and champion the principles of community-driven pedagogical practices.”

Sebastian Thiel, Founder, Upshot Entertainment “Working with Maths on Toast and the young people was beyond amazing! All of the young people were fully engaged and found every maths game and activity extremely fun. As someone who hated maths growing up, I was astonished to see how fun maths can be, especially for young people.”

Comedian Harry Hill joins Beano to hunt for Britain’s funniest primary school class


Iconic British comedian and author Harry Hill has been announced as special guest judge in Beano’s nationwide search to find Britain’s Funniest Class.

Teachers up and down the country have until May 10th to put forward their class’ very best jokes, gags and funnies to be in with a chance of being crowned the winner.

The top ten jokes chosen by Harry Hill and Beano’s gag makers will appear on Beano.com with kids voting to decide who will be Britain’s funniest class. The winner and two runners-up will each receive a bundle of Beano annuals comic subscriptions and a special VIP Beano visit, including a joke workshop.

Primary school across the UK can submit their classes’ jokes up until 10th May 2019 online at https://schools.beano.com/

Last year the iconic TV presenter released his second book in the ‘Matt Millz’ series to inspire kids to start out in comedy. ‘Matt Millz Stands Up!’ tells the story of the youngest comedian in the world facing the fickle finger of fame.

Harry Hill said: “This competition is an incredible opportunity for British kids to release their inner-comedian and let loose their imaginations.

It’s a great way for kids to show they know best when it comes to telling rib-tickling jokes and show the adults how it’s done.”

Mike Stirling, Editorial Director at Beano Studios said: “At Beano we’ve been giggling with kids for 80 years and we are on a mission to spread their much needed humour across the UK.

Jokes are meant to be silly, naughty and imaginative; they are also the perfect way of injecting some much needed LOLZ into the classroom whilst encouraging kids to develop their literacy skills.

We’ve had some fantastic entries so far and we are looking forward to reading more of the best jokes from across the country.”

Classes can source further inspiration from Beano’s ‘Joke Generator’ which hosts 80 years’ worth of classic jokes at www.beano.com/jokes

Beano’s Funniest Class competition closes for entries on May 10th.
Teachers can enter via https://schools.beano.com/


Teenage Cancer Trust have received a massive fundraising boost from their partnership with ‘Young Voices’, who stage the largest children’s choir concerts in the world. The partnership raised £133,000 in 2019, improving on their 2018 total of £98,000.

During January and February 2019, Young Voices staged 24 nights of concerts, with approximately 5-8,000 school children performing each night. Concerts took place at four venues across the country: The 02 Arena in London, Genting Arena in Birmingham, FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield and Manchester Arena. The children were accompanied by a seven-piece live band made up of some of the UK’s leading musicians, backing singers, and internationally acclaimed conductor, David Lawrence.

An incredible £88,847.04 was raised by Teenage Cancer Trust volunteer bucket collectors and text donations. The remaining £44,560.27 came from dual branded charity wristbands which were sold at the venues each night. Teenage Cancer Trust recruited a huge team of 400 volunteers to help the event run smoothly and raise as much as possible.

Teenage Cancer Trust are the only UK charity providing specialist nursing and support to 13-24 year olds diagnosed with cancer. The support from Young Voices could pay for Teenage Cancer Trust’s team of 36 Youth Support Coordinators (YSCs) for a month, and fund a YSCs’ activity budget for a year. YSCs are funded by the charity to provide social and emotional support to young people with cancer. The activity budget allows YSCs to organise events, games and activities for young people with cancer.

Teenage Cancer Trust Honorary Patron and legendary frontman of rock band, The Who, Roger Daltrey CBE said:
“Young Voices do fantastic work to inspire a new generation to find their love for music, something Teenage Cancer Trust feels very passionately about -  making this partnership quite special. I hope that everyone who participated or attended one of these concerts feels very proud of themselves. They’ve helped to further the charity’s vital work to ensure that every young person diagnosed with cancer in the UK receives age-appropriate care and support.”

Ben Lewis, CEO of Young Voices, said:
“I am delighted that this year Young Voices has been able to raise such a phenomenal amount of money for Teenage Cancer Trust. This charity makes such a difference to young people with cancer, providing them with crucial care and support at what is the most challenging of times. What’s wonderful with this event is that thousands of young people have been performing to raise money to help other young people in need. Everyone involved should be incredibly proud of the role that they have played in raising vital funds for this inspiring charity.”

Jane Ashton, Head of Music and Entertainment, Teenage Cancer Trust, said:
“We are so grateful to all the children that took part in the concerts and to our fantastic partner, Young Voices, for their continued support. Teenage Cancer Trust are the only UK charity dedicated to providing specialist nursing and emotional support to young people with cancer, so donations such as this are vital in keeping these services going. A huge thanks from Teenage Cancer Trust!”

To find out more about the vital work Teenage Cancer Trust does to support the seven young people diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK, visit www.teenagecancertrust.org

KYOCERA Document Solutions unveils new brand proposition to enhance channel partner growth

New digital services will empower KYOCERA’s partners to transform their customers’ businesses

KYOCERA Document Solutions UK today announced a realignment of its brand identity and market positioning, reaffirming the organisation’s commitment to enabling its partners and customers to put knowledge to work and transform their businesses. The new brand identity will support the ongoing evolution of the business as it seeks to help its dealers provide a more comprehensive service to their customers.
Software and services are becoming increasingly critical to KYOCERA’s long-term strategy for growth, for the company itself and its dealer-partners. The company will be launching new content management services in October and building strategic partnerships with innovative providers to develop cloud solutions, unified communications service and robust IT infrastructure.
These changes combined will enable its partners to broaden their own solution sets and take on greater responsibility for their customers’ IT estates, helping them to grow their businesses. With end users increasingly wanting to consolidate the number of IT suppliers they work with, there is mounting pressure on channel partners to diversify their offering, rather than specialising in one area. KYOCERA’s new brand positioning will enable channel partners to add new digital solutions that go beyond print and document management to deliver a range of benefits to their customers, improving business efficiency and productivity.
Rod Tonna-Barthet, CEO at KYOCERA Document Solutions UK, commented: “We are really excited to take our company forward to this next stage in our journey, developing our services to fully support our corporate philosophy. We have been successfully enabling businesses to improve their sustainability and operate more efficiently for a number of years, with innovative print and document management technologies. Now, as more businesses embrace the technologies of the digital transformation, we are in a strong position to expand our service portfolio, improving collaboration in the workplace through unified communications solutions and business workflows with enterprise content services.
“Our partners are central to the success of our business and are at the core of our focus for this transition, we want to give them all the tools and technologies they need to help their customers transition to digitally-focused workplaces. With our expanded portfolio of services, our channel partners can go to market with a more comprehensive proposition for their customers, adding value across their technology estate, which complements their focus on printing and document management. We believe our new value proposition will help our channel partners build revenues, maintain their margins and develop new business opportunities,” Rod concluded.