Mindfulness and Work Preparedness Pilot

In 2011 Third Wave in partnership with Department of Health and Managers in Partnership established a pilot programme to prove the concept of using mindfulness to support participants in their recovery journey and preparedness to employment.




A group of 28 including 5 support workers began training which resulted in 8 securing employment and 18 participants requested to follow a teacher training course for mindfulness. 12 are now fully trained as mindfulness teachers with Breath works and deliver taster sessions, intervention and courses to unemployed and marginalised groups, patients and health professionals. 9 participants also received training from University of Bangor which enabled them to offer breath worksg on the NHS Randomised Control Trial into mindfulness at work.

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What is Mindfulness?

Based approaches are intended to teach practical skills that can help with physical and psychological health problems and ongoing life challenges. Mindfulness is taught through meditation skills which include bringing attention to the breath and the body during stillness and movement.Mindfulness uses meditation to develop the ability to pay deliberate attention to our experience from moment to moment.

We learn to tune in to what is going on in our mind and body today. Becoming more aware of our thoughts, feelings and sensations may not sound like an obviously helpful thing to do, however learning to do this in a way that suspends judgement and self criticism can have? surprising results.

Many people report finding inner strengths and resources that help them make wiser decisions about their health and life in general.

Mindfulness Learning can help us to:


  • Learn new ways to handle our moods and emotions.
  • Enable us to take better care of ourselves so that we are able to live our lives in a fuller and healthier way.
  • Promote a way of being that helps us tackle life problems physical, mental, social and emotional.
  • Learn to be aware of the small changes in the physical sensations in our body; what is happening in the world around us (using our physical senses) and our thoughts, emotions and moods.


The mindfulness programme encourages us to develop the skill of being aware of our experiences- good and bad, pleasant and unpleasant- from moment to moment so that we can learn to respond more skilfully to situations rather than simply reacting automatically. Overall, the course is often helpful in dealing with an ongoing difficulty the problem may not change but we can learn to relate to it differently.


Benefits include:


  1. Reduced psychological distress
  2. Reduced depressive symptoms and rates of relapse for depression
  3. Reductions in stress, anxiety and anger
  4. Reduction in fatigue.
  5. Enhanced psychological functioning, quality of life and positive mood states.
  6. Increased energy and vitality better health condition and pain management.
  7. Improvements around risk taking behaviours and drug use




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Why mindfulness is relevant to you and your workplace? 

Studies have shown that increases in mindfulness are associated with increased creativity, decreased burnout and improved productivity.

Mindfulness-based interventions are well suited to support the growing number of professionals living with employment uncertainty. With the advent of globalization, increased job flux, and rapid changes in the world of work, feelings of employment insecurity are becoming more prevalent, with potential implications for wellbeing, and in some instances, work-related stress.

How do you begin to practice mindfulness in a corporate or office environment? In an atmosphere where you may be easily distracted habitually shuttling between the past, future and multiple projects, mindfulness may seem impossible.

Mindfulness can be particularly helpful in emotionally charged situations. Sometimes when we simply react to a situation, we behave in ways that we know are not necessarily wise, productive, or efficient. When we simply react our actions often unbalance our work lives.

 In essence mindfulness training is based on focussing on oneself and ones place in the here and now, with the mind recognising and acknowledging inner as well as outer discomforts, and then transforming this into positive emotion. This entails learning about different body postures within meditation i.e. sitting, lying, kneeling, and walking. In addition to this, helpful techniques on clearing ones mind of many thoughts to a position of staying focussed in the reality of ones own environment in every sense, is at the heart of mindfulness.

 Mindfulness may also contribute to well-being in a direct way by adding relaxation and vividness to experience. The core skill that Mindfulness teaching offers is to intentionally shift mental gears.

Currently research is underway, funded by the University of Oxford and the University of Bangor, involving several projects centred around the concept of cognitive reactivity (the way in which small mood changes may induce patterns of negative thinking which can lead to an increase in negative mood states or reactivity) and how our memory for past events sometimes succeeds and sometimes fails to switch off this type of thinking.

With support from public and health sector mentors, Mindfulness Champions work with staff to show them how to use meditation-related techniques during the workday to improve workplace relations, productivity and wellbeing





Third Wave organises a variety of mindfulness courses and taster sessions for local communities and the public sector workforce.

These courses are in high demand and early booking is advised.

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For more information on mindfulness courses please contact

Programme Coordinator:

Maryam Ganji  



Tel: 0161 761 -7900  

Mob: 07543528772


Centre For Community Mindfulness 

31 Liverpool Rd,


M3 4NQ