Monday 24th July 2017

North West Region - Summer News 2017 - Happy 5th Birthday To Us!

Throughout 2017 we will be celebrating five years of WISH in the North West. It's been quite a journey since the first tentative steps, and we're delighted we're thriving. We've always shaped our programme to meet our WISH members' and WISH friends' needs and aspirations, and we're changing things around some more in 2017.

This regional newsletter is one of the ways we’ll keep you informed of what we’re doing.


On 27 April, we had the opportunity to share an interesting topic – How healthy behaviours can help communities towards healthier lifestyles. Anni Hood, Wellness Business Consultancy, led discussions on a number of strategic approaches around changing cultures and some great examples of how targeted action can through a holistic approach and multi-agency collaboration help in improving communities health and wellbeing. A huge thank you to Becky Mather and IBI Group for hosting, and Pinnacle Group for sponsoring.

In the spirit of wellbeing and looking after oneself, WISH NW hosted a Mindful Self-compassion and Meditation workshop on the 11th May 2017.

The two hosts were Kate, who runs self-compassion training for carers, and one of our WISH NW board members, Jacquie Adams, who has been a regular practitioner of meditation throughout her life.

The event was well-received, with everyone finding the event a peaceful interlude in the usual hectic working week and with some great tips to take away to use in our daily lives. So, when it’s all getting a little too hectic: stop, take a breath, give yourself a little hug: then carry on with your day in a more mindful way.

What’s next?

Our programme for 2017 is ever growing! For our upcoming events please see WISH North West Events page.

We are always interested in using new venues.  If your organisation is able to host an event, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

Meet the New NW Board Members

We recently advertised for two new board members. We just want to say a massive thank you to all who took the time to apply, we had such a fantastic response and it was genuinely so difficult to choose just two, so instead we chose three. We would like you to meet:

Siobhan Ryder: Siobhan has been a marketing professional for 17 years working across a number of sectors including automotive, logistics, construction and affordable housing. She has a Professional Diploma in Marketing and an MSc in Marketing Management. Siobhan puts the customer at the heart of everything which is important in her role as New Business and Marketing Manager for Willmott Dixon.

Liz Brown: Liz is an Associate working for the Residential Team in Pozzoni Architecture, with extensive experience in Project Management and Contract Administration. She is a CPD co-ordinator, with responsibility for organising a lively programme. Through work she has had the opportunity to mentor at Xaverian College in Manchester and this will be her fifth year of being involved in the programme.

Kam Urwin: Kam has over 17 years of experience of working with charitable and not-for-profit companies centred on celebrating diversity and inclusion. Kam has a passion for working with people and ensuring a more fairness for all, which has led her to working for organisations supporting victims of domestic violence, people with sensory impairments and more recently staff within social housing. Kam has delivered mentoring programmes for HDN across the country and managed them for the last two years.

We are delighted that the following organisations are corporate members of WISH NW:

A Connolly Ltd, Altair, Equity, ForViva, Grant Thornton, Housing Diversity Network, IBI Group, Irwell Valley, Magenta Living, New Charter, Pozzoni, Progress Housing Group, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, Six Town Housing, Sovini, Trowers & Hamlins and Wulvern Housing.

For an annual £250 fee, corporate members can send any 4 colleagues to each event, giving added flexibility, as well as saving on individual membership fees.  There’s also Corporate Plus membership which covers 5 colleagues at each event and allows unlimited job advertising on the WISH website.  If you’d like to know more about individual or corporate membership, please contact Jacquie Adams If you’re interested in corporate membership across two WISH regions, please contact Katie McDonald

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