Did you know presenteeism accounts for 90% of employee lost productivity, with only 10% being due to absence?

On average, for every £1 spent on supporting their people’s mental health, employers get £5 back on their investment.

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Catriona Davies Partner

I firmly believe that mental wellbeing is at the heart of everything that we do. When we have mental ill health or are suffering from stress, it impacts every aspect of our life, family, workplace, our enjoyment of social activities…the list is all encompassing. My own experience of mental ill health and that of friends and family members, has highlighted why it is so important that we provide mental health support within workplaces. Mental ill health can be so isolating. It creates barriers to the very people we ought to be reaching out to, for support.  Fear of stigma, or shame surrounding mental health ill health, creates that barrier and deepens the sense of isolation and often exacerbates the condition itself.

It is because of my own experience and belief that mental wellbeing is such a fundamental in our life, that Scott and I have created Come Alive UK to break down some of those barriers within workplaces and provide that crucial support. Throughout my career I have had an interest in mental wellbeing and have trained in counselling, coaching and am a qualified family mediator through Relationships Scotland. I also provide workplace mediation to companies and organisations, where staff need support to have an effective working relationship. I bring my unique blend of skills and experiences to Come Alive UK, so that effective and high-quality interventions are at the heart of all the services that we offer.  Simply we seek to transform the culture around mental health within companies and organisations.

Qualifications

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Community Education
  • Registered Mediator
  • Instructor Certificate in First Aid for Mental Health
  • Certified Coach Practitioner
  • COSCA Counselling Skills Certified

Skills and Experience

  • 20 years’ experience of developing and delivering a wide range of training courses in the public, private and third sector
  • 15 years management experience in a variety of roles and sectors, including leading and supporting teams through organisational change, development of operational and strategic plans and delivery of adult learning programmes
  • Over 10 years’ experience working within the NHS as a Wellbeing Service Manager, which provides support around mental health and physical health change. This role included responsibility for delivering a range of training relating to physical and mental health, to clinical staff and managing the clinical team delivering the service
  • Extensive experience of developing learning materials that are adapted to meet differing learning styles, working contexts and delivered in innovative ways
  • Highly experienced family and workplace mediator, which demands exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to relate to a wide range of clients, with a broad range of backgrounds and professions.
  • Certified Coach Practitioner, with extensive experience with a wide range of clients from both the public and private sector
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Scott Newby Partner

My personal passion is in relation to mental health at work, and since accepting my own wellbeing challenges, I feel I am on a mission to ensure that positive mental health is promoted and supported in every workplace in the UK. I am a big believer that with the right guidance, all organisations can be both a great place to work for staff, as well as being Commercially successful. In fact, as evidence clearly suggests, the two go hand in hand!

As the Founder of NewbyCore Consulting, I am proud that we have delivered Accredited First Aid for Mental Health training to over 250 people as well as Mental Health Awareness sessions to hundreds more.

Since sharing my own story of Mental Health in 2018, I have invested my time and energy in using my skills and experience to support other organisations to better support their employees. It is this shared passion that led to Catriona & Myself setting up Come Alive UK. With our shared passion & complimentary skills, we believe there is no-one better to be a People Partner for organisations that want to truly invest in their people.

I am a huge advocate for the importance of First Aid for Mental Health – however it is just the beginning. That is why we have formed Come Alive UK, to partner with organisations to help ensure the wellbeing of employees is part of the culture. With a ‘prevention is better than cure’ mindset, we can implement some practical and cultural changes that will make every organisation a great place to work…and at the same time, maybe help in making the world a slightly better place.  

Qualifications

  • MA (Hons) Degree in Business Management with Marketing
  • Level 3 Award in Education & Training (RQF)
  • Instructor Certificate in First Aid for Mental Health
  • Instructor Certificates in First Aid at Work & Emergency First Aid

Skills and Experience

  • Excellent levels of experience in relation to training, coaching and people management.
  • Senior Management experience with Lloyds Banking Group, with responsibility for a large operation. Consistently led the way in both commercial performance and colleague engagement.
  • 14 years’ experience working in the corporate sector managing change, and creating an environment for high performing & motivated teams.
  • Qualified Adult trainer with a Level 3 Award in Education & Training, as well as a qualified instructor of First Aid for Mental Health.
  • Delivered First Aid for Mental Health Training to over 250 learners in 2019. The feedback has consistently been exceptional, with the ‘quality of the trainer’ question consistently receiving 5 stars out of a maximum of 5 stars.
  • Excellent communicator with extensive experience of public speaking in both internal and external settings.

A selection of clients Catriona & Scott have worked with in relation to Mental Health in the workplace:

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Testimonials

  • As an external support Catriona has been able to get to the key challenges much more quickly than someone who is embedded in the existing culture. Her rapport building skills mean that this connection happens quickly.

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    NHS Scotland
  • Scott is brilliant at guiding you through the course and is a very engaging speaker. I would recommend this course and Scott to anyone with an interest in First aid for Mental Health.

    Gillian McGoldrick,
    Tollcross Housing Association
  • I attended the FAA Level 3 Award in supervising first aid for mental health course in Glasgow, in Sep 2019...delivered by Scott Newby. Scott delivered the course in a way that was very easy to understand and he made everyone feel relaxed. Scott is very passionate about mental health and very professional...I found the course very inspiring and helpful....it opened my mind and gave me a much better understanding of my role as a First Aider for Mental Health.

    Angela Crawford,
    Barrhead Travel
  • I felt completely supported by Catriona. She created an engaging and protected environment, to enable us to make the most of the opportunity.

    Kiran,
    Project Manager, NHS Scotland
  • Delivered brilliantly, with a team of participants on the course with a wide variation of experience, roles and knowledge - everyone was given a voice and platform to share their stories allowing everyone to learn and understand. Would highly recommend Scott to anyone - professional crafted sessions - loved it.

    Jamie Murray,
    AmazeRealise
  • Scott is so approachable and knowledgeable. I met some great people on the course who I’m still in touch with. Cannot recommend Scott enough. He is great!

    Gem Croft,
    Carr Gomm
  • I attended the FAA Level 3 Award in supervising first aid for mental health course in Glasgow, in Sep 2019...delivered by Scott Newby. Scott delivered the course in a way that was very easy to understand and he made everyone feel relaxed. Scott is very passionate about mental health and very professional...I found the course very inspiring and helpful....it opened my mind and gave me a much better understanding of my role as a First Aider for Mental Health.

    Angela Crawford,
    Barrhead Travel

We know that these are extraordinary times that we are currently living in. We have created a guide for managing staff wellbeing during COVID-19 and beyond, which covers:

  • Why its important to support your staff’s mental wellbeing
  • Causes and signs of workplace stress
  • How to support your staff’s mental wellbeing, with some practical tips

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