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What we do

Flourish – Wellbeing Solutions delivers training in trauma informed practice and child mental health. We believe that children’s wellbeing improves when knowledgeable and skilled adults support and nurture them in both school and home settings.

The impact trauma plays in a child’s development and future mental health can be extremely damaging. Our Trauma Informed Schools training and accreditation as well as two-day Child Mental Health First Aid training aims to create knowledgeable and reactive adults who can mitigate some of these damaging effects to create better life chances.

We can offer bespoke training to schools, organisations and parent groups in all aspects of mental health along with consultancy in autism and anxiety, and whole school approaches to wellbeing.

We believe that a collaborative approach to children’s wellbeing is essential and we are ambitious in our aim to create a joined up approach within authorities.

Flourish-wellbeing training is informed by and adapted from evidence in the most recent research, but we also pride ourselves on delivering training which is based on common sense and focusing on solutions.

Our recent experiences in schools both in the classroom and in leadership roles give us a clear vision of what training has impact and what can make a real difference to your pupils and staff.

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Alexander Den Heije

“When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower”

Ursula Hodgson
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Ursula Hodgson

Founder & SEND Consultant

Ursula has vast experience of supporting pupils’ social, emotional and mental health needs in her previous role as Pastoral Deputy Headteacher in a large secondary school. She has led an experienced team of safeguarding and pastoral staff with a strong ethos of compassion and care along with high expectations.

She is fully committed to an emotionally intelligent approach to supporting all pupils as well as those who are the most vulnerable and troubled. This belief was apparent through the structure of expertise and ethos of the pastoral team she led. With experience of Transition and the issues that it can create, SEND, behaviour management and mental health awareness as well as the demands of being a Designated Safeguarding Lead, she has an immense amount of experience caring for pupils.

The Ofsted report from 2015 stated ‘The school’s work to keep students safe and secure is outstanding’ and ‘The attention given to students’ personal development is a considerable strength of the school and makes a significant contribution to their good achievement and behaviour’.

Pupils’ mental health needs are best supported in school in the first instance and Ursula believes it is paramount that staff receive excellent training in a wide range of areas to create expertise within schools. School staff should be equipped to face the growing challenges of promoting mental wellness. Ursula completed the two day Mental Health First Aid course and was inspired to help support staff further though being a MHFA Instructor.

Ursula is happy to visit schools to give advice and guidance in establishing a strong ethos of compassion and care along with support in creating a mentally healthy school. She also has vast experience of establishing excellent safeguarding practices including being Designated Safeguarding Lead. Get in touch to discuss bespoke support for your school.

Emma Griffiths
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Emma Griffiths BSC (Med) Hons

Founder & Senior Autism Consultant

Emma Griffiths, a senior Autism Consultant and specialist teacher with over 16 years of experience of working with children with autism and their families. Emma started teaching in 2003, after completing a degree in Psychology and a PGCE with Qualified Teacher status went on to teach in variety of Mainstream and Special needs settings. Emma’s main experience was within the Special Needs sector as a Autism Specific teacher, where completing a master’s degree at Birmingham University, attending TEACCH training with Gary Mesibov and specialising in teaching and delivering a curriculum for children that are non-verbal.

Emma has been recently certified as a Bricks for Autism certified trainer in Lego Therapy, the UK’s leading Lego Therapy provision in Cambridge. See bricks-for-autism.com for further details. NW Autism & SEND Consultancy is the only provider within the North West that offers Licensed Lego Therapy, which is really exciting and is really starting to make an impact in the therapeutic world as a viable therapeutic approach for developing communication and social skills.

North West Autism and SEND Consultancy is a new company, it is established on years of experience in specialist teaching, qualifications and is at the cutting edge of autism and special needs delivery. This company firmly believes in sharing and supporting children with autism and special needs to achieve their potential. Emma also works for the National Autism Society as a moderator assessing schools for Autism Accreditation in different settings.

Emma has spoken at both Autism Shows in both Manchester and Birmingham around sensory issues, restricted eating and autism in June 2019 and is really gaining momentum as a leading trainer for both families and professionals in the field of Autism. After recently speaking at National Education Union training on Child Mental Health and Autism & Anxiety for school staff, NW Autism & SEND is constantly evolving to meet the diverse needs of children in today’s challenging society.

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