Here we answer some fo the most frequently asked questions about High Five Wellbeing and child mental wellbeing in general. For more information see the About page – or just get in touch.

Q: Who do you work with?

A: Children and teachers in North West schools

Mind Train CIC founder Gemma Barton says: “Through lottery funding and being employed by schools in Wigan, I’ve managed to deliver mindfulness courses to over 1,000 primary aged children.  

“I also ran a weekly club in my local area called Digiwell, which is a club that uses tech and gaming to engage children around wellbeing. 

“In my teaching role, I work part-time a couple of days a week at a primary school, in Wigan, as Y5 teacher and Wellbeing Lead.

“Last year, I worked to be the first school in Wigan to gain the Emotionally Friendly Schools Accreditation, and I’ll be using some of my experience of that going forwards.”

Q: What are your qualifications?

A: We have teaching experience and wellbeing training

Both co-directors are qualified teachers with years of experience in the classroom, which led them to want to study how to help improve children’s mental health and wellbeing.

Gemma teaches Year 5 children and is the school’s Wellbeing Lead. She helped the school become the first in Wigan to achieve the Emotionally Friendly Schools Accreditation.

Gemma said: “I also trained with Bangor University’s Teacher Training Pathway at Level 1 to teach the 8-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Course, which is recommended by the NHS.”

Former SEN teacher and Mind Train CIC co-director Clare Hales has a Masters Degree in Psychology and is studying towards a PhD with Edge Hill University.

Clare runs Developing Matters CIC, which offers resources, workshops and training around mindfulness for adults and children.

Q: Are you operating during the pandemic?

A: Yes! Our training can be done online.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, High Five Wellbeing training will take place with teachers online.

The training is backed up with teaching resources and support via an online community, so this can be achieved remotely without the need for Gemma or Clare to go into schools.

Covid has actually made having in-house mindfulness experts even more essential, and Gemma says it was the pandemic that made her want to offer the “train-the-trainer” model which High Five Wellbeing is based on. 

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What parents say

“My son goes on a Friday and absolutely loves it. He looks forward to it all week. Gemma is brilliant with the kids and the fact that they’re actually learning important things while having fun makes it extra worthwhile.”
Parent of Digiwell participant

“My 8yr old son loves his Digiwell sessions each week. It’s a welcoming environment, not intimidating, and Gemma is so friendly, approachable & very knowledgeable. He has gained in confidence and really looks forward to his Friday evenings. Would highly recommend.”
Parent of Digiwell participant

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