Mental Wellbeing Team
The team works to embed the Whole School and College Approach to Emotional Health and Mental Wellbeing throughout Oldham. We are supporting schools to tackle mental wellbeing with a more holistic approach, helping to embed universal support for ALL pupils and ALL staff.
Each school has an allocated advisor, who can work with you to address your setting’s individual needs and enable you to drive forward the framework. This may be through consultation, curriculum planning support or training. Embedding a whole school approach can increase staff wellbeing and has also been shown to have a positive impact on pupil behaviour, attendance and attainment.
Meet The Team Members
Natalie Williams – Mental Wellbeing Coordinator
With a 15 year teaching background, culminating in a position as Director of Sport Natalie has long held a keen interest in wellbeing and the role schools can play increasing it. Natalie came into this role bringing the perspective of a teacher and amongst other things, leads on work with secondary schools, as well as on the introduction of the PENN Resilience Programme in KS3 and above across the borough. She also represents the team and their work across the Local Authority, Greater Manchester and links with the Opportunity Area Board.
Aimee Thomas – Mental Wellbeing Advisor
Aimee’s background in is counselling and psychotherapy, previously holding a position as Senior Practitioner for Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind. Aimee’s key area of interest is the principle of ‘staff health, development and wellbeing’, including how to best support schools in promoting this and its links with pupil support and wellbeing. Within her role Aimee leads on the team’s staff wellbeing offer including the Staff Wellbeing Index with Education Support Partnership, the role out of Zippy’s Friends for SEND pupils with Partnership for Children and has been working closely with Oldham Youth Council’s Our Minds: Our Voices work with young people.
Chrissy Orson – Mental Wellbeing Advisor
Chrissy’s background is also counselling and psychotherapy. She has worked for a number of years in education and mental health services in a variety of roles including being based within schools and the voluntary sector. Her passion is using her previous experience and qualifications to raise the confidence of staff to take on day-to-day wellbeing conversations with young people. Amongst the aspects of Chrissy’s role is leading on the Responsive Schools staff supervision project in collaboration with Intraquest CIC, and the expansion of the Zippy, Apple and Passport curriculums with Partnership for Children.