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Meditation at the Medshed, Sandbach, Cheshire


There are different methods of meditation from both east and west but all have the same goal in mind, to help still the mind and access a higher level of consciousness bringing clarity and peace to our being.  Deciding which kind of meditation is for you may be confusing.  By visiting the Medshed in Sandbach you will have the chance to speak with experienced meditators who can explain the western method practised at the group meetings.

How to deal with gaps in your employment history

Ann Webster

Whatever the reason, a gap in your employment needn’t be a major problem.  You just need to understand how to frame your answers when you (inevitably) get asked at interview.  In this article, Ann Webster - CV Writer and Interview Coach - provides some tips on how to deal with the situation when it arises.

At some point in your professional life, it is likely that you will experience a gap or break in your employment.  This could be due to a number of very legitimate factors, including illness, maternity or paternity leave, redundancy, caring responsibilities or to retrain.  Maybe you were young and fancied a year off to travel. 

Brightstone Clinic: Open Meeting on Wednesday 7th May from 12.45-1.45pm, lunch provided

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Following the success of our Open Meeting for referrers' on Monday 24th March, we are hosting another on Wednesday 7th May from 12.45-1.45pm. Lunch will be provided.

We've identified a need to set up a meeting for those organisations who wish to make referrals to us. It will be a chance to meet Director of the Clinic Maurice Tomkinson and Outreach and Development Manager Ann Webster, to discuss our referrals process and network with other local organisations. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions to organisations who currently refer to us to get feedback on how we work.

Promoting local organisations: Cheshire East Parent Carer Support Service

Cheshire and Warrington Carers Centre

In each newsletter, we offer a free space for a local charity or organisation to promote their service. In our May edition, we are delighted to introduce Cheshire East Parent Carer Support Service.

Cheshire & Warrington Carers Centre are a local charity providing information, advice and support to carers across Cheshire. The Centre has a specialist service for parents and carers of children and young people who have a disability or have additional needs.

From Stress to Resilience: Free Networking Events with CPD Certificate

9th June networking event

These will take place on Monday 9th June and Monday 15th September from 12.30-2pm at The Hope Street Centre in Sandbach. After sending out some invites for our April event we were fully booked in 2 days, and our May event is already over-subscribed. If you feel you or a member of your team could benefit from joining our then please let me know as soon as possible so that we can reserve a place or places. 

Laughter Therapy: Is laughter really the best medicine?


Imagine there was an anti-depressant that reduced blood pressure and stress hormones, evened out blood sugar levels, improved the immune system, made you smarter, helped you sleep and also had pain killing action.  Imagine this medication was not addictive, safe even in large doses, had no side effects, virtually no contra-indications and people were giving it away for free!  In this article, Kathy Herring - Therapist at The Hope Street Centre - argues that these are some of the many benefits claimed for laughter which have been backed up by research.

The Resilience Programme Case Study: keeping stress-related absence at zero for 2 years

Maintaining Resilient Thinking

Ann Webster presents a Case Study which describes how one Cheshire organisation has maintained zero levels of stress related absence for the second year running, after implementing The Resilience Programme. Ann also reflects on how working with a diverse range of individuals in organisations has highlighted that there is still a gap between how we, as coaches, trainers and therapists perceive resilience, and the reality of what our clients think it’s all about.

Ear Candling is not about burning the candle at both ends!!


Ear candling has been part of our ancestry, across the whole world for several thousand years when they would have used some kind of mud pack with a hollow reed placed in the centre and set alight. The practice then is not dissimilar to the candles we use today but, now we use specially prepared hollow, conical shaped candles made with linen and beeswax. Through the centuries ear candling faded out in Europe after the the Egyptians but it was the Hopi Indians in North America who kept it alive and helped the West to re-discover the practice.

Traditionally ear candling was an essential part of the Medicine man's kit as was the knowledge of herbs and plants, and today a parent or partner might carry out the session on a child/adult at home with guidance being passed down through families, reading books or using the world wide web where advice and candles can easily be bought. 

An overwhelmingly positive experience at Brightstone Clinic...

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Since we launched in February 2012, 45 clients have been screened and connected with Brightstone Clinic counsellors. There have been many more people (another 30 enquirers) who have contacted Brightstone Clinic, but after screening have been referred to more suitable services, either a more experienced or specialist practitioner at the Hope Street Centre or they have been directed to other services in the local community more appropriate to their needs, for example: drug and alcohol services; NHS Emergency Mental Health services; Autism assessment services and so forth. Every free telephone consultation was completely confidential which seemed to enable clients to speak openly and honestly about their concerns.

Tianne Croshaw and Ann Webster celebrate Resilient Friends

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Looking at the ways in which those close to us manage adversity can give insight into the true nature of resilience.

Let's face it - we all get what I call 'Lifed' at times and whilst some people get feelings of inadequacy, fear or anger, others seem to class the challenges and the feelings that go with them as a 'wobble' to be overcome. As I thought about the points in my life where I use to feel down it dawned on me I handled negative situations so much better and have for some years. I suspect it is no coincidence that this more resilient approach came from opening myself up to new deeper friendships and allowing myself to receive as well as give.

About us

The Hope Street Centre is an independent centre located in the attractive rural market town of Sandbach in South Cheshire, with easy access to the M6 motorway and the railway network at Crewe.  The centre is readily accessible from the neighbouring towns of Congleton, Alsager, Middlewich, Holmes Chapel, Knutsford, Crewe, Kidsgrove, Winsford, Northwich, Warrington and Stoke on Trent.

Our Address: 10 Hope Street, SANDBACH, Cheshire, CW11 1BA
Telephone:      01270 764003

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Brightstone Clinic - a not for profit organisation operating from The Hope Street Centre premises, offering low cost counselling. Placements available to volunteers in training or recently qualified counsellors.
The Resilience Programme - resilience building programme for mindful employers looking to invest in the health and wellbeing of their workforce.

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