Articles by Ann Lowe

Half price offer on Calm Zone download - £4 instead of £8

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Calm Zone is much more than a relaxing audio. Created and delivered by Tianne Croshaw, a Master Clinical Hypnotherapist and Stress Management Consultant, it is filled with subliminal messages to programme your subconscious mind to  remain calm in every day and more challenging situations that would normally 'niggle' you and spoil your wellbeing. After 7 days of listening you will notice a big difference in your calm levels and after 21 days of regular listening you will have created a new automatic habit of being more mentally and emotionally resilient.

Join our resilient community

Resilient community

What does being 'resilient' mean to you? What tools and techniques do you use to build your own resilience? We'd love to hear from you and so hereby invite you to join our resilient community. The community is made up of hundreds of like-minded individuals who are coming together on social media to provide support and guidance to one another on a range of topics relating to resilience. By 'Liking' our Facebook page, you will have the opportunity to connect with other people, share knowledge and receive our regular updates. 

Coaching for resilience


One-to-one coaching is a core element in The Resilience Programme, and our clients consistently feed back that they would like to have access to regular support whilst they work towards their goals.
We understand the importance of continuing to support our clients on an individual basis, and we therefore offer the opportunity for anyone to book one-to-one coaching sessions with a coach of their choice. Coaching provides you with the opportunity to continue to check in and work on your personal goals, challenges and development as time progresses. Our coaching is delivered in the tranquil environment of The Hope Street Centre, giving you the opportunity to leave behind the demands of day-to-day life and focus for a while on yourself, your work and what you are aiming for.

Understanding your 6 Human Needs can help you with your career choices

6 Human Needs

Have you outgrown your current role, or are you looking for work which you can feel good about? Having an understanding of your 6 Human Psychological Needs can help you to learn what type of job will make you feel most fulfilled. In the article that follows, Ann Lowe, professional CV Writer provides more information about each need so that you can identify your key drivers. 

How to recognise trauma

How to recognise trauma

Psychological trauma is a type of damage to the psyche which occurs as a result of a severely distressing event. In Greek, the word trauma means “wound”, it is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds your ability to cope.

Emotional or psychological trauma tend to be a result of extraordinary stressful events that happened unexpectedly, you were unprepared for, someone was intentionally cruel, you felt powerless to prevent it. These can crush your sense of security, which in turn make you feel helpless and vulnerable in a frightening and ‘dangerous’ world.

Inviting you to a FREE networking event - various dates available in 2015

From stress to resilience

The Resilience Programme's calendar of free networking events in 2014 events was so popular (each date was over subscribed) that we have scheduled in an 3 additional meetings for 2015. Below you can find details of times and dates, as well as information about what we cover and how to book on.

Putting the resilience back into Cheshire

The Resilience Programme

Throughout 2014, The Resilience Programme has hosted a series of free events at The Hope Street Centre, Sandbach with a view to sharing information about the biology of stress and how to recognise it, together with some simple tools that can be easily applied within the workplace to help people to help themselves and their teams. Local organisations from the public and private sector have joined in the conversation, and readily shared their experiences and techniques. There is a real sense of community building as people find common ground and look to support individuals within a variety of industries. 

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.

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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