Helen Wilson, founder of Open Minds, is a fully qualified teacher, Massage in Schools Instructor, Reiki practitioner, freelance music educator and trainer.
She has taught in Primary schools (Nursery to Year 6)since 1988 and in her freelance work she has delivered music, movement and storytelling workshops and training to settings from Early Years to Higher Education establishments across the southwest.
During the last few years she has identified the need for targeted emotional wellbeing intervention for children and so she founded Positive world in 2013 and then Open Minds in 2015.
Open Minds offers tailor made workshops for children and adults, focussing on personal strengths, mindfulness practices and positive emotions such as kindness, empathy and gratitude to strengthen emotional wellbeing enabling us to flourish.
She is passionate about her work and believes in the extraordinary power of creativity and imagination to enhance wellbeing. Enjoyment and relationship are central to all her work.
As a Reiki practitioner she enjoys being able to offer adults the opportunity to allow the body to come into alignment as well as giving the mind and body much needed rest!
Tamsin Corline is a qualified primary school teacher and SENCo with 12 years teaching experience. She specialises in Early Years teaching and Special Educational Needs but has experience working with all primary age groups.
Tamsin’s background is in Expressive Arts with many years experience in writing plays, leading drama workshops and clubs and directing and producing performances.
Mindfulness is part of her practice with any class or group of children she works with.
She has a nurturing and fun personality and is quick to build a good rapport with all children. Her philosophy and teaching style support what is at the heart of the Open Minds ethos.
Julie Bateman is a recently retired headteacher with 25 years teaching experience.
She has worked with children between the ages of 4-11 in Primary and Junior school settings in both the west and east of England. She has a keen interest in the mental health and well-being of children and has worked with colleagues to develop mindfulness practices across the whole primary age range.
Her nurturing and calm approach encourages children to find creative ways to help them gain strategies to manage their own behaviour and move forward in their learning.