Our local Sports Partnership recently asked local clubs and organisations like ours to sign up to the CALM pledge.
It involved us demonstrating that we had been to Safeguarding training, and had a policy in place, Emergency First Aid training and Mental Health Awareness training. We were very pleased to provide the relevant documentation for the first two, but needed to undertake the Mental Health Awareness training, which is an online learning course.
Marie took the course and gained a 100% pass. The Partnership then required her to complete their own questionnaire to be sure that the learning was being, or would be, applied.
As you all know, our sessions are friendly, relaxed and inclusive and both Marie and Rhiannon are open about their own mental health and are happy to chat with members.
This is the CALM Pledge and we are proud to say -
We at Happy Feet Fitness are committed to promoting equality, inclusiveness and anti-stigma around mental health by ensuring our club is:
Caring - we encourage an environment which displays kindness and concern for others
Aware - we have club members and staff who are well informed around mental health conditions and will promote ways to support this
Listening - we will give attention and respond to participants who reach out for support
Mindful - we are aware of mental health conditions and its impact on Everyone