Dartford Temple Hill Primary Academy

Dartford Year 2 Teacher nominated for Kent Mental Health & Wellbeing Award

A young Year 2 teacher at Temple Hill Primary Academy has been nominated for a Kent Mental Health and Wellbeing Award – a new event to showcase the people, organisations and initiatives that help us cope with life.  

Louise Bebbington has led wellbeing across the school with to great acclaim – from children, staff and parents alike. Since starting in the role, Louise has launched a wellbeing video on Facebook which had over 8,000 views, and since then, she has gone on to lead a programme that has embedded wellbeing and mindfulness throughout the school community. Staff there say that kindness is now an “unofficial value” at the school because it has become second nature to the pupils there.

The Dartford teacher planned a large number of wellbeing-related activities for the children and staff. Activities included: weekly mindfulness lessons for each year group, referrals to counsellors for children and adults where needed, mindfulness yoga, workshops for parents and children, a well-being toolkit, a laughology website and farm visits for the children.

The arrival of Covid-19 meant that Louise’s role became ever-more important, and she rose to the challenge. Ensuring that all sectors of the school were cared for, Louise organised the continued delivery of workshops for families, mindfulness lessons for the children, and made videos of staff messages to children to make sure they felt included, even if they were isolated.

Nicola Wiltshire, Deputy Head said of Louise: “To say Louise has gone beyond what was asked of her is an understatement. She has gone from creating an integral role in the school to having a vital one. The difference she has made to the lives of everyone in the Temple Hill community cannot be underestimated, and she fully deserves this nomination. We are very proud of her.”

North Kent Mind is just one of the organisations helping to champion this new event and encouraging charities, businesses, schools and community groups to get involved. 

Simon Dolby from the awards event team said: “With vaccination numbers climbing rapidly, we are starting to see the light at the end of the lockdown tunnel. Now is the time to think about the people and organisations who have helped support us over recent months. This autumn we will celebrate that support.”

Mr Dolby said although the Covid lockdown had prompted this pilot event to be staged, he was confident it would become a permanent fixture in the Kent calendar.

“The focus on mental health and wellbeing will not diminish over the coming years and so there will always be a place for an event to celebrate hard work, dedication, great ideas and wellbeing best practice.”

Nominations can be linked to a simple act of kindness that lifted the spirits, a business that has improved staff wellbeing, through to a targeted initiative delivered by a charity, community group or statutory organisation to support a mental health issue. 

Submit nominations at www.KentMHWAwards.org.uk For awards news follow @KentMHWAwards on Twitter  

The Awards event is supported by North Kent Mind, Kent Community Foundation, Independent Music Productions, Buckland Press, Blé Couture Cakes, Ashford International Hotel.

Louise Bebbington, Wellbeing Lead at Temple Hill Primary Academy, DartfordFor more information contact Claire Burns (claire.c.w.burns@southkentmind.org.uk)