Creating Space Reflections: In Conversation with the Programme Coaches

Author : Jack Fleming

25th May 2021

We hope you are enjoying the Spring months as we approach the middle of 2021 and the hope of warmer weather in the U.K!

Since Animas Impact’s creation in late 2020 we have been curating and propelling forward the initiative’s philosophy, approach and mission.

In the middle of March this year we took great pleasure in the launch of our first social impact pilot project titled “Creating Space”. Divided in two phases, this is UK’ first free coaching programme launched, in partnership with award-winning education charity Yes Futures, to support the wellbeing of teachers impacted throughout the pandemic.

We were truly humbled and taken aback by the enthusiasm and volume of Animas-trained coaches who applied to offer their coaching skills and time as a programme coach. As we near the conclusion of the first cohort of Creating Space, we sat down with a number of participating coaches to hear some of their initial thoughts and reflections of the programme.

What motivated you to join the Creating Space programme?

“When I became aware of Creating Space I instantly knew that I wanted to use my coaching skills to give teachers that breathing time and self-reflection from a non-school or family member to allow them to feel heard and assist with their wellbeing."

Luke Bailey

My passion for social impact and my values of connection and learning were the drivers for me to volunteer for this project. My purpose as a coach is to support those from similar professions to my own, and to promote wellbeing for these very dedicated individuals.”

Louise-Marie Reynolds

“I was drawn to Creating Space because I wanted to work with people who are dedicated to a profession and making a difference in society but needed help in navigating their situation. On a personal level, I am very keen to be part of projects such as Creating Space which brings together coaches of different backgrounds for a common purpose.”

Bill Ries

I believe in the notion of Creating Space being momentous in proactively responding to teachers' profound needs due to the course of events.”

Cherlyn Miller

If you were to draw on one key takeaway from your experience on the programme so far what would it be?

“I learned how for the teachers, it may not be possible to change how their day works, and how many tasks they take on, but that taking time out can really help them find ways to manage the effects of the work, and to look at their purpose and goals with a renewed sense of themselves and their lives.”

Louise-Marie Reynolds

“The issues that the clients bring to the coaching sessions may vary widely – from personal challenges such as life/work balance to tackling the practicalities of a project they have taken on.”

Bill Ries

“Delivering a dedicated service to teachers in the hope of supporting their well-being and enriching their lives both personally and professionally during the COVID 19 Pandemic. I have also really noticed my client’s process of change.”

Cherlyn Miller

“That teachers are put under a large amount of stress and workload from planning to delivering engaging lessons and also their own family life and children to look after. It has made me realise that I want to support many other teachers and educators around their wellbeing and how to live more at peace with their own mind and work life balance.”

Luke Bailey

It has been fascinating and warming hearing initial reflections from some of the participating coaches. We look forward to having further conversations and reflections of the programme and we cannot wait to share these with you soon.

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Jack Fleming

Jack Fleming

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