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Another busy month for GO! This month! We have been meeting with soft play centres throughout the northwest to provide baby and child first aid training sessions. So far we have key locations in Wigan, Chorley and Bolton and we are currently in talks with centres in and around Manchester. Whether you're looking to complete a 3 hour choking and CPR session, or a full 2 day baby and child First Aid training course, we have it all. annie

We have been accredited by the CIEH (Chartered Institute of Environmental Health) and also have all the right teaching and training qualifications, so you know you're in safe hands. We have a variety of training manikins for practice ranging from adolescent to junior to baby. The sessions are perfect for parents or anyone who cares for children and also for a more professional capacity for nursery nurses, child minders and play centre staff.

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Also, exciting news, did you know we are in the Best of Bolton??? Check it out here

Signing off for now, don't miss our 60 Seconds with...this month it features Gillian Neish, Owner of Neish Training.



First Aid at Work

You are invited to the first ever GO! Train and Develop FREE Expo and networking event!

It's FREE to attend the event and visitors can benefit from FREE information and advice from our range of experts, source new suppliers, have one to ones with a range of buyers, there will also be FREE networking opportunities in our speed networking and networking areas throughout the day.

Please book your free ticket on Eventbrite - you need it to get in! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/go-train-and-develops-free-expo-networking-event-north-west-tickets-26410808439?ref=ebtn

Our passion is supporting local business growth and development. We hope that you are able to either meet new clients, suppliers, prospects or just catch up with old business associates.

10.00am - Arrival refreshments, informal networking
10.30am - How to get the best out of networking by GO! Train and Develop inc Q&A
11.00am - Guest Speaker, Dawn Torrington, Owner of Doing Biz for Yourself inc Q&A
11.15am - Speed Networking facilitated by GO! train and Develop
12.00pm - Lunch and Expo
4.00pm - Close

Free parking and refreshments, you will also be given a bag to collect business cards, flyers and goodies from the expo stalls!

Events like these help you to find new ideas, inspiration, motivation, network, contacts and skills that you need to take your business to the next level.

We look forward to welcoming you to the first ever GO! Train and Develop FREE Expo and networking event!

Here are some of our First Aid Events available to book now:

22/09/2016 - 9.30-12.30 - Baby & Child Choking and CPR - Puddletown Pirates, Chorley - £12pp - Spaces available

23/09/2016 - 10.30-13.30 - Baby & Child Choking and CPR - Run and Jump Playcentre, Wigan - £12pp - Fully booked!

26/09/2016 - 9.30-16.00 - Baby & Child First Aid (1 Day) - Puddletown Pirates, Chorley - £25pp - Spaces available

27/09/2016 - 9.30-12.30 - Baby & Child Choking and CPR - Run and Jump Playcentre, Wigan - £12pp - Spaces available

27/09/2016 - 14.00-17.00 - Baby & Child Choking and CPR - Run and Jump Playcentre, Wigan - £12pp - Spaces available

28/09/2016 - 9.30-12.30 - Baby & Child Choking and CPR - Run and Jump Playcentre, Wigan - £12pp - Spaces available

28/09/2016 - 14.00-17.00 - Baby & Child Choking and CPR - Run and Jump Playcentre, Wigan - £12pp - Spaces available

29/09/2016 - 9.30-12.30 - Baby & Child Choking and CPR - Fidgets Playcentre, Bolton - £12pp - Spaces available

04/10/2016 - 9.30-16.00 - Baby & Child First Aid (1 Day) - Fidgets Playcentre, Bolton - £25pp - Spaces available

11-12/10/2016 - 9.30-16.00 - Baby & Child First Aid (2 Day) - Fidgets Playcentre, Bolton - £50pp - Spaces available


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5 ways to unwind after a stressful week. What can you do to unwind after a stressful week at the office? Start with these

1. Make time for 'Me'

Do anything you can to get the negative vibes off you. Take yourself someplace where youíll feel more relaxed, whether itís the gym, a park, or your bath! Also, acknowledge all of the good things youíve accomplished.

2. Take it off the back-burner

What have you been promising yourself, yet you donít do it Ė every single week? You were going to go to the beach, you were going to read that book, but you got busy and didnít. Commit to a friend that youíre going to do it, and call him/her when youíve done it.

3. Watch out for overthinking

Just when you donít expect it, thoughts will pop up about the work week Ė a report left undone, an appointment you have to take time off for. Instead of obsessing over it, catch it, write it on a post it or piece of paper and 'file it' somewhere safe until Monday.

4. Catch some extra zzzs

Donít feel guilty if you need some extra hours to sleep or take a cat nap. Youíre not wasting your weekend by doing that, youíre allowing yourself to be and feel healthy.

5. Be kind to yourself

Instead of thinking what you should be doing, how you should be spending your time, what you havenít done, do what you want to do. This is your time.

Want more? See our courses here.

60 Seconds

Gillian, Owner of Neish Training


Tell us about what you do?

I run training courses and development programmes that focus on understanding and challenging oppression (e.g. racism, sexism, class etc.). I create a space for participants to explore the impact power inequalities have on their thinking and behavior and, therefore, on their relationships with others and with themselves. Some of the programmes are specifically for women e.g. Springboard.

What song motivates you?

I'm not anti-men (well, I'm married to one and one of my children is one!). However, I am conscious that we, women, are more than 50% of the population and that, despite equality legislation, we are still under-represented in management and leadership positions (and that's not because women don't have the necessary skills and abilities - we do, and much more). I am pro-women. So my song is 'Sisters are doing it for themselves' sung by the great Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox. A real energizer that always makes me smile.

What is your favourite phrase or quote?

Some people admit that it is because of a lack of assertiveness that they find it difficult to say 'no', even at times when it would be in their best interests to do so (Work at it. The more you practice, the easier it becomes).

However, my favorite word is another short one that many people also struggle with. That word is 'Yes'! Too often people fail to either grab opportunities or to follow their dreams because of stereotypical, messages that present 'traditional' gendered roles as the 'normal and only' option. Those messages often limit people's expectations of themselves and, together with a fear of what other people will think if they don't conform, keep them in their 'place'.

Saying 'yes' can be scary, but it's what life is all about. There are times when you need to step outside of your comfort zone, into the 'wobbly' area and work to make that area comfortable and, thereby, extend your comfort zone. That's such a positive feeling! And when you've done that, it's time to set new goals and step outside again - and again, and again. Otherwise, over time, you'll become afraid to leave your comfort zone or even to go to its edge and your wishes will become regrets. I firmly believe we regret the things we don't do more than the things we do!

Why do you think training is important?

Training is important because it enables people to improve their skills and, therefore, their overall performance. Development in even more important. It enables people to work out and be clear about who they are, who and what is important to them, what they want and what they need to do to get what they want. They can than identify goals they can commit to and will willingly give their time and energy to, even when the going is tough, because they are determined to turn them into reality.

You have been delivering The Springboard Women's Development Programme since 1991, what, if any, changes have you seen along the way and how does it benefit the workplace?

Springboard is a brilliant programme because it provides a process for each woman to address her own, specific issues and although there have been common themes over the years, participants do so in relation to their particular circumstances, which are unique to them, alongside others who are doing the same. My experience is that, even though their issues may be very different, many participants form strong, supportive bonds as they each make the changes they want to make for themselves, building networks that often last way beyond the end of the programme.

Women who have attended programmes I have facilitated have reported behaving more assertively, applying for promotions, gaining promotions, returning to study, giving presentations, speaking out about issues important to them, being more active in their communities, taking up public appointments, sorting out difficult relationships, having better relationships at work and with their friends and families, taking 'me' time, not feeling guilty, being happy with and enjoying being themselves - and much more. Some have come back as guest speakers, some have trained as Springboard trainers, some, having been promoted and with responsibilities for training, have brought me in to run a Springboard programme for their colleagues! It's been a privilege to meet them all and to witness their courage as they make their own choices. And l learn new things from every group I work with so it's great for me, too.

In any organization, and in society as a whole, people are the greatest asset. We cannot afford to ignore the talents of half the population nor fail to develop women's potential. Confident, assertive women are role models not just for other women and girls but for men and boys too, paving the way and encouraging us all to be proactive in influencing our shared future - in our homes with our immediate families, as members of extended and/or blended families, as workers, as managers, as educators, as public servants and political leaders (think First Minister of Scotland, Prime Minister of the UK or President of the USA!).

So say 'yes' and step outside your comfort zone, for you and for the young women and men who come after you!

Like what you hear? You can get in touch with Gillian via www.neishtraining.com

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