The JOY Programme

Supporting the mental and emotional health and well-being of employees and those they support with our mindfulness, compassion and joy train-the-trainer programme

What is The JOY Programme®?

Low morale, the impact of post pandemic stress disorder and secondary trauma from challenging jobs can all lead to an increase in employee absence or low employee retention.

The latest NICE report has suggested that organisations should 'offer all employees (or help them to access) mindfulness, yoga or meditation on an ongoing basis.'

To support you and your employees our experienced team at MindfulnessUK have developed The JOY Programme® because there is Just One You.

This 'train-the-trainer' programme will teach a group of employees how to lead mindfulness in the workplace, improving the psycho-social working environment and health and well-being of your employees.

There is a growing need for Mindfulness and Compassion Well-being Advocates to be part of the fabric of an organisation, with advocates teaching from within an organisation to teams that they know and understand, rather than mindfulness and compassion teachers coming in to deliver these skills from outside your organisation.

In response to this demand we have had to limit the number of programmes we deliver each year to x25 organisations. Please contact to get your organisation on the list for 2024.

Benefits of Workplace Mindfulness

  • Increases resilience by building stability of mind and higher levels of self-kindness.
  • Enables innovation by stimulating a refreshed perspective.
  • Improves collaboration by building empathy.
  • Boosts engagement by generating positive feelings towards each other.
  • Enables empowerment by enabling a grounded self-reliance.
  • Increases retention by creating a community that celebrates the good.
  • Improves client service through employees working with greater emotional awareness.
The benefits of creating a mindful workplace culture

This 'train the trainer' programme teaches advocates mindfulness and compassion skills, tools and practices that support the mental and emotional health and well-being of employees, their teams and the organisation as a whole, thereby promoting culture change.

The JOY Programme® will empower those identified as having a responsibility for the health and well-being of employees within an organisation to learn ways to positively impact on their colleagues’ levels of happiness and joy by developing a toolkit to use both at work and in their personal lives.

MindfulnessUK The Joy Programme

This training pathway consists of a 2-hour JOY Foundation e-course, focusing on building the advocate's own personal resilience, followed by a 12-hour programme that is designed to empower participants to become 'Mindfulness and Compassion JOY Advocates'. It's delivered with Trainers either online or in the workplace.

Mindfulness and Compassion 2-hour Foundation e-course

This e-course to be completed before they start their 12-hour training.

The course focuses on building each advocates own personal resilience. 

Following this course, all learners will be equipped to start their comprehensive training on “The JOY Programme®”.

12-hour Programme

Module One

J-Joyful power of mindfulness

Module Two

O- Observe

Module Three

Y- Your life

Module Four

F- Feel self-compassionate

Module Five

U- Using resilience strategies

Module Six

L- Lasting changes in the workplace

The JOY Programme®

£1500 + VAT* * reductions for charities, NHS, health & care organisations.
  • Per person (min 10 people per training)
  • Packages available
  • Concession rates considered

This programme is designed to support all organisations of all sizes, across the world.  By focusing on your employees well-being today, you are investing in your businesses future.

The cost includes:

  • The JOY Foundation e-course.
  • Access to notes, videos and quizzes via a Learning Management System.
  • Training from highly experienced trainers.
  • On-going teaching assessments as part of the training.
  • Certificate of accreditation from the CPD Standards Office.

Developing mindfulness at work supports innovation, collaboration and empowerment.  Studies have indicated that learning mindfulness provides professionals with useful work skills such as empathy, concentration and awareness of the present moment. 

Meet the team

Karen Atkinson headshot

Karen Atkinson

Karen started her career as a nurse at St Thomas Hospital before joining the Independent Medial and Psychological Services, focusing on treating patients with complex psychological, emotional and medical needs.  It was there that she introduced mindfulness and stress management techniques to patients and their carers.  Karen then co-founded MindfulnessUK, has been teaching mindfulness for over 30-years and is the author of Compassionate Mindful Inquiry in Therapeutic Practice.


Angie Ward

Angie started in residential care, specialising in LAC, children with SLCN and adults with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities before moving into Further Education.  She lectured in Health and Social Care, led in learning support and trained employees.  Since joining MindfulnessUK Angie has developed and delivered Mindfulness and Compassion for groups of young people, including the Mental Health Foundation, and contributed to the GPG: Mindfulness-based programmes for people with Learning Disabilities.

Don't just take our word for it...

I have found the mindfulness course extremely beneficial. It has allowed me to take a moment and see how things are for me at a moment in time. With a busy work and home life it is easy to put time for me at the bottom of the pile. Through the practices I have learnt to be kind to myself to tell myself “It’s ok”; just as I would if I was talking to a loved one or colleague. I now have some tools and techniques to use.  L Woolway

~ Public Health

“A thought-provoking course. The practices were done by everyone, and after each practice, there was an opportunity for everyone to express how they felt afterwards. Everyone could benefit from this course in some capacity, and I would highly recommend people to give this course a try." H Moule

~ Public Health

“I joined the course hoping to find out more about mindfulness and how it would help me in my job role.  What I actually found out was that it helped me. We all deserve that care and compassion but so often we are at the bottom of our own pile of priorities. Time to shake it up and understand the importance of your own wellbeing.  Like the advert says: “you’re worth it!” T Underwood

~Public Health

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