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Ryde-based Isle of Wight Jobs held the second of its ‘The Hub’ events to a capacity audience of over 45 specially invited guests in Cowes this week, focusing on how to deal with stress in the workplace.

This is the second in a planned series of free-to-attend events aimed at helping Island employers keep up to date and well informed on key employment and recruitment issues. Ability Dogs 4 Young People – Isle of Wight Jobs’ designated charity – were also present at The Sir Max Aitken Museum event to promote the amazing work they carry out training assistance dogs to enhance the independence of disabled young people

On arrival, guests at the event had the opportunity to network with like-minded business leaders, HR Professionals and the Isle of Wight Jobs team together with the events’ speakers.

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Following this, Reuben Loake, Managing Director of Isle of Wight Jobs, opened the presentations and told the audience of his campaign to have mental health first aiders trained in every workplace. Presentations then followed by Ed Grey from Blue Touchpaper Consulting, an established NLP coach & trainer who explained the causes and tell-tale signs of stress in the workplace and how to provide help and support for people of all levels.

Zoryn Zoryna O’Donnell Director and founder of L&M Plus Consulting then followed asking the audience to join her in a self-hypnosis exercise. An Island first!

Last but not least, Mark Lee, the Managing Director of Lifeline Alarms & Security Services, spoke for the first time in public about how he dealt with a change in his mental health 11 years ago. He gave the guests an insight into how it made him more aware of how important it is for staff of all levels how to identify the key signs of someone who is suffering from depression and anxiety.

Albert Bargery, a solicitor at Real Employment Law, said of the event:

“It was a brilliant morning; very moving and extremely inspiring.  Thank you to Reuben Loake, Edward Grey, Mark Lee and Zoryna O’Donnell. Thanks also to the Sir Max Aitken Museum for hosting and Ability Dogs 4 Young Persons for bringing along adorable and incredible dogs and volunteers”

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Reuben adds:

“This event really highlighted such an important issue which thankfully has received a great deal of publicity in recent months. It’s imperative that we as employers treat mental health in the same way we do physical health and encourage team members to discuss it in an open and non judgmental way.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about ‘The Hub’ and future events from Isle of Wight Jobs can contact them at their Ryde offices on 01983 475110 or by visiting their website –

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Patsy Loake

Well done, Reuben, Isle of Wight Jobs. This is a very worthwhile project.

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