Stagecoach network invests in franchisees mental health with launch of new programme

Children’s services franchise, Stagecoach Performing Arts, has launched a new initiative to ensure that key members of the franchise support team are equipped with the skills to recognise the signs of poor mental health. This new mental health first aid awareness course was devised so that, no matter the struggles that a franchisee is facing, the support team is equipped to leap into action and assist.

“Now more than ever, we see such importance in putting the wellbeing of our network at the forefront of the business,” explained Andy Knights, CEO. “The last few years have been challenging for us all and we understand the pressure that our franchisees may be feeling as they navigate the new demands felt in a post-pandemic world. Our goal was to equip some of our support staff with the skills to recognise in franchisees the early warning signs that they may be struggling with depression, anxiety or the other conditions caused by mental health issues. The first aider is then able to take the next steps with that franchisee, referring them to a qualified specialist through MFHA England, the mental health first aid training organisation.

“Launched to the network earlier this year, the training has proven invaluable in reducing the stigma and discrimination faced by those with poor mental health.”

Carol Newton, Group HR Operations Manager for Trafalgar Entertainment – the parent company of Stagecoach - took part in the training sessions late last year.

“I’ve worked with Stagecoach for 25 years and continue to be impressed by how innovative and ethical the brand is. I’m proud to have been equipped with these skills and feel confident in my ability to help others who really need it,” said Carol.

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For more information, or to speak with Andy Knights or Carol Newton, contact Kelly Ayres at Rev PR on 07895 876745 or email
Images available: A Stagecoach Performing Arts franchisee with students.

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About Stagecoach Performing Arts

About Stagecoach Performing Arts: Over the years we have seen more than one million students unlock their potential, which is something they will value for their whole life. At Stagecoach we teach our students so much more than how to sing, dance and act. We help them blossom into well-rounded individuals, ready to embrace life and all its opportunities. With nearly 30 years’ experience in teaching the performing arts, we understand how to get the best out of our young performers. We delight in seeing our students have fun, make friends, learn new skills and discover hidden talents. We encourage them to take ‘safe risks’ through rehearsals and performance, which brings out a willingness to take on new challenges. None of us know what the future holds, which is why it’s so important for today’s children to be resilient, brave and self-assured. Furthermore you can rest assured that your child is in safe hands as we adhere to the strictest child safety policies. About joining Stagecoach as a franchisee: With our 30th birthday in 2018, the Stagecoach model has been proven and refined to become one of the UK’s leading performing arts opportunities. Franchisees build a team of equally passionate and enthusiastic teachers, qualified to bring out the very best in their students. Stagecoach schools provide a thriving, nurturing and supportive environment for creative learning. That’s just one of the reasons why 40,000 children every week flock to classes nationwide. Today, a network of more than 300 franchisees operate over 680 schools offering 1,780 classes in eight countries. Through an exciting and varied framework of teaching and development, franchisees have helped to unlock the potential of more than one million students since it opened in 1988.

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