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"Illuminate delivered bite-size training for us during Mental Health Awareness week, staff found this very useful and it was very engaging with a personal perspective. A thought provoking talk that encouraged to understand more. It's great to find a local charity that can support our learning in this important area and I would thoroughly recommend them!"

Lisa Christie, Operations Manager, University of Cambridge Research Office


"I have had the pleasure of working alongside Illuminate and I am always keen to support them. We were joined by Richard who delivered an informative and helpful talk as part of Mental Health Awareness week which was very well received by our team. Discussing mental ill health is something that can have such a positive and powerful impact and being able to help Illuminate is incredibly important. I'm looking forward to future collaborations with Illuminate and do not hesitate in recommending them."

Jessie Hutson, Senior HR Advisor, Inca Digital Printers


"The scientific basis for the subject in the talk was refreshing, it wasn't just another behavioural wellbeing seminar."

Chris Keen, Senior Associate Taylor Vinters


"Illuminate hosted a morning for us on coaching skills, it was incredibly well received by the team. Maria was responsive to our needs and designed an interactive session that was informative, enjoyable and pitched at the right level. Everyone learned something, improved their skills and gained confidence in their work. I would not hesitate in recommending Illuminate, thank-you."

Lynne McAuley, Manager New Horizons, Cambridge Housing Society


"It is a privilege to support Illuminate by receiving change management training and coaching. We learned a lot about coaching and our own professional and personal development. This training increases productivity because the commitment of the team goes well beyond profit."

Luis Navarro, Manager, Nanna Mexico


"I completed the full two-day MHFA course years ago, and this was a fantastic refresher. Jeremy was sincere and thoughtful, he handled the difficult topics and online learning very well. He still made it interesting, enjoyable, and interactive. Thank you." Mental Health England Refresher course online, anon.


"I wish Illuminate the best in spreading your message. Workplaces and people everywhere would benefit in knowing the importance of recognising the early onset of mental ill health and of showing genuine interest in the well being of those around them."

Caroline Davies, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre

“Maria was really engaging and considering the time of day she managed to get us up on our feet and built the energy for the session. There were useful takeaways and good reminders of the importance of creating space and time for self-care and doing the things we love. I would definitely recommend working with Illuminate and Maria as a facilitator was brilliant.” Charlotte Young, Director of Organisational Development People & Culture, CUP & Assessment Cambridge


"Working with Illuminate gave the team the time and space to reflect on their wellbeing after a challenging year. With expert facilitation, the resilience and commitment of each and every individual shone through and it was inspiring to hear them talk about their values and those we share as a team which bonds us in our company's mission."

Alison Taylor Conscious Communications


"The Department of Work and pensions is proud to work in partnership with Illuminate Charity. Illuminate supported the DWP providing mental health training to more than 400 Jobcentre staff across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Illuminate has a wealth of knowledge and experience they used to help transform the standard DWP training into successful and engaging two day training workshops."

Angela Carr, Change & Assurance Manager DWP East Anglia


“Illuminate provides a great service including raising awareness of the mental health agenda. We all have a responsibility ensuring people are able to talk openly about their mental health and as employers, we have gained an insight and understanding.”

Caroline Batchelor, Director Pure Resourcing


"We have worked with Illuminate on several initiatives. They delivered Wellbeing Lunch and Learn's which we rolled out to our London and Cambridge offices. We also collaborated on a mentoring project, using Taylor Vinters' employees to mentor Illuminate beneficiaries. The project worked extremely well, with excellent guidance given by the Illuminate team. We are looking forward to collaborating on future projects."

Chrissie Easom, HR Director Taylor Vinters


"The training from Illuminate was really excellent. It’s good to know that such an organisation exists in Cambridge and also great to hear a presentation from someone whose background was so relevant to our own community. The combination of researched facts, personal perspective, anecdotal evidence and advice on support strategies made for an engaging, thoughtful session on a topic that affects so many of us."

Kathleen Pickett, Welfare and Training Adviser,  Cambridge University Department of Chemistry


"I wholeheartedly recommend your presentation to any organisation wanting to understand Mental Health issues and the benefits of timely conversations to address these issues."

Jan Holmes, L & D Manager, Taylor Vinters

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