CALMfest is back!

By the meteorological calendar, spring started on March 1.

The daffodils are blooming, it’s light until almost 6pm now, and plans are well underway for this
year’s CALMFest.

I’m incredibly excited about CALMFest 2024. Once again, the headline sponsors for the week-long
event are Nuclear AMRC and Nuclear Industry Association, and I’m delighted to have
the likes of Lubrizol, Cooper Parry, Mortgage Advice Bureau, Rolls-Royce SMR and the University of Derby
involved, too.

CALMFest is a little taste of everything that we strive to aim for at Calm In A Box, condensed into a week – Mental Health Awareness Week running 13 to 17 May.

It will bring like-minded people together and arm them with the tools to help them become at least
1% CALMer. They can then take their new-found skills into the workplace, to help bring about
positive change.

We’ll be hosting three sessions per day and welcoming experts in mental health related topics such
as gut health, sleep, neurodiversity, nutrition and financial wellbeing.

Andrew Storer, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Nuclear AMRC, says that they’re involved with
CALMFest to help create more conversations within the industry, to support mental fitness and
harness energy.

He said: “The workplace is changing and it’s now even more important to support people to better
navigate the challenges and opportunities of the post-covid world. We need to retain a healthy
workforce and attract people to the sector, so it’s important to ensure the best environment we can
for the welfare of our staff.
“We understand this, and that’s why we’re proud to be involved with CALMFest. Spiritual and
emotional health, plus mental health, is just as important as physical health.”

There will also be daily CALM mini masterclasses – featuring special guests – and challenges to take
part in, with some brilliant prizes up for grabs.

CALMFest will take place during Mental Health Awareness Week – May 13 to 17 – and we’ll be
raising funds for charity Mind, too.

If your team or organisation is interested in taking part this year, the window for sign ups for CALMFest closes on March 31, so you need to be quick if you want to secure a place. Get in touch – for more information.

All events are booked via the CALM Hub and session recordings will be made available for seven days after the event.

Coming soon…

In real life on Tuesday, March 12 I’ll be teaming up with HR & Employment Law specialists Precept for a workshop on Keeping CALM and building community for HR professionals at their Derby headquarters.

And over on the CALM hub…

I’ll be joined by Melanie Francis – founder of Neuroinclusive HR and the director of Neurodiversity at
Work at Do-IT Solutions – for a workshop on March 22 as we explore how we can be more
neuroinclusive in the workplace. Book your space here

And on April 19, Tina Batham will join us for a session on designing a workplace destination. Tina is the
powerhouse managing director of Office Principles North and is passionate about delivering new and
exciting workplace destinations that allow people to produce their very best. Book your space here