Wendy Garrett
Wendy Garrett

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Hi, I'm Wendy Garrett. My interest in mental health started in 2017 when I joined a student accommodation provider as the Learning and Development Advisor (L&D). As I sat within the HR team, I soon realised that poor mental health impacts the staff and students within our business. I felt passionate for change and doing something about it!
I proposed a strategy to the HR director. In 2018 I created an internal mental health forum, we'd meet monthly to discuss our proposed actions and plans - it was so impactful! We proposed to offer mental health training, which would be underpinned by a well-being campaign and to ensure our strategy was cost-effective, I would personally train as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

In Aug 2018 I undertook the MHFA England Mental Health First Aid Instructor training. I'm so pleased and grateful that I had the opportunity and we were all starting to make an impact.

In May 2020 I was made redundant from this position and set up Garrett Learning to continue upskilling people in their mental health awareness.


Work Experience

Early years:
I love people! I have an operational background in customer service industries within hospitality, catering and retail. (Mitchells and Butlers, Whitbread: Premier Inn, Greggs, First Choice Holiday Representative).

In 2012 I retrained to become a trainer/assessor and worked with apprenticeship training companies delivering programmes to 16-18 year-olds. As the Designated Safeguarding Officer, I would have conversations with the young adults and started to notice the challenges of life and the impact of this on their mental health.

In 2018 I joined the private student accommodation provider as the L&D Advisor.


Check me out at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendy-garrett-7522bb50/

In summary:
Degree: Licensed Retail Management
Trainers/Assessor Qualification/IQA (standards)
Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)
Suicide First Aid

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