Care First - Employee Assistance Programme

Care First Employee Assistance Programme

To help support staff wellbeing, we are delighted to provide an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) for ALL GLF staff. This is a confidential helpline and counselling service provided by 'Care first' and is available 24/7 both on the telephone and online.

Please see the information below for further details about this valuable benefit and you can click here for an information leaflet which can be downloaded and kept for your reference.

Launch Article - GLF Schools V2.pdf

Occupational Health

Occupational Health

GLF has partnered with an Occupational Health Provider in order to be able to support staff with health issues and be in the best position possible to ensure that professional advice on health matters and guidance is understood.

CEFM is the Occupational Health provider for all our schools. CEFM will provide a pre-employment job screening service, which is managed centrally, and also provide GLF with OH management referrals. If you have any questions about this service, please contact the HR team who will be able to provide you with the necessary advice and guidance.

Wellbeing Tips

Below are articles, tips and links to websites that you may find interesting and useful and will be added to and developed on an ongoing basis.


Mindfulness is very ‘on trend’ at the moment – but what is it? I hear you ask!

Essentially, it’s about ‘being in the moment’ and having awareness of your thoughts and how they drive your emotions and feelings. Focusing in this way this can help you to see the present moment more clearly and also means you are more likely to recognise the first signs of stress or anxiety. Spotting the signs early puts you in the best position to be able to take steps to deal with any anxieties positively and quickly.

How can you practice Mindfulness?

If you're feeling a bit under pressure, taking just 30 seconds to clear your mind can help you gain clarity and focus on what to do next. Here's some simple techniques to try...

Meditation: Take 30 seconds to close your eyes and be still and peaceful.

Breathing: Breathe deeply. IN for 1, 2, 3 and OUT for 1, 2, 3... nice... and... slowly. Repeat this three or four times.

Observing Thoughts: Write a ‘to do list’, tick each task off as you do it. Small tasks are easier than big ones.

Move into another environment: Maybe eat your lunch away from your desk, a change of environment for a few minutes can provide another perspective.

Going for a walk: Just 1 minute, can make a difference. Maybe take a 'walking challenge' and gather some colleagues and go for a refreshing walk together at lunchtime or the end of the day - if you do this take a 'selfie' and email it to us at intouch@glfschools.org.

These exercises are designed to help you, in your day to day working life. They can be completed separately or all together just taking 3 minutes from your day can make the world of difference.

If you are interested in finding out more, click on these links below:

NHS Website:

Beautiful Mind:

Very Well: