Ellie has developed Kindfulmind; teaching mindfulness, kindness and self compassion practices to children and young people, to help give them valuable tools which will support them through to their adult life.
She has been practising mindfulness and meditation informally for over a decade, and since 2015 has attended many mindfulness training sessions and group meetings, as well as developing her own regular daily practice. Having suffered with anxiety for as long as she can remember; she found that with regular practice, she was able to deal with the feelings of anxiety without becoming overwhelmed, and that the practice of mindfulness has reduced her anxiety and also brought her more confidence and happiness.
Having worked closely in the past with young people dealing with issues such as anxiety and anger; Ellie is passionate about sharing the benefits of mindfulness practice and educating young people about their minds. Youth worker turned mindfulness educator; she has worked with young people in and around Bristol for over 14 years.
Ellie is a qualified CPCAB trainer qualified to Level 4 in Mindfulness & Compassion in Professional Practice – 2019 (Mindfulness UK)
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Ellie Roads' previous roles have focussed on youth engagement and supporting young people to achieve their full potential and also in early intervention as part of Bristol Youth Links. She has worked in schools, pupil referral units, colleges, universities, youth clubs, supportive housing and community settings with a diverse and varied range of young people
She has experience of running workshops, leading peer-support groups and projects, planning and attending residentials, and delivering 1-2-1 support with young people. She currently runs mindfulness sessions at Off the Record youth mental health charity in Bristol. Ellie is a busy mum of two young children, and also loves her two cats, dancing and singing with her gospel choir!
Ellie says: "I feel it is important for me to continue developing my own practice to be able to positively teach mindfulness to others. Mindfulness has transformed the way I look at life and has helped me in all kinds of positive ways and I am passionate about sharing this with children and young people!”
- Bristol Drugs Project - Early Intervention young people’s substance misuse worker
- Bread Youth Project - Education Project worker
- HAWKS – Schools worker for substance misuse
- Young Bristol - Schools worker for volunteering, Development worker for Volunteering & Awards
- University of the West of England - Project Co-ordinator for volunteering
- De Montfort University - Volunteer & Marketing Officer
- Leicestershire Education Business Company - Project Assistant ‘Right to Read’ schools programme
- Youth Mindfulness SOMA training – 2019
- Level 4 in Mindfulness & Compassion in Professional Practice – 2019 (Mindfulness UK)
- Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme - 2017
- EFT 3 day practitioner workshop
- 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (Bath & Bristol Mindfulness) - 2016
- Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work
- Degree in Arts Management BA (Hons)
- Bristol Safeguarding Children Training
- Creative facilitation with young people
- Young people mental health training
- Hidden Harm & substance misuse training
- Sports Leaders Award in dance leadership
- Level 2 exercise to music professional
- Qualified Reiki Practitioner
Residential Project Support
A lovely video highlighting a residental project Ellie supported. The focus was around the transition from primary to seconday school, with children from Hartcliffe and surrounding areas involved with Hartcliffe & Withywood Kick Start (HAWKS). A great opportunity for them to meet new friends, spend a few days away in nature, and try out different activities!