Neil Lawrence CV
Neil has a wealth of experience supporting and planning with others on personal, social and health related issues. Specialisms include:
- Coaching to feel ‘safe,’ helping those with debilitating conditions like Fibromyalgia, ME, CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and other pain conditions where the pain is chronic structure effective time management. Also those with learning differences (difficulties).
- Enabling others to identify and plan for ‘toxic’ situations, persons and facets of modern-day life.
- Co-creating strategies with others to combat ill effects of medication. The concept of ‘positive’ choice, auditing current experience, planning to provide comfort, challenge, creativity and moral satisfaction in the day.
- Self-image, self-esteem and aspirations for the body
- Goals within relationships
- Identity including race, religious and cultural identity, gender.
- Cultivating self-esteem and lovingkindness.
- Increasing confidence about sexuality choices including LGBTQIAP+ (including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual)
- Understanding impact of the media on modern living and life opportunities
- Learning conflict resolution and achieving healthier relationships with others
- Coaching to strengthen personal boundaries, morality, resilience and strength of character, grit, values.
- Planning after a bereavement
- Effective working within a community/institution/school
- Next steps after experiencing ‘burn out’
- Effective wellbeing workshops in schools, colleges, young people settings and ethical business settings.
- British Values
- Growing directory of useful connections with agencies and individuals in the field of Wellbeing.
Bacon’s College, Rotherhithe 2007 – 2018
- Wellbeing Coordinator taking a role within the school. This included spiritual wellbeing, sexual and gender identity.
- Individual support for students including those with Special Educational Needs and Disorders.
- Building up a number of positive links with outside agencies including those of sexual health, drugs, gender identity and online crime. Member of the Southwark PSHE Network for Secondary Schools and affiliate of Southwark PSHE Network for Primary.
Freelance 2004 – 2006
- Equalities Training delivered with Mark Jennett on behalf of Healthy Schools Lewisham and Hammersmith
- Contribution to publication on LGBT lessons for Teachers, Out in School.
The Metro Centre (LGBT), Greenwich 2003-2006
- Facilitator for youth group (under 16) and older group (up to 25).
- LGBTQ Lewisham Worker: to ensure support for young people of Lewisham in all settings young people use. Training for workers in the borough on LGBTQ issues. Workshops on Sexuality delivered within school and college settings.
- Fostering of positive links throughout the borough.
Forest Hill School for Boys, Lewisham 1993-2013
- PSHE Coordinator from 1994-1996.
- Working alongside the Healthy Schools team including sessions for other schools in the borough
- Developing Sexual Health work for the borough with the Lewisham NHS outreach team.
- Individual work with students including lunchtime club run for GBQ students.
English/Law B.A, Joint hons.
Keele University, Stoke-On-Trent 1987-1990
Education PGCE Secondary including PSHE, postgraduate,
Goldsmith’s College 1992-1993
PSHE Certificate, University of Roehampton 2006
Emotional Factors of Teaching and Learning, MA, Tavistock Institute,
University of East London, 2010
Philosophy for Children, Level 1, Sapere 2011
Wellbeing Conference, Southwark Healthy Schools 2016
Annual updates on SRE and Safeguarding, Bacon’s College
Transformational Coaching Diploma, European Mentoring and Coaching Council,
Neil coaches others to listen, think and articulate their feelings but also to empathise and support those around them. Neil is committed to helping those who want better lives and are curious to discover the skills needed to help. As a life coach he believes in modern professionals that integrate core beliefs into their work. Neil integrates therapeutic reflection, mindfulness into his coaching and training. He believes in a moral dimension to social skills and that life coaching is the route to fulfillment. Neil specializes in managing self-esteem particularly for those in ‘toxic’ workplaces. Much of his coaching has been in the area of identity, frequently about gender and sexuality. Other areas of expertise include mindfulness in coaching, life planning for those with chronic pain, fatigue or Fibromyalgia. He also has high levels of experience with SEND (Specific Educational Needs and Disability) and is a creative manager who believes each person in entitled to unique support. In his spare time, he is an avid writer of short stories and is currently working on his first novel.