Building Strength For Tough Times: Developing your Resilience and Wellbeing

Resilience is an important life skill that helps us overcome difficult and testing times that we are challenged with, whether it be at work or in our personal lives. As the “new normal” continues and uncertainty is the only thing we are certain of, it can be difficult to remain strong, positive and driven, especially as we enter the Winter months and into the Festive Period. Our self-doubt and  insecurities can spiral out of control and get the better of us, which in turn has a detrimental effect and makes it harder for us to bounce back.

Enhancing our resilience skills means that we can recover more easily from tough situations, challenging life experiences and unexpected changes which naturally helps us to develop mechanisms to shield and maintain our wellbeing.

In this session, our expert trainer Angela Blacklaw, will look at how to build our inner resilience, tackle difficult obstacles that come our way and how we can come out thriving in tough times. We will look at three key objectives:

•Understanding what resilience is, where it comes from and why it matters;

•Considering what happens during the tough times when our resilience is challenged;

•Finally, looking at practical steps we can take to build and develop our resilience and wellbeing.


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14:30 - 15:30




10 December 2020 Book

Lead Trainer

Angela Blacklaw

Angela Blacklaw

Angela Blacklaw has a broad range of experience working within and providing training for the public sector. Her expertise cover a range of topics including communication, leadership, wellbeing and resilience and talent management.

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Angela Blacklaw

Angela Blacklaw

Angela is an independent consultant, trainer, facilitator and coach. She has years of senior expertise in personal and organisational development, leadership and change, operating at both strategic and practitioner level.

Her skills lie in building warm, honest, authentic and challenging relationships, enabling people to achieve more than they thought possible, and to learn the skills to support and challenge others. She has expertise in a wide range of leadership and talent development including emotional intelligence, communications, change, resilience, coaching skills and systems leadership.

After several years working on policy on HM Treasury, Angela chose to focus on individual and organisational learning as Head of Internal Communications in the Food Standards Agency, Head of Change Communications and Culture Change in Defra, and Head of Talent Development in the Department of Health. She then set up her own consultancy practice and works an associate for a number of respected consultancies, such as Korn Ferry Hay Group, Civil Service College and MindGym.  She has worked on award-winning leadership development programmes for the NHS where is a member of the Faculty of the NHS Leadership Academy, she is on the coaching register for the Senior Civil Service and she also teaches creative songwriting at degree level.  Angela has worked in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and Mexico; she has also worked with people from most European countries, from Central and South America, and from the USA.


  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Certificate in Organisation Development from the NTL Institute
  • Accredited Time To Think® Facilitator


  • A Blacklaw (2018) ‘Using Jungian archetypes in contemporary songwriting education.’ Research in Teacher Education, Vol 8(No.1). Available at:


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