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Who We Are

Employers have legal obligations to create healthy workplaces, that integrate physical and mental health, an environment where people can thrive:

 

  • Health and Safety At Work Act 1974; 'Duty of care',

  • The Equality Act 2010

  • Policy

 

But organisations cannot do this alone, and this where SVH Inc. CIC comes in. 

About Us

We're SVH Inc., acronyms for Strong Vibrant, Happy and Incorporated. We foster wellbeing and happiness at work through mental health training and workshops, speaking engagements and away day experiences.

At SVH Inc.​ CIC, our wellbeing solutions incorporate the 5 Ways to Wellbeing delivering Strong Vibrant Healthy and Incorporated workplaces:

  1. Keep Learning - We provide mental health training, leadership and self development workshops and keynote speaking for events

  2. Give - Every client that engages our services get the added benefit of supporting our climate action commitment- planting trees and backing carbon offset projects around the world, supporting projects that support the wellbeing of people from underrepresented communities, and keeping a small social enterprise going

  3. Connect - Our Away Day experience offer clients unique opportunities to connect with team members and build stronger relationships, reducing conflict and disengagement

  4. Be Active - Our Away Day experiences boosts physical activities through a range of activities which include walking tours

  5. Take Notice - We use the science of Awe at our Away Day experience through storytelling and visualisation. Our Keynote speaker uses the science of connections to encourage people to take notice. 

Choosing us as your wellbeing partner helps you deliver on your ESG (Environmental Social and Governance) goals quickly, sustainably and creatively.

Customer Commitment

Our mission is to foster wellbeing and happiness at work and in communities through mental health training and workshops, speaking engagements and away day experiences. 

Authenticity is our core service standard, with a promise to deliver intrinsic value in every service. Our MHFA England-accredited instructors exemplify our commitment to quality, complemented by our stringent safeguarding policies, overseen by our designated Safeguarding Lead. As an ICO-registered entity, we assure the highest standards of data protection. We actively seek and thoughtfully act upon client feedback to perpetuate excellence in our service delivery.

We offer accessible and responsive support via email, phone, and social media, ensuring swift and personalized responses. Our comprehensive client care encompasses pre-service consultations, support during service delivery, and dedicated aftercare to maximize the value you receive from our services. We're committed to being there for you at every step of your journey with us.

As a social enterprise, SVH Inc. CIC is dedicated to community betterment. Our funded projects, like the Mental Health First Aid Champion training for 40 individuals in various industries, were made possible by the National Lottery Fund. This initiative has empowered professionals in beauty, hospitality, and leisure to support mental health proactively. Through our partnership with Co-op, we've hosted vital community initiatives such as Great Big Green Week, Culinary Away Days, and Time to Talk Day, Conversation Cafes in schools, care homes and GP Surgeries, demonstrating our commitment to communal wellbeing. These efforts, in collaboration with our clients and partners, amplify social impact and deliver substantial community value. 

We also have a partnership with Ecologi helping us deliver on our climate commitment. We plant a tree and support carbon offset programs each time we sign a new contract or provide a service. 

Diversity and Inclusion are fundamental to every aspect of our work at SVH Inc. CIC. Our leadership board reflects this commitment, encompassing a wide range of racial, gender, and psychological perspectives. We understand the importance of diversity not just theoretically, but through our own personal experiences. This insight drives us to constantly seek new opportunities to broaden our perspectives, ensuring our services are inclusive and accessible. We're dedicated to continuously learning and evolving, so we can better serve our diverse clients and communities.

Our Story

They say that when a major life event happens, it creates a tsunami effect that affects everyone. In 2017, Stephen and Valentina's lives changed when he suffered a heart attack induced by work related stress and anxiety. 

The trauma of this led to our commitment to foster wellbeing and mental health support in the workplace.

Work can protect our mental health, if, wellbeing is engrained to the culture of the workplace. The benefits of a wellbeing infused culture in the workplace have been reported to yield a return on investment of £5.30 for every £1 spent on employee wellbeing. While, unsupported mental health create volcanic effects that cost organisations £53b annually.

SVH Inc. was created to work with organisations in ensuring they don’t lose their people due to stress, anxieties and other mental health issues that lead to physical illness, burn out, staff turnover, presenteeism, absenteeism, and disengagement. 

On 30 December, 2021, SVH Inc. became a Community Interest Company, making us a social enterprise. 

Get To Know Us

Valentina Hynes
Chief Executive Officer

My name is Valentina Hynes.

I come from a background of events (Corporate Social Responsibility, Experiential Marketing, Hospitality, Team Building and Charity) which earned me an Associate Fellowship in 2014 with the Royal Commonwealth Society, London and an award in Corporate Social Responsibility from the Lagos State Government of Nigeria. 

 

I am a specialist in holistic Wellbeing & Happiness at Work, a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and Vice-Chair of Governors at Harrogate High School.

 

I have been described as a captivating storyteller, who explores culture, behaviour and everyday occurrences to foster immersive learning. 

I am a Connector who “connects the dots” among people with different backgrounds and strengths by recognising and pointing out patterns that help people work more collaboratively. I have an intuitive ability to sense how people with different strengths and weaknesses can come together and establish a common ground, with a focus on building strong, vibrant, happy and incorporated teams and communities.

Stephen Hynes
Director of Operations

My name is Stephen Hynes.

I come from a background of real estate, spanning 30 years and which has taken me around the world, working as an expatriate, leading and delivering major projects.

My vast experiences as an employee, a manager and a director gives me unique insights into the often overlooked stressors of a high paced work life especially in the real estate industry.

Having experienced the nearly fatal ill effects of high stress and anxiety in the workplace with no work life balance, I am wholly committed to helping organisations ensure happiness and engagement at work, reducing the ill and costly effects of a highly stressed work environment.

I am an Identifier, who's super power is to find the pieces, while Valentina puts them together, as a connector. 

Together, we deliver Strong Vibrant Happy and Inclusive teams effecting a wellbeing infused culture at work and in the communities. 

Jo Thackwray
Director

My name is Jo Thackwray.

I come from a coaching, consultancy and charity background. I am a trustee for YMCA, Ripon, an Ambassador for Investors in Community and a Wellbeing radio presenter for Yohwah radio.

Some of my specialties include creating Positivity Pauses and Vision Boards as a springboard to self-development, greater self awareness and improved mental health.

 

I have been described as a gardener for the mind, helping people weed the mental clutter in their minds so they can bring forth the best versions of themselves with a focus on building strong, vibrant, happy and incorporated teams and communities.

Lara Oyedele
Director

My name is Lara Oyedele.

I come from a social housing background.


I am an experienced Board member, Trustee and senior executive with a 25 year career in the UK. Some of my roles include: President, Chartered Institute of Housing, Chair, Hope Housing, to mention but a few. 

 

I am passionate about helping ​people find and build confidence to not only dream big, but reach for them. I do this through education and exposure. 

I am especially committed to improving diversity on boards, with a focus on building strong, vibrant, happy and inclusive teams and communities.

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