• Over 6,000 people tuned in to listen to the first Inspired Event, part of Team ITG’s new Stronger Together programme, which aims to support individuals to navigate the challenges of lockdown
• Retail and business guru Mary Portas is due to host the second event on 11th February
Birmingham head-quartered technology-led marketing business Team ITG welcomed Major Tim Peake CMG as its first ‘Inspired Events’ special guest speaker, kicking off the series of talks led by pivotal speakers across a breadth of industries to help inspire people and support their wellbeing during lockdown.
Joined by special guests from mental health charity Mind, including Chairman Stevie Spring and CEO Paul Farmer, Tim explored the emotional effects of his ‘Ultimate Lockdown’ – six months in outer space – covering unique insights into how he dealt with feelings of isolation and re-entering society after 186 days in space.
Over 6,000 people from schools, businesses and households attended the first of three special guest speaker events as part of Team ITG’s Inspired Events series. The second event on 11th February will see retail and business guru, Mary Portas, explore the need for businesses to redefine their roles and rebuild their strategies to remain relevant in a post-Covid world.
Comparing space travel to life in lockdown, Major Tim Peake CMG explained: “It would be very easy for it to become overwhelming, knowing that you are now going to be ‘locked up’ for six months. But of course, we develop the ability to have a mindset where we embrace this situation and we developed a ‘new normal’ – as we call it – ‘normalising the abnormal’ and that mental transition really helps. One of the best ways to help us in space when we get into this new environment is structure and routine. We learnt to take control of our situation and adapt to this new way of working and embrace our circumstances.”
His fascinating comments and experiences resonated with the thousands-strong audience and proved incredibly relevant to the current global situation. Major Tim, Stevie and Paul discussed the importance of support systems, teamwork and preservice and how that applies to our personal wellbeing throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
CEO of Mind, Paul Farmer, was on-hand to offer his advice on how we should approach an eventual move out of lockdown: “Preparing for creating connections again is going to be really important. We know that many people have felt very physically isolated during these last few months, so the sense of loneliness, if not addressed, can be really bad for our mental health. Preparation is key. Think of two or three things that you’re wanting to do but aren’t able to at the moment – write them down and think about the benefits they’re going to give you in the future, because you can draw on that strength, even when you’re in a tough situation.”
Stevie Spring CBE, Mind Chairman and host of the event, commented: “I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to be involved such a unique event. Major Tim is an absolute inspiration and insights from his incredible life experience made for such a thought-provoking, uplifting and pertinent discussion given the challenges so many of us are facing. As former Chairman, I know first-hand how Team ITG goes above and beyond to support and inspire everyone connected to their special business with initiatives like this.”
An engaging session that included an interactive Q&A, this was first Inspired Event of Team ITG’s Stronger Together programme. From fitness classes and children’s activity packs, to Think Tanks and focus groups, Stronger Together is a free-of-charge programme designed to support and inspire not only Team ITG’s partners, but our own people, through Wellbeing initiatives and Inspired Thinking.
Simon Ward, CEO and founder of Team ITG, said: “I’d like to personally thank Tim, Stevie and Paul – and of course, everyone who tuned in. We’ve been truly humbled by the amount of amazing comments we’d received, and I’m so proud that Team ITG was able to host this incredible event and even more to come. Keeping our people motivated and uplifted during a difficult time is our absolute priority – and Major Tim’s discussion did just that.”