References and Testimonials
Penny Byrne – Student Support Manager – The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts
Dave Spencer has been working with our students for a number of years. I have personally worked
with Dave since 2016 and my understanding and appreciation of mindfulness has grown during this
time. Dave is patient, passionate and dedicated to his work. He has worked in partnership with LIPA
to provide both one-to-one mindfulness sessions and group workshops for students with varying
needs. Student feedback about working with Dave is consistently excellent. He is a valued member
of the Student Support team and provides thoughtful and considered contributions to our work.
Rob Hughes Student Support Manager – The Liverpool Instititute for the Performing Arts (2001-2016)
Dave has worked very professionally and with great integrity & sensitivity with our students at LIPA. Student evaluation confirms that his approach has made significant differences to our students in terms of their well-being and mental health.
He has enabled them to make life-changes and to acquire skills for them to utilise for the rest of their lives. The students particularly appreciate his very personal approach to their unique situations and lives. He is a great asset to the student support team and a very valued member of the team.”
GENERAL TRAINING AND TEACHING:
Colin Duff – Business and Research Manager – Breathworks Mindfulness CIC
Breathworks regularly call upon Dave to represent us as a mindfulness teacher and trainer, both on
our own training events and also with clients in a range of sectors including public, private, health
and education. Dave gets excellent feedback from partner organisations, and is well appreciated for
his skilful, engaging and responsive teaching style.
PUBLIC SECTOR/WORKPLACE/STAFF TRAINING:
Mo Keegan – Workforce Development Manager – Knowsley Council
We have introduced mindfulness as part of an integrated resilience programme in Knowsley council.
Dave Spencer from Mindfulness Liverpool introduces the topic of mindfulness as part of this
programme. Dave is the most authentic mindfulness teacher I have ever met. His very presence
brings calmness to the room. He supports staff in some experiential learning to discover the power
of our mind over whatever problems we face. By developing our relationship with our mind we can
approach situations in a more resourceful way.
Dave’s approach has been a great way to introduce staff to the benefits of mindfulness with some
easy to grasp practices. This benefits both the individual and the organisation in supporting staff
wellbeing, focus and creativity.
Amy Barnes – Development Manager – Sefton Council Active Workforce
Dave Spencer was recommended to us for the Active Workforce Health and Wellbeing programme.
We have worked regularly with Dave since then and we’ve had a great response and brilliant
feedback from all the staff involved.
Siobhan Jones – Clinical Nurse Specialist in Headache and Dystonia – NHS
Dave Spencer delivered an informative and interactive presentation surrounding mindfulness at our
chronic headache and migraine support group. The patients really enjoyed it and gained aspects
from it that will benefit their everyday lives.
Professor Pat O’Hare – Director of ‘HIT’ Harm Reduction – www.hit.org.uk
Dave Spencer’s mindfulness training for HIT has been a great success. Delivered with great passion, the feedback from participants is always unanimously positive.
Jackie O Carroll – Director of ‘Make Space’. www.makespaceinlife.org/
Dave Spencer is a wise and inspiring man, with a strong foundation of understanding and practice in his field. His teaching is open-hearted, respectful, kind and accessible.
Tracey Lysacht – Director of ‘Be Yoga’ Yoga Studio. www.facebook.com/BeYogaCrosby/
Dave Spencer is an amazing teacher. His work is compassionate, accessible and completely authentic. He teaches from the heart and it is a privilege to have been part of his groups.
Graeme Waterfield – Counsellor, Yoga teacher, Tai Chi teacher, Meditation teacher and Life Coach.
As an experienced, professional meditation and yoga teacher I fully endorse the integrity, authenticity and quality of Dave Spencer’s teaching. His professional and unique teaching style shows a grounded and genuine depth of knowledge around mindfulness, meditation, yoga and well-being.