Get to know us – Q&A with Mode for… boss, Tabby Kerwin!

It’s time to get to know the team that little bit better, whilst finding out more about Mode for… along the way!

First up is Director, Tabby Kerwin! All round wonderwoman, with so many strings to her bow whilst always adding more! Good food & wine lover…oh and cats! Find out what she answered below;

Who are you & what do you do? 

I’m Tabby and I’m am the lady behind Mode for… You’ll find me constantly working in and on the business, developing what we do and actively working as a performance coach, trainer and writer.


How long have you been running Mode for…?

My late husband Simon and I co-founded Mode for… back in 2008 and I’ve been going solo since 2018 when Simon sadly died. It has been my passion for 14 years and I love it.


What’s your favourite memory of your time running Mode for…?

Ooh, tricky to pick out just one but I think it’s more the feelings and emotions that stick with me over the years, especially as I’ve been so fortunate to experience so many things from performing at amazing international sporting events to holding interventions with people to live happier lives. Creating opportunities for other people is definitely up there in the best memories bank and every moment Simon and I shared in the business is precious. It’s not always been easy thanks to things like recessions and global pandemics, but it’s been one hell of a ride so far!


What hobbies do you have outside of work?

Travelling and I’m a real foodie and lover of great wine. I love anything that’s an experience.


Tell us something exciting coming for Mode for… that we might not know about?

There’s always something new and some things will happen soon I don’t know about yet myself because we do tend to roll with what our clients need, but we are preparing our own bespoke emotional fitness, mental health and wellness programmes which we will be rolling out. I especially love this as I’m hoping it will give opportunities to other trainers to come on board and experience the Mode for… life.


What are you studying at University? And how are you finding it? 

I’m just in the last few months of completing my Masters in Applied Positive Psychology. This final year has been tough but I’ve loved it all… except quantitative statistics – not so much a fan of that!


Which is your most favourite area of the business?

I genuinely love it all and that’s because I maintain the ethos Simon and I set the business up on which is do what we love and love what we do. If I didn’t love a particular part of the business and it didn’t serve me and my clients it would be gone.


Why do you love what you do? 

Because every day is different and there are endless possibilities to do things that genuinely make me happy, plus I get to share that with some awesome people – especially my incredible team at Mode for…

April

Hey my lovelies!

So that month went fast!

Lots of training, coaching, writing and a ton of university Masters research this end… how about you?

What have we been up to this month?

Tabby attended the Rebel Health & Fitness, Wild Soul Retreat at the beginning of the month. 3 days of good food, yoga teaching, cold water swimming & spending time reconnecting. There’ll be a blog coming soon on it and if you fancy it, they’re actually running another of 1-4 July – find out more details here

Tabby judged a small youth brass music festival for Carlton Crotchets, whilst taking the time to lead performers and audience in some wellness tips, breathing exercises and ways to reframe nerves as excitement.

Tabby returned to our Italian HQ….the first time since October and since the new kitchen has been in. The new kitchen was used, she caught up with friends, drank a few tipples and ate lots of good Italian food! As soon as she left, renovations began again with the new office being stripped and redecorated, ready for use on our next trip!

Tabby & Keri had a lovely catch up in the sunshine. Even the Mode for…dogs got involved!

Tabby spent more time with our amazing corporate clients Anderson Barrowcliffe, supporting their team with wellness reviews, monthly chats and bags of information.

We are delighted that this month, we trained another 14 Mental Health First Aiders in London, supporting their businesses and organisations with the knowledge to help others.
If you’d like to become a Mental Health First Aider, get in touch

What’s a bank holiday weekend without a trip to Cumbria & a weekend of good food hey?

And then it was back to reality with uni research, revision and even an exam this evening – wish Tabby luck!!

And finally, a good luck to all the bands competing in the European Brass Band Champs in Birmingham this weekend. Remember to breathe, and enjoy the performance!

Much Love

The Mode for… team xx

March!

Hey my lovelies!

Here at Mode for… it’s been a full one with lots of music, corporate client work, performance coaching and writing.

Here’s what we’ve been up to this month…

It’s Mode for…’s 14th birthday TODAY – Happy birthday to us!

We were delighted to return to The Ice Co to train 4 more members of their team in Mental Health Awareness.

Plyve Kache, our Ukrainian Folk Song free download hit over 100 downloads within it’s first few weeks of its release. We’ve been sent so many lovely recordings and videos of bands performing the piece and heard wonderful stories of how our music is helping support the wellbeing of people out in Ukraine during this horrible time. You can still download your copy for free and show your support by tagging us as #brassonthemind here.

The publishing side of our business, Mode for…Publishing, had it’s busiest day for music downloads, hitting over 160 downloads within the space of 8 hours!

A huge well done to all the bands around the country who competed in the Regional Championships this month!

Tabby presented a talk to the Environment Agency on Emotional Fitness and stress management which was a huge sucess and hopefully will help members of their team manage their wellbeing.
You can arrange these for your company or organisation too, just contact us for more details.

Tabby has been hard at work with our corporate client Anderson Barrowcliff this month, to implement a wellness provision for employees in their company. This includes monthly newsletters, posters for offices, a monthly confidential drop-in coaching day, mental health training and a programme of wellness and stress management talks.
Tabby has also been busy working with the company to host 1-2-1 employee performance and wellness reviews to both support employees and consult with partners to develop a strategy for the company that focuses on the needs and wellness of employees

Tabby attended a lovely relaxing weekend meditation retreat at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre, read about her weekend here

It’s been a busy month for Keri and the Weddings on the Mind part of the business. Wedding season is nearly upon us and couples are starting to finalise their wedding plans. We’ve loved hosting planning assistance sessions and coaching sessions for couples who are getting married this year. Contact us to find out more about how we can help with your wedding planning.

Keri got struck down with Covid this month so you may have noticed we’ve been abit quieter over on our social channels but don’t worry, she’s back in action and we’ll be back flooding your socials with goodness very soon!

What we’re looking forward to next month…

We are hoping to be able to get back out to Italy this month, it feels like so long ago we were last there and Tabby really wants to see her new kitchen (which was installed following our last trip in October….let’s hope she likes it!).

Tabby will be coaching on a retreat in Devon this month.

We have lots of Mental Health First Aid courses planned this month to get lots more people trained in Mental Health First Aid to support others.

The European Brass Band Championships are taking place this month, as well as the West of England Regional Championships – we wish all bands taking part the best of luck!

It’s Keri’s Birthday this month!!!! The last in her 20’s and the last as a Miss!

Much Love

The Mode for… Team x

What a weekend!


At the weekend I visited the Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre at Conishead Priory in Ulverston, South Lake District to both decompress from a busy month so far and to also gain some insight on wellbeing to help and better support colleagues and clients.

This was a weekend meditation retreat with a focus on restoring wellbeing using Buddhist teachings and what a great weekend it was. 

Such an impressive and beautiful location where in the grounds of a 12th Century Augustine priory a huge and inspiring Buddhist temple emerges from the landscape. Breathtaking!

Now, you could fully immerse yourself in these weekends and stay on campus, living a simple life and perhaps even completely detox nutritionally and digitally, but I chose to make it a hybrid experience, staying in the nearby town of Ulverston in a small house with friends who joined me in the retreat experience.

Over the course of the weekend we attended several meditation sessions and talks and whilst based on the Dharma (teachings of Buddha) this did not feel like a religious experience (personally not my bag) but words of total relevance and accuracy for how we need to think, feel and behave to increase our wellness and protect our mental health.

The consequence of the weekend (aside from another valuable lesson in red wine consumption!) was leaving feeling calmer, more open and a desire to implement simple daily practises for the benefit of myself and others. It was all so relevant.

Taking a few moments every day to meditate and to be more mindful about our thoughts, intentions and actions is incredibly beneficial for our overall health and wellness levels. The simple process (and granted simple does not always mean easy) of changing our thoughts to be more positive can help boost our mood and decrease levels of anxiety – in turn this helps us function better, be more productive and of course, increases our happiness levels.

If you need to gain a little more calm I thoroughly recommend you check out the meditation sessions at the centre and maybe even one of their retreats. Modestly priced and a great experience which you can either fully immerse yourself in or take the hybrid route like I did. 

It’s definitely an experience which will benefit myself and all those I work with and for. 🙏

Find out more at https://manjushri.org/

Much love

Tabby x

February!

February!
What a month!
We could hardly fit everything onto the moodboard!


February has gone so quickly for the Mode for… team!
We’ve battled through the storms and got everything done we wanted to achieve…and more!

Here’s what we got up to….

➡️ Tabby & Keri had their monthly day working together, planning all the plans! It even included a brainstorming dog walk…what better way to be working!

➡️ Tabby & Rob spent a weekend recording for a new CD, celebrating the music of Ray Steadman-Allen for what would be his 100th birthday. It featured guest soloists Peter Moore (Trombone) and Tom Nielsen (cornet) and will be available later this year through World of Brass.

➡️ We supported Children’s Mental Health Week at Brass on the Mind.
A huge thank you to Peter Moore, Helen Varley, Toni Durrant and John Barber for their valuable support.

➡️ Tabby visited one of our favourite fun clients ‘The Ice Co’ to deliver more Mental Health First Aid Training to their team – check out The Ice Co’s Winter Olympics videos!

➡️ Returning client Low Carbon had its latest cohort of managers complete Mental Health Awareness Training with us.

➡️ The PERFORM 8-week group has been going strong with only 2 weeks left!
➡️ If you’d like to be in the next cohort starting in April, let us know by popping us an email here and we’ll send you all the details.

➡️ We onboarded three new 1-2-1 coaching clients this month!
Meaning Tabby only has a few slots left for March so get in touch if you’d like to take up this amazing opportunity.

➡️ We started to recieve lovely reviews from people who have read our new book Weddings on the Mind, since it’s release last month
‘so easy to pick up and ready whilst you have a few mins to spare’
‘it’s worth every penny’
Grab your copy here and let us know what you think!

➡️ The new book also had it’s first signing…in Keri’s kitchen…with Arlo watching over to make sure Tabby spelt her name correctly!

➡️ All the Mode for… team, like most of the Brass Banding world, is prepping for the Regional Championships starting next month!
Good luck to every band out there taking part!

➡️ More free music was released as part of Simon Kerwin’s legacy. You can now grab Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto (1st Mvt) arrangement for euphonium duet and brass band here and by clicking on Publishing.

➡️ And last but not least….Tabby’s son Oliver turned the grand old age of 18!!!

Love
The Mode for…Team xx

The Mode for… Notebook

Mode for… is a diverse portfolio business created in 2008 by husband and wife team Tabby and Simon Kerwin.

Since Simon’s death in 2018, Tabby has continued to develop Mode for… based on its original ethose of “doing what we love and loving what we do” and today it is the place where experience, performance and wellness meet through creativity and learning.

A diverse portfolio of six areas of business focussing on brass bands to weddings, publishing to Italian events and experiences and performance wellness coaching to training in mental health and suicide prevention.

Mode for… continues to develop organically in an exciting and diverse way with Tabby and her team being their for the needs of their clients and colleages.

Keep up to date with all that goes on and join the Mode for… story through our blog, The Mode for…Notebook