Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

"Travel to Learn, Return to Inspire"

Dan Farnworth - Churchill Fellow 2018

Dan currently works for North West Ambulance Service working on the frontline, providing 999 services to the people of Lancashire, England. Dan is also the co-founder Our Blue Light – a network of emergency and essential services working together to improve the health and wellbeing of our colleagues. In 2017, Dan was lucky to work closely with the Heads Together Programme which was orchestrated by the amazing team at the Royal Foundation. During 2017, he managed to start to change the conversation surrounding mental health, striving to make the topic of mental health an acceptable and daily conversation. In 2018 the focus of Our Blue Light and Heads Together is shifting towards workplace wellbeing, his fellowship involves exploring specific models of wellbeing that are in place in the public services of the USA and Canada. I hope that my findings will help to support the ongoing work of Our Blue Light and Heads Together, to ensure that everyone in the UK has a happy and healthy place to work.
  1. Ottawa
    Ontario Canada
  2. New York City
    New York USA
  3. Paramus
    New Jersey USA
  4. Baton Rouge
    Louisiana USA
  5. New Orleans
    Louisiana USA
  6. Las Vegas
    Nevada USA
  7. Washington D.C.
    District of Columbia USA


Dans' Fellowship

Sir Winston Churchill

Each year more than 100 Fellowships are awarded for a wide range of projects. The Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for UK citizens to travel overseas to bring back fresh ideas and new solutions to today’s issues, for the benefit of others in the UK. This allows them to maximise what they can achieve in their lifetime, both as leaders and role models to inspire others, but also in personal development terms. These opportunities are offered to people of any age, gender, ethnicity or religion, with or without educational qualifications, and in any occupation or none.

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I have personal experience of suffering from PTSD which was related to an incident I attended whilst working for the UK Emergency Services. Initially I was scared to admit I had a problem due to the stigma surrounding mental health. Since my recovery I have strived to ensure that my experience has been shared so that others feel that it is okay to talk and that mental health conversations are acceptable.
I am hoping to learn from our colleagues in the USA and Canada about how they strategically approach health and wellbeing in the workplace and what impact this has operationally at the grass roots"

Sir Winston Churchill understood the Power of potential. He also believed that people meeting face to face to share ideas would increase global understanding. 
The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust continues this legacy by funding UK citizens from all backgrounds to travel overseas in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of challenges facing the UK, their motto:
“Travel to Learn, Return to Inspire”.

Sir Winston Churchill