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The Wellbeing and Engagement Group organises events, activities and promotions all year round, based upon specific monthly themes.  These news pages include:

  • 'Hot off the press!' which is up to date news and information on health and wellbeing events/ activities organised by the group;
  • 'Your Well Now' which includes your news, activities, outcomes, social activities/events and fundraising; and
  • Archives for the current years news.

'Your Well Now!' - submit information and news on your events/activities to: wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

Looking for some motivation to improve your fitness?

The Health & Fitness Team are delighted to announce that they are able to offer Outdoor Personal Training for members of the University Sports Centre.

Clients will have the opportunity to set and work towards specific fitness goals with the assistance of a Personal Trainer. Selected gym equipment will be available for use during sessions.

SessionsIndividualBuddy (2 people)
1x £39.50 £54.00
3x £112.50 £145.00
5x £172.50 £228.00
10x £324.00 £424.00

If you are interested in a free, virtual consultation, please contact the Health & Fitness Team (healthandfitness@st-andrews.ac.uk).

Staff networks - Community in the workplace

Staff Networks have the incredibly potential to support and empower people within an organisation.
 

They can develop community through shared characteristics, providing peer support, channelling resources and raising the profile of under-represented points-of-view.
 
As part of Community Month, we are taking this opportunity to promote the University's Staff Networks:
If you are interested in joining the network that provide a social calendar and other organised events, please contact diversity@st-andrews.ac.uk

Effective Coaching ILM Level 3 Award

This programme is for staff who are willing to be deployed as a staff coach for a maximum of 2 hours per month post-course to coach colleagues. During the course, participants will be required to attend 4 workshops, undertake practical and written assignments.

Eligibility: 
The criteria for the selection process are a demonstrated interest in coaching, demonstrated interest in helping others develop and attendance of a previous coaching programme (Introduction to Coaching and/or equivalent). 

Competencies include the ability and willingness to: 

  • Build rapport and empathy 
  • Actively listen and reflect back 
  • Effectively use non-verbal language 
  • Ask effective questions
  • Give and receive feedback
  • Remain detached and non-judgemental
  • Challenge others constructively
  • Keep confidentiality
  • Respect differences

Application process: 

Applicants will complete an application for which includes support from your line manager.

Application Form

Further information:

Note that there is there is no cost to the participant. If you would like further details about coaching at St Andrews please visit the coaching website.

If you have any questions, please contact us at afet1@st-andrews.ac.uk.


Transition Pathway: Resilience

The relocation to the new Eden Campus has been on your horizon for some time. Now that this change is coming closer, this workshop will give you an opportunity to explore your feelings and emotions about it. Critically, this workshop will give you some important strategies to help you to move forward in the best way for you.

This interactive workshop will support your transition by exploring three key areas:

  • Dealing with change
  • Letting go and waving Goodbye
  • Key tools and techniques to say Hello

For more information please visit the Transition Pathway webpage.


Desk Stretches

Take some time to do a little moving and shaking throughout the day in the comfort of your office space.  Try these Desk Stretches (PDF, 914 KB).


Recruiting: WWOW Leaders

We are looking to expand our network of Wee Walk Once a Week Leaders.

We need more walk leaders to lead our roster of walks in the town and develop Walk Leaders for the Eden Campus Relocation.  If you are interested in training to become a WWOW Leader, please register your details by contacting wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk

Due to technical difficulty in our Well Now! June Edition, we were unable to receive emails of interest.  If you have already submitted your interest please submit it again to wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk and a confirmation email will be sent in response.


University Staff Networks

If you are interested in joining the network that provides a social calendar and other organised events, please contact diversity@st-andrews.ac.uk


Dementia Friendly St Andrews

The group works with people in the local area to run and support fun and enjoyable events and activities within St Andrews that people with dementia can attend and participate in. The group has hosted fashion shows, concerts and afternoon tea fundraisers to name a few.

The group is always looking for volunteers that can support or host events and come up with innovative ideas for raising funds for research foundations.

If you are interested in participating in any upcoming events or wish to learn more, please go to their Facebook page or contact Dr Maggie Ellis at mpe2@st-andrews.ac.uk


University Staff Book Club

Meet colleagues and make friends discussing books - one evening per month.  For more information please contact Elaine (em45@st-andrews.ac.uk/ext 2331)


Dementia Support Group

A small friendly group that meets twice a semester (usually Mon or Tue) at 13.05.  The meetings are informal, you can leave when you need to - bring your lunch and eat with colleagues.  If you are affected by dementia in any way (and at any time) you are more than welcome to join the group.

For more information, please contact: jtp22@st-andrews.ac.uk - you can also request to be put on the mailing list.


St Andrews Skillshare Community

Learn simple new skills such as dry stone walling, breadmaking, knitting, knife making, pallet furniture/hut making, cheese making, laptop maintenance, languages, pruning/gardening and lots more.  Want to share your skills with others, or have questions, contact: tt39@st-andrews.ac.uk

To view the skills on offer and keep up to date with any news, please visit the St Andrews Skillshare Community on Facebook.

Saints Sports Summer Camps

The camps available are Rugby Camp, Hockey Camp and Tennis Lessons.

Staff can now book places online, with no restriction on the number of sessions that you can book. You will need a Junior Saints membership number to book online. If you do not have a membership number, contact the Sports Centre Reception at sportsreception@st-andrews.ac.uk for assistance.


Death Cafe | Wed 19 August, 14.00 to 15.00

Free but ticketed, reserve your free place at byretheatre.com.  A welcoming, safe and friendly space to openly discuss death and dying.

Join the virtual Death Café


Volunteering and Mutal Aid in the COVID-19 Crisis

CASA's aim has been to help the community work together to stay as happy and healthy as possible. The group is very flexible: As the crisis has evolved, so has the group. While in the first few weeks we were dealing with urgent food and medicine requests, now the issues are mental health, social support, and sharing positive news.

If you're interested in getting involved in CASA as a volunteer, you can email us: hello@communityaidstandrews.co.uk, visit our website or join our Facebook group.


Saints Sport: Stay Home | Stay FIT

For daily exercise videos visit the Saints Sport YouTube Channel.


A call for kindness | submit stories

We would like to pay tribute to kindness within the University community to coincide with the theme set for May’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Selected stories will be published as a longform feature on the University website, and may cover the time period both during and prior to the current pandemic (the modest among you may prefer to be anonymous, if so please state).

If you would like to take part, please share your kindness stories by emailing gec3@st-andrews.ac.uk.


University Mental Health Strategy

Launched at the end of January 2020, the University has introduced its first, institution-wide, mental health strategy.

In recognition of the needs of all students and staff, the Universityhas taken a whole-university approach to mental health and making it a strategic priority.

For more information please see the University Mental Health Strategy.


Wellbeing advice for homeworking

The new wellbeing advice for staff webpage includes information and advice on:

  • staying safe
  • working environment
  • physical wellbeing
  • mental wellbeing
  • staying social
  • further external resources

Working remotely during the coronavirus has its own separate webpage with specific information and advice on:

  • successful homeworking
  • working communications
  • environment and equipment
  • wellbeing in isolation

These webpages are being regularly updated with new advice, information and resources as they become available. Please check these webpages frequently for any new information.


Additional Wellbeing workshops


Lunchtime Yoga | Rayna Rogowsky

Designed to relax and soothe, this 30-minute class will include breathing exercises, gentle movement to release restless energy, gentle inversions, and extended lying-down poses for relaxation.

You can expect to come away from this class feeling relaxed and a little sleepy.

Please note that 3 dates are available to book separately on 13th, 20th, and 27th May.


Introduction to Talking Therapy

Join Julie Ramage, the University's Occupational Health Cognitive Behavioural Therapist who will provide an overview of talking therapy on Wednesday 20th May, 12.30 - 13.15.  Visit PDMS to book a place.

The talk will start with a brief look at the traditions of talking therapies and the evidence supporting their use; and addressing some misconceptions. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the session.

By the end of this session, you will be:

  • introduced to the traditions of talking therapy
  • shown the evidence supporting the use and effectiveness of talking therapy
  • guided in addressing some of the common misconceptions surrounding talking therapy
  • given the opportunity to ask questions about talking therapy
  • provided with further resources in how and where to access talking therapy

Changes in wellbeing delivery

Due to the change in how we are able to deliver our wellbeing activities, Well Now and its content are changing. Some of the changes that are occurring are:

  • Wellbeing activities, events and courses and initiatives are going to be delivered online until such time that we are able to host in-person courses and training.
  • The 'Wellbeing with Waterstones' monthly book giveaway will be giving away eBooks rather than physical paper books.
  • There will be a continuing emphasis on maintaining wellbeing at home for those University employees who are homebased.

We are still committed to delivering our wellbeing action plan and monthly themes as best as possible under the present constraints.

If you have any suggestions or feedback on home-based activities that you would like to have as part of our staff wellbeing provision, please contact the team at wellbeingforstaff@st-andrews.ac.uk.


Step Count Challenge 2020

This year, due to the present public activity restrictions a few things are changing about Step Count Challenge for 2020:

  • The challenge will start on Monday 4 May 2020
  • The challenge will run for 4 weeks and end on Sunday 31 May 2020, 11:59PM
  • You may form your team with members of your household, and they do not have to be associated with the University
  • There is no registration fee.

For more information about Step Count Challenge, see our dedicated webpage.

The closing date for Step Count Challenge team sponsorship applications is 24 April 2020, 5:00PM.


Call for participants in Health Psychology Survey

We invite you to participate in a research project about understanding the factors impacting participation to Wee Walk Once a Week (WWOW) walking group at the University of St Andrews. You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire about your attendance/non-attendance of WWOW. The questionnaire is expected to take no longer than 15 minutes.  The walk organiser will be unaware of your participation in this study.

If you are interested, please click on this link: Wee Walk Once A Week Questionnaire


'Doing Art in the Bell Pettigrew' Society

The informal sessions start with refreshment and discussion, followed by dispersing around the museum to draw or paint. It's a great opportunity to meet colleagues and students from across the University who enjoy art in a fascinating and absorbing environment.

All staff and postgraduate students are welcome to join. No artistic ability required. Participants must bring their own materials. This is not an art class so there is no fee or formal instruction.

Sessions run on Tuesdays (fortnightly), 7 PM - 10 PM throughout the academic year (September to June). If you are interested in coming along or have any questions, please email Alice Carradice: amc17@st-andrews.ac.uk.


Adult Art Classes

Dates: October 2019 to April 2020
Venue: Holy Trinity Church Halls, Queens Terrace St Andrews

Local Artist and former lecturer of Art at Elmwood College, Jaclyn Stuart, is hosting art classes for adults at Holy Trinity Church Hall.

Her classes include:
  • Drawing the Human Form
  • Drawing from Art History
  • Beginners Oil Painting
  • Beginners Acrylic Painting
  • Painting the Portait
  • Watercolour - Painting the Still Life

For more information, please visit the Eden Art St Andrews webpage.


COVID-19

In line with advice from the UK and Scottish Governments, the University has now advised that all non-essential face-to-face activities should be curtailed and has implemented a remote working policy.

On this basis, the majority of CAPOD's staff wellbeing and professional development activities scheduled from now until the end of May have either been cancelled or have been converted to delivery by web/Moodle or live online session.

Please be reassured, that your colleagues in CAPOD are working to create a programme of professional development, practical home-working support, wellbeing content and resources, all by alternative means including via Teams, Moodle and web. 

We will keep you in the loop with regular updates to promote these new development activities as they become available.


Fabulous February - 'Self-Care' month

Self-care really can be whatever you need it to be, but you need to listen to yourself to really understand what you really want.‌

  • Assess your situation
  • Learn to say 'No' - and not feel guilty
  • Nurture with Nutrition
  • Move your body
  • Sleep well
  • Talk to others
  • Ask for help

If you would like to learn more visit the Counselling Directory's Guide to "Self-care at work".


Fresh Produce Giveaway

We are working to make nutritional wellbeing easier to access by giving away a kilogram of fruit and a kilogram of vegetables to 50 lucky subscribers. 

Email: wellbeingforstaff@st-andrews.ac.uk

Only one entry per person, closing date is Friday 14th February with winners being notified soon after.


Give a cup a go | Menstral Cup Giveaway!

To raise awareness of period poverty, menstrual wellbeing and the need for more environmentally-friendly mentrual products, we are delighted to be working with Hey Girls - a social enterprise based in Musselburgh - lead a workshop (Wednesday 4th March; 17.30 to 18.15 - book your place) in how to use a Menstrual Cup.  We are also giving away Menstral Cups during the month of February.

If you are interested in receiving a menstrual cup, please email: wellbeingforstaff@st-andrews.ac.uk to request either a small or large menstrual cup. Size information is displayed below:

Small: for those aged under 25 and not given birth vaginally

Large: for those aged over 25 or have given birth vaginally regardless of age

Terms & Conditions:

  • Priority will be given to those who sign up to attend the Menstrual Wellbeing Workshop
  • Staff may only submit one request for a menstrual and receive one menstrual cup
  • Staff who request a menstrual cup will be contacted to advise where they will be able to collect their cup once it becomes available

#Pads4Dads

Many Dads' that we spoke to said they don’t know enough about periods to feel confident having ‘the chat’ with their kids. Chances are no one told them about periods when they were younger, or maybe they just feel a bit awkward and leave things to Mum.

‌We think it’s a bit nuts that around half the population has a period almost every month, but that they can still be seen as secret and shameful. We’re pushing for better education about periods in schools for all pupils so we can end the stigma around periods.

In the meantime, Dads have told us that they need a helping hand. So, we have created Pads 4 Dads – a quick overview by Dads for Dads – to help you have positive conversations with all your kids about periods.

Check out Hey Girls' PDF guide for Dads to help support you in talking about periods.


StAIGS | Interdisciplinary speakers' series 2020

The St Andrews Institute for Gender Studies (StAIGS) brings together staff from across the university with research interests in gender. StAIGS has over 100 Academic Affiliates across 17 schools. 

Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field of research, encompassing the study of issues that range from feminism and women’s studies to masculine studies, queer theory, and sexuality studies. Gender Studies is deeply committed to an intersectional analysis of the phenomena it examines, understanding that gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, power, and inequality are inextricably connected.  For more information visit the StAIGS Home page.

All the talks take place in: Edgecliffe Room 104; 13.00 to 14.00 (Tea/coffee from 12 noon in Common room) on the relevant dates mentioned below.

  • LGBTIQ+ - February 5th

  • Dictatorships - March 4th

  • Climate Crisis - April 1st


The Wellbeing & Engagement Group would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.   Many of us take the New Year as an opportunity to reflect on the year, and decade, that has past and set resolutions for change and improvement.

In the same way that we are asked to set our objectives for work, we would recommend the same approach for a New Year Resolution; by being SMART:

  • Specific - have defined, unambiguous parameters
  • Measurable - use specific criteria to measure progress
  • Achievable - be reasonably assessed as atainable
  • Realistic - be compatible with your life circumstances
  • Timely - have a defined timeline with milestones

For more information about setting SMART goals, follow the link: Setting SMART goals


NEW email address for Wellbeing

Please note the email for wellbeing has changed to: wellbeingforstaff@st-andrews.ac.uk

Wellbeing & Engagement Group
E: wellbeingforstaff@st-andrews.ac.uk

Every month the group organises activities, events and promotions around different health and wellbeing themes.

Sign up to the Well Now! newsletter email: wellbeingforstaff@st-andrews.ac.uk

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