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What's happening? View the Campaign summary 2021 (PDF, 125 KB) for this year.

April | Love Later Life

For April, we bring focus to later life experience and the wealth of opportunities it presents.

Reach Volunteering

Organisations like Reach Volunteering help connect charities and non-profit organisations with skilled volunteers. These volunteers share their skills as trustees, advisors or mentors, carrying out short term projects or ongoing operational roles.

Step Count Challenge 2021

On 3 May 2021, the immensely popular national 8-week challenge where teams across the UK, organised by Paths For All, will be launching once again. The challenge will run from Monday 3 May to Sunday 27 June.

The University Wellbeing & Engagement Group is, for the sixth year running, sponsoring staff teams so your registration fees will be paid for you.

The closing date for Step Count Challenge team sponsorship applications is 16 April 2021, 5:00PM.

For more information please visit the Step Count Challenge page.

April workshops

The following is a taster of the workshops on offer, please visit the online courses booking system (PDMS) for the full list of workshops and programmes available.

Loving Later Life: Flexible Yoga - Designed to develop and maintain flexibility, this 30-minute yoga class will involve yoga poses that are compatible with being seated for accessibilty. (7, 14, 21 & 28 April 2021)

Creative Writing for Wellbeing - Working with a published and experienced writer, you will participate in some activities and exercises that will help you develop and hone your writing skills. (19, 22, 26 & 29 April 2021)

Autumn Voices: Creativity and volunteering in later life - Robin Lloyd-Jones, esteemed Scottish author, biographer and social anthropologist, will be discussing his own experience of creativity and volunteering in later life, as well as some of the experiences of other Scottish authors he interviewed for his 2018 book, 'Autumn Voices: Scottish writers over 70 talk about their creativity in later life'. (19 April 2021)

Mindfulness - Mindfulness practice teaches us to stay in the present moment: paying attention, on purpose, to the present without stress provoking negative judgments. By becoming more mindful we can see more clearly the patterns of the mind and as a result find we have more choice and skill in how we respond to the challenges of our lives. (20 April 2021)

 

March | Heart and lungs

For the month of March, we take the opportunity to highlight and address heart and lung health. As part of our provision to help people improve their heart and lung health, we are highlighting exercise opportunities from the Saints Sports YouTube channel as well as announcing the return of Step Count Challenge for 2021.

No Smoking | 11th March 2021

Every year, three-quarters of a million people attempt to give up on No Smoking Day. Since the campaign’s launch in 1984, No Smoking Day has helped more than 1.5 million people stub their cigarettes out for good.

For more information and support on quiting smoking, go to the British Heart Foundation for smoking cessation.

FREE Personal Quit Plan

Step Count Challenge 2021

On 3 May 2021, the immensely popular national 8-week challenge where teams across the UK, organised by Paths For All, will be launching once again. The challenge will run from Monday 3 May to Sunday 27 June.

The University Wellbeing & Engagement Group is, for the sixth year running, sponsoring staff teams so your registration fees will be paid for you.

The closing date for Step Count Challenge team sponsorship applications is 16 April 2021, 5:00PM.

For more information please visit the Step Count Challenge page.

March workshops

The following is a taster of the workshops on offer, please visit the online courses booking system (PDMS) for the full list of workshops and programmes available.

Maximising Personal Effectiveness - is a fun course, useful for everyone including those taking on new roles & responsibilities or other changes. (11th March)

Creating Positive Outcomes - draws on practical concepts from the areas of conflict management, mediation and influencing. (18th March)

Ease the Load - This course has been developed to help effectively manage a hectic and complex workload and support us as we focus on the important, plan our work effectively and attack it with confidence. (23rd to 25th March)

 

February | Self-care

'Self-care' can be defined as a series of desired attitudes, behaviours and techniques meant to help maintain and improve, through their own autonomy, a person's overall wellbeing. This can be applied to the many different factors that make up a person's wellbeing too; physical, mental, social, financial, environmental, etc.

Understand what matters to you
For us to exercise self-care, you need to have the best understanding that you can get of what matters to you. You need to understand:

  • What is important to me? (career, family, home, fun, friends, physical health, experiences, etc.)
  • What do I have that fulfills what is important to me? (a job I enjoy, good relationships with my family, etc.)
  • What am I missing that would help what is important to me? (more time spent doing hobbies, more money to go travelling, etc.)

From there, it is easier for you to set SMART goals and behaviours that help you achieve better self-care.

If you would like to learn more about other ways you can practive self-care, please go to the Counselling Directory's Guide to "Self-Care at Work"

Breakthru App

Breakthru, a new wellbeing tool for in Microsoft Teams, is available for staff and students to use throughout the working day.

The aim of the tool is to combat sedentary behaviour and build new restorative habits as we work remotely. The Breakthru app guides you through a two-minute immersive microbreak as a lighthearted way to recharge between tasks.

Please see the IT Services Blog article for further information.

January | Be kind to yourself and others

Be kind to yourself and others

In the context of your work, here is some of the advice we are able to offer to help you exercise that:

  • If the 'big picture' is too much, focus on the individual tasks you can do
  • If you don't meet your set goals, don't punish yourself. Accept it and do what you can.
  • Don't forgive yourself, only to expect yourself to make up for it later
  • Only do the best you can with what you have, it's all anyone can ask of you

January workshops

Jump Out of January - The sessions are designed to help those who wish to commit to making a change in their nutrition, fitness and mindset for a happier healthier start to the new year. (8 x 45mins online sessions)

Can Do Reading Lunch - Join the Library & Museum Team for a 1-hour group reading lunch.  Research has shown that reading for pleasure has a direct impact on wellbeing, and sharing a love of books and reading with others can amplify the benefits.

Three tips to improve your digital wellbeing

Technology has played a vital role in our lives during this year. In the midst of virtual events and video calls, take the opportunity to pick out any bad habits we’ve developed along the way, take back control, and improve our digital wellbeing.

Please visit the IT Blog to read the full article.

Wellbeing & Engagement Group
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    2020 calendar

    2019 calendar

    2018 calendar