May 15 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place Monday 14 to Friday 18 May and colleagues are encouraged to take some time to focus on their personal health and wellbeing.

Staff Health and Wellbeing supports an holistic approach and covers the physical, mental and social wellbeing of staff. Not one size fits all and the team has developed a range of activities for colleagaues over the last year.

Why not explore some of our staff activities? There is something for everyone.

Further suggestions and ideas are always welcome, please contact the team

Mindful Mondays
A guided meditation session which is open to everyone regardless of beliefs or experience.
Mondays 12.30 – 1 pm, the Chapel.
Find out more or contact Sofia Mason

Mindful Lunches
Colleagues are invited to leave their desks for a peaceful lunch break by the pond between Founders and Jane Holloway Hall.
Wednesdays, 12.30-1pm. Meet at the Jane Holloway Building.
Find out more or contact Sofia Mason

Staff Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini Yoga classes bring together all the facets of yoga in a unique and effective way. Come and strengthen and stretch your body, stimulate your glandular system and calm your mind. Beginners and those with physical limitations welcome.
Thursdays, 5.15 – 6.30 pm, FE139.
Pay as much as you fee from 5p to £5.
Find out more or contact Rae Roberts.

Staff Colouring Group
Meet colleagues for coffee, conversation and colouring over lunch (BYO Lunch). Pencils and diagrams provided unless staff want to bring their own. Very informal, stay as long as you want.
Thursdays, 12.30-1.30pm, FW31.
Find out more or contact the Health and Wellbeing team.

Weekly Staff Complementary Therapist Sessions
Alternating between the main campus and Huntersdale on a Friday. Treatments offered are; Indian Head Massage, Hand and Arm Massage and Foot and Leg Massage.
£10 for 25 minutes. Slots available 9am - 5.30 pm.
For bookings and information, contact Mary Rayner of MARA Wellbeing directly on 07922 696403 or email

Staff Knitting and Crocheting Group
From June a new Staff Knitting and Crocheting Group will be meeting every Tuesday in the Breath Space in Founder's Building from 12.30 pm. Suitable for all levels.
For further details please contact Eva Dann in the Library.

Sports Centre
The Sports Centre run a number of staff only sport activities.
These are:

  • Football (7 a side), Mondays 5-6pm
  • Back to Netball, Tuesdays, 5.30 – 6.30pm
  • Staff Badminton, Tuesdays 6-8pm
  • Staff Yoga, Tuesdays, 5.30 – 6.30pm
  • Staff Studio Cycling, Wednesday, 5.15 – 6.15pm
  • Football (7 a side), Thursdays, 6-7pm
  • Squash, Fridays, 6-8pm.

Find out more.

Step into Spring Team and Individual Walking Challenge
This month 25 teams and a number of individuals are participating in our Step into Spring Team and Individual Walking Challenge as part of National Walking Month. In week one, over 500,000 steps were walked by our staff.

Lunchtime Walks
Throughout May, a number of led lunchtime walks have also been arranged. There is no need to book. Just turn up. You do not need to be participating in the Walking Challenge to join any of the lunchtime walks. Dates and times of the led walks are on the Staff Events page.

Wednesday Walk

On Wednesday 30 May, we will be launching our weekly Wednesday Walk. Meet at 12.30 pm at the Gold Postbox in Founder's Square where we will follow one of our Campus Walks. The duration of the walk is approximately 30 minutes.

Employee Assistance Programme
Don’t forget to make use of the College’s funded Employee Assistance Programme which is available to support staff juggle the demands of work and personal life. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days and 365 days per year and is accessible by phone, email and website. It is confidential and independent from College.

Carers Week
Juggling work and work responsibilities can be extremely challenging and we are running an event on Tuesday 12 June, 10.30am -2pm specifically for colleagues who are carers as part of National Carers Week. Further details to follow shortly on the Staff Events page.