Date and Time
Thursday 4 November 2021 (12:45 - 15:45)
£60.00 (£75.00 non-members)
How to support the mental health and wellbeing of staff and students is key in all our organisations. We are delighted to offer an enhanced opportunity for staff to network and develop good practice in wellbeing initiatives.
The focus of this meeting is an innovative initiative to develop staff wellbeing. As such, we are pleased to welcome Cassie Hudson and Debbie Gibson (Health and Wellbeing Champions, Leeds City College) who will share examples of good practice taking place in their college departments, and the difference that 45 Wellbeing Champions are making to colleagues within the three FE colleges of the Luminate Education Group: Leeds City College, Harrogate College and Keighley College.
Formally launched in Mental Health Awareness week in October 2020, this initiative developed following a training session by Hero. We are therefore delighted that Sam Gaunt, Head of Content and Delivery at Hero, has offered to attend the meeting to explain the rationale for the training and answer your questions.
Essentially, the Champions’ role is to have informal wellbeing conversations with staff, followed by signposting colleagues to sources of support, as appropriate. Champions also undertake health and wellbeing activities within their departments, organise talks, and share positive news stories. There are also clear boundaries regarding what the role does not entail, and important half-termly meetings are held for Champions to share and support each other.
We know that collaboration is a powerful form of professional development, and our networks are designed to facilitate and encourage peer collaboration. An important part of the session will therefore be a scheduled opportunity to network, learn about colleagues’ successes, hear each other’s ideas and develop solutions to ongoing challenges. So come and join us for this exciting network, to both share your experiences and be inspired by new ideas and initiatives.
Facilitated by Karen Plowman (Head of Professional Development, Skills and Education Group), there will also be plenty of opportunity for participants to ask questions and share their own organisational approaches to the promotion of staff wellbeing.