Hope you are all doing well. The Wellbeing Project Group have been continuing work on collating more ideas and tips to help us all through these strange times. Going forward we are going to be sending out regular ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ emails with new ideas and updates. We will also be uploading each email on to the Staff Intranet too, so be sure to take a look back at the advice in our last email.
Things to watch/read/try:
Our Wellbeing Champions have started a great document, that has lots of different suggestions on things to do/read/watch to keep us all entertained. This document is a live google doc so feel free to add any suggestions you have, that other people might be interested in too! We would love for this to be a conversation starter so if you watch something someone else has recommended, why not send them an email to let them know what you thought? To access the document, please click here.
Book Club – Sally has very kindly led on coordinating our first virtual Book Club! The book club will be reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte in April. If you want to get involved you can find the paperback version for less than £3 for a new copy on amazon here or even cheaper for a used copy. It's only 99p on kindles and there's a great free audiobook read by Thandie Newton that's free here. Email Sally (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will invite you to the discussion at the end of the month. Also if you want to suggest a book to read in May, let Sally know.
Chocolate Club – Chocolate Club is also still taking place virtually! Obviously, don’t go out specifically to buy just chocolate but next time you’re out getting essentials it’s a good excuse to stock up! If you don’t have chocolate, any sweet treat will do. Please contact Liz (email@example.com) if you would like to take part.
We have a few more ideas for clubs that can take place and get us all connected. Such as a Movie club (everyone watches the same movie at the same time) or a Sports club (watching old sports matches – for those that are missing live sports!). If you are interested in being part of or leading one of those (or an idea of your own) do let Lucy or Dani know.
Phone call catchups
We are also aware that not all staff are currently able to access video conferencing/IT and want to make sure that everyone can get involved and have a chat with their colleagues as you would in the office! We would like to introduce a chatting system, where you can have a phone call chat with someone random in the organisation– like the ‘random coffee’ idea. If you would like to be involved in this, please let us know and we will collate a group. If line managers are talking to staff that might not receive this email, please can you pass this on and let us know who would like to be involved!
University Wellbeing Page
The university has also set up a Coronavirus and Staff Wellbeing page on their intranet which has lots of great ideas (including details of virtual Zumba and Yoga!) and some nice videos of staff sharing what they’ve been doing for their wellbeing during this time.
We hope you all have a nice Easter break and try to get some sun (where possible and following government guidance). Take time to look after yourself and don’t feel guilty for not doing too much – we don’t all have to learn how to run marathons or reorganise the whole house during this time! Just looking after yourself and your family is enough ??
Keep talking to each other, your friends and family and remember that if you need more support you can contact the SU mental health first aiders (and Healthy Hallam Champions): Dan Williams, Janet Heiser and Dani Thornton-Walker, or contact Employee Assistance Programme and the Samaritans (available 24 hours a day).
If you have any ideas or things you would like us to include in the next newsletter please contact Lucy Wheeler and Dani Thornton-Walker.
The Wellbeing Project Team