Previous feedback revealed that the wellbeing of some staff members declined following the negative impacts of the pandemic over the last two years. Some felt a greater sense of isolation from their friends, family and colleagues which resulted into feelings of loneliness. Therefore, it was important for the University to find ways individuals could feel part of our community again, as well as offer support where needed.
Aimed at staff from across the University, these sessions are an opportunity for colleagues to relax from the daily stresses of life, meet others, and seek wellbeing advice and guidance.
They are intended to be a safe but informal space, so come along and help yourself to a cuppa (that’s right, there’ll be free coffee and tea available!).
The first Wellbeing Café takes place this Thursday (27 January) from 2pm-4pm at the Village Bar on the East Midlands campus. No booking is required; the session will be facilitated by a member of the Occupational Health team and a representative of the Chaplaincy will also be present in addition to some of our Wellbeing Champions.
The team hope to run the Cafés on a fortnightly basis, but whilst the initiative is in its pilot phase they will be seeking feedback from colleagues as to what works best.
The next sessions are planned for the following dates:
Wednesday 9 February
Thursday 24 February
Wednesday 9 March
Thursday 24 March
The Wellbeing Cafés are part of the University’s Wellbeing Framework, which aims to increase health and wellbeing opportunities for staff. More information on the Framework can be found here.