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Staff benefits and wellbeing update

01 Aug 2019

Get some more happiness, check out our facilities on campus and enter the latest staff wellbeing prize draw!

Happy sunflowers

August has arrived and there are a number of fantastic staff wellbeing activities that you can access this month - all link to our Six ways to Wellbeing. The staff wellbeing calendar has all the latest for you! These include our Be Active summer programme, exhibitions at The Whitworth, Mindful Movement at St Peter's House and how to sign up for this year's Pride event! For those who enjoy following Action for Happiness their Altrustic August calendar gives you daily actions to help you spread more happiness by helping others.

Many of you enjoyed the staff wellbeing lecture on How to be happier earlier this year with Jo from the Happiness Club. Part of the work she does is to run an online membership for The Happiness Club, which is designed to help people deal with and overcome things like stress, anxiety and depression as well as simply learn how to proactively look after their mental wellbeing on a daily basis. Members receive direct access to Jo and a team of Happiness Club trainers to discuss any issues they may be having plus we run live webinars and members receive a daily message containing a tool or strategy for them to implement that day, they can receive the daily message via email, Facebook or The Happiness Club App. Jo is offering you the opportunity for a one month free trial of the club. All you need to do is click this link and enter your details, you will then automatically receive the free month. This is a great opportunity to do something for your own mental wellbeing!

All our previous wellbeing lectures can be rewatched online via on staff wellbeing website including the latest to be added on Understanding Prostate Cancer.

Blackwells

Summer is a time for clear out and Blackwell's, the campus bookshop, have always bought and sold second-hand books . But now they have increased the range and number of books they are able to buy back. So, if you have old or surplus books in your offices or at home, why not take them along to Blackwell's at University Green to see if you can turn them into cash? Academic or general titles, Fiction or Non-Fiction, all books will be considered for purchase. If you have any queries, contact the bookshop on 0161 274 3331 or manchester@blackwell.co.uk/. Don’t forget you can also save 10% on books and other items at Blackwells and 10% off at their in-house Caffe Nero. Just show your staff ID card.

Why not show support to our Food on Campus outlets. FoodinAdvance enables you to register your Staff ID card to preload funds. When using campus outlets you then save 10% on purchases when showing your card. Manchester Museum and the Whitworth offer time for a cultural time out and have discounts in their shops for staff and staff can receive 15% discount on admissions at Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre.

Don’t forget the Be Active Summer programme runs until the end of August. There are class for beginners right up to high intensity workouts!

Prize draw

Toby Parsonage from the School of Materials, won the recent staff wellbeing prize draw for a Happy FriendinaBox gift box. He cleverly knew that All You Need is Love was by The Beatles! This month's prize draw is to win either a Back to Nature or a Feel Good FriendinaBox gift box. For your chance to win just answer the following:

Q. What location was recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

a) Jodrell Bank Observatory

b) Barclays Bank (....hint see above!)

Please email your answer and your contact details to staffwellbeing@manchester.ac.uk marking the subject UNESCO by midnight on the 31st August. The winner will be announced the first week of September.

Further information

Keep up to date with all your wellbeing, benefits, payroll giving and staff recognition schemes via www.manchester.ac.uk/reward