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Staff benefits and wellbeing update

27 Feb 2020

We all need serenity in our lives and you can boost your wellbeing and mental health with a free concert, the Big White Wall and check out the health and beauty UniDiscounts and Wider Wallet that also support your financial wellbeing.

Spa at Macdonald Hotel

The Big White Wall is the University’s anonymous online mental health and wellbeing resource. The platform relaunched yesterday (26/2). You can see a quick video snapshot of it.

You can go to the Big White Wall for help with a range of issues – from anxiety, depression, stress, relationship problems and lifestyle challenges.  Most users report feeling better and more able to cope as a result of using the service. Big White Wall is monitored 24/7 by clinical professionals and as a result nearly 90% use the service outside of 9-5pm.

Following updates the site should now be easier to navigate with better ways of selecting content that matches your interests and needs.  There will also be a new FAQ. Exiting users of the platform will have to change their password if they have not done so, when next logging in. Please make sure that your password is at least 8 characters long and consists of UPPER CASE, lower case and numerical (1234567890) characters only. The new system won’t recognise any (*!?&/) Special Characters.  So if your password currently doesn’t meet this criteria, please reset it now. This will mean that your login process to the new platform should be seamless.

There is another free lunchtime concert at the Martin Harris Centre on Friday 28th with music from the Nineteenth Century

The Great Manchester Run is the largest 10K in the UK consisting of around 25,000 participants each year. For the past 4 years, the University has hosted its very own purple wave. On Sunday 24th May 2020, we will again be entering the country’s biggest Higher Education team, so come and run, walk or jog with us and be part of the #purplewave. Discounted rates will be available for all students, staff and alumni who enter through us. Discover more Purple Wave information from our Sport Office about the run, how to raise money for the Re-write Cancer Appeal and training plans or you can simply sign up now!

Check out the full wellbeing listings on the staff wellbeing website

Have you recently explored the fitness and outdoors or the hair and beauty UniDiscounts? You can save with Cotswold Outdoor, Snow+Rock, Runners Need and fabulous local salons and spas including the MacDonald Hotel’s Harmony and Serenity Spa, which has offers available Monday to Thursday 4pm to 8pm. Why not explore the discounts summary.

Don’t forget if you are registered with Wider Wallet you can access savings with leading high street offers including national health, beauty and fitness chains.

Keep up to date with all your benefits and wellbeing options. There is something for everyone to help make everyday savings and large savings on holidays and major purchases.