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Staff benefits and wellbeing update

10 Nov 2021

Updates on the new home and electronics scheme, a free complementary therapies course, support for your mental health, coming together on Armistice Day and supporting the Wood Street Mission Christmas Appeal.

Our Home and Electronics employee benefit launched on Monday 8th November. With a wide range of products available from both John Lewis & Partners and Currys, you now have access to thousands of home and technology must-haves! 

Whether you want to upgrade a home appliance, spruce up your space with new DIY tools or start getting organised for the festive season, your Home and Electronics employee benefit makes it more manageable by enabling you to spread the cost of items through monthly salary reductions.

To access this benefit and the full range of lifestyle benefits you’ll need to be registered on our Vivup benefits website, so if you haven’t yet done so register now at . You will need to enter your employee/payroll number when registering for the first time.  You can find this on your payslip online or staff ID card. Details of how to use the home and electronics benefit is also shown below on the video.

Free Complementary Therapies Course

The White Rose College are offering a free ITEC Level 2 Complementary Therapies Course (15 weeks) with dates starting soon. More details are available and all kit and uniform will be provided complimentary. This has been a very popular course with staff in the past. If you are interested in this opportunity and would like to find out more, please contact Jessica Oates on or alternatively please call 01612367181

  • Option 1:  Tuesday evening 16th November 6.00pm-9.00pm
  • Option 2: Wednesday evening 17th November 6.00pm-9.00pm

Support for your mental health 

The new Employee Assistance Programme is provided by Validium and gives you access to:

  • Telephone Support
  • Counselling – online and face to face
  • Signposting to Specialist Agencies
  • Information & Resources
  • General Health & Wellbeing Support
  • Legal Information
  • Money & Debt Support

Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – you’ll always be able to speak to someone who can help. Calls are confidential and what you say will never be shared with anyone at the University.

Armistice Day - 11am, 11th November

University colleagues are invited to mark Armistice Day with two minutes' silence at 11am on Thursday, 11 November. You can take time to reflect outside in The John Owens Quad and in other communal areas, or at your desk in the office or working from home.

Support Wood Street Mission

Our friends at Wood Steet Mission are appealing for donations of new toys and gifts including toiletries and books, unwrapped for ages 0-14 years old. You can view the Wood Street Mission Christmas wish list for further suggestions. Financial donations are also welcome through the Wood Street Mission website. Full details on the appeal are available. You can also set up regular donations via our Payroll Giving Scheme.

For further information see staff benefits.