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Wellbeing Month - May 2023

28 Apr 2023

Activities to help you feel well and thrive

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Wellbeing month provides an opportunity for colleagues to focus on wellbeing.  

As part of our commitment to colleague wellbeing, this May we are offering a free programme of wellbeing activities for everyone to try.   

Colleagues will be able to sign up for a range of free activities throughout the month, including yoga, Pilates, menopause and nutrition sessions, manager training, talks on financial wellbeing and much more.  You’ll find a lot of activities will run during the week commencing Monday, 15 May, to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week. 

Helen Brewis, Head of Wellbeing said: 'We are delighted to present a free programme of wellbeing mindfulness activities, walks and campus tours to more practical sessions like will writing. Our Wellbeing Champions have been working hard to arrange events for colleagues to take part in.We’ll be sharing more events and activities in the coming weeks, so please put these dates in calendar and encourage colleagues and teams to take time out and get involved in wellbeing month. This is a great opportunity to reflect on your own wellbeing and try something new.'

Below are a selection of the events we have running during May.  

Tuesday, 9 May 

Peace of Mind: Writing your will and planning for the future 
This session delivered by DDAR to aimed at easing anxieties around writing a will and encourage people to plan for the future for their own peace of mind. The session, delivered by Amy Harris, will provide details of the free will writing service you can access as a University of Manchester employee. Please register here for the 9th May session. 

Talking Workplace Wellbeing
Organised by the FBMH EDI Committee, this session is focused on encouraging staff and students to reflect on the importance of taking action on your wellbeing in the workplace. The presenter will be Helen Brewis, our Head of Colleague Wellbeing. You can book your place on Eventbrite.

Thursday, 11 May 

Managing the Menopause through Nutrition & Lifestyle (12-1pm)
This session is organised by the Women@Manchester network and the University wellbeing team to highlight the importance of nutrition and lifestyle choices through the menopause. The online session will be delivered by Fiona Hutchinson, an expert in nutrition through the menopause and is a member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. She runs a busy clinic where she works with women to help them regain control of their hormones. The session is open to everyone and will be of benefit to both those currently going through the menopause or people supporting others experiencing menopause.  Please book via the Training Catalogue 

Tuesday, 16 May 

Yoga asana and mindful relaxation 
Karon Mee from FBMH has kindly volunteered to deliver a yoga and relaxation session focused on celebrating the arrival of Springtime. Karon has been teaching all aspects of yoga, including yoga nidra and mindfulness for many years. Karon enjoys making the connection between yoga, nature and the cycles of the seasons. The session will go live for booking on Tuesday, 2 May. 

Monday 15 to Thursday 18 May

Wellbeing Week Heritage Walking Tours - North and South Campus 

These tours have been well received in the past and we are pleased to have two tours running during May. They tend to be popular with staff, especially new starters, to acquaint them with the campus and its history. Booking is on Eventbrite: 

South Campus - Wellbeing Week Heritage Walk - South Campus Tickets, Mon 15 May 2023 at 13:00 | Eventbrite 

North Campus -  Wellbeing Week Heritage Walk - North Campus Tickets, Tue 16 May 2023 at 11:30 | Eventbrite 

Walking tours of MECD Building (Tuesday 16, Wednesday, 17 and Thursday 18 May)

Colleagues  are invited to this guided walking tour to learn all about the interesting spaces and work going on in Engineering A & B. These walks have been organised by our wellbeing champion network. You can book a place here 

BeActive Sessions in the Wellbeing Rooms ( Monday, 16 to Friday, 19 May)

There will be range of free BeActive sessions in the Simon Building Wellbeing Rooms. The sessions will go live for booking on Tuesday, 2 May.   

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