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Staff wellbeing champions

wellbeing champs

We have a network of Staff Wellbeing Champions across the University. They help help signpost staff to the University wellbeing services, national health and wellbeing days, University wellbeing events and arrange locally based wellbeing events to engage and support staff. They also feedback to the Staff Wellbeing Champions Network so that future initiatives can be developed for the University. 

Please read our Wellbeing Champions Guide and see further information below on applying to be a Champion.

What does a Wellbeing Champion do?

  • Identify themselves as a Staff Wellbeing Champion and be aware of what wellbeing means for the University and act towards these commitments
  • Support  the aims of the Staff Wellbeing Management Group and Wellbeing Champions Network in promoting Manchester’s Six Ways of Wellbeing
  • Champion and promote relevant wellbeing messages and events at the University.
  • Promote approved wellbeing activities to colleagues at local level.
  • Signpost colleagues to University wellbeing opportunities and services.
  • Promote a culture of wellbeing.
  • Promoting approved wellbeing campaigns through poster displays, active use of social media and other relevant communications channels, including a Wellbeing blog.
  • Contribute where possible to the Wellbeing Blog.
  • Identify examples of positive change which has occurred in their area in order to share best practice with colleagues.
  • To attend relevant training
  • Be familiar with local communication channels and how to access them.
  • Develop and share knowledge of the Staff Support Services within the University (Counselling, Wellbeing Rooms etc.) and be able to advise and direct colleagues where necessary.
  • Encourage discussions on mental wellbeing to help remove the stigma from talking about mental health issues.
  • A volunteer only signposts and advises – they should never try to take the place of any professional support service.

Who we are looking for?

  • To share the vision of the University’s new Wellbeing Strategy.
  • Be enthusiast about wellbeing. This doesn’t mean you have to be the fittest person in your office! We are looking for the type of person who is committed to wellbeing for themselves and others.
  • A positive, approachable nature and able to respect confidentiality.
  • Supportive attitude to those who may have experienced mental health issues.

Commitments

  • A minimum one year commitment to the Wellbeing Champions Network.
  • Participate in the virtual Wellbeing Champions Network.
  • Attend meetings where necessary.
  • Feedback on activities undertaken at local level
  • Contribute to the ideas and feedback to the Wellbeing Champions Network.

Benefits of being a Wellbeing Champion

  • You will be able to share information and advice that could help improve the wellbeing of yourself and colleagues.  
  • You will have the opportunity to feedback and help contribute to wellbeing developments.
  • The role helps you connect with other colleagues across the University. 
  • It’s a personal development opportunity.

List of Staff Wellbeing Champions

Please get in touch with your local Staff Wellbeing Champion:

  • If you are new to the University and need an overview of wellbeing services
  • Current staff who are looking for the latest information on wellbeing services
  • You are wishing to help volunteer with Staff Wellbeing Champions who always need help with setting up events
  • You want advice on becoming a Wellbeing Champion (there is no restriction on the number of Staff Wellbeing Champions in an area, but we ask that Champions work together if in the same area to avoid overlap)

Become a Staff Wellbeing Champion

Please email wellbeing@manchester.ac.uk for more details or to register an interest in the role.