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Colleague Wellbeing Month Programme, June 2024

Welcome to the Colleague Wellbeing Month Programme homepage. Here you can find out information on all the sessions that are taking place over the month of June, all dedicated towards taking sometime to focus on your wellbeing. Our focus is 'wellbeing for all' and we hope all colleagues can find a wellbeing activity for them from our programme. 

Contribute to the ‘1824 Acts of Kindness’ Campaign: this campaign launched as part of Colleague Wellbeing month and will continue to run until 1st August: if you have completed an act of kindness recently, be part of our campaign that is spreading positivity through small and simple acts. Submissions are anonymous and you are welcome to submit more than 1 act.

Submit your act of kindness here.

Find out more.

How to navigate your way around the programme: Expand each week via the '+' button to explore what is taking place during that week. Most events will require you to book your place via a registration link. 

If you would like to attend a session, before booking, please co-ordinate with your line manager and team to ensure sufficient cover for your role. Sessions taking place during Colleague Wellbeing Month including the Universally Manchester Festival offer great opportunities for both personal and professional development and we encourage teams to support each other to take part. We are also keen for individuals to share their learnings within their local area, so that those who can’t attend are still able to benefit.

If you have any questions, please email wellbeing@manchester.ac.uk. 

Colleague Wellbeing Month Week 1, 3rd - 9th June

Monday 3rd June: Launch of Colleague Wellbeing Month 

  • Launch of ‘1824 Acts of Kindness’ Campaign. As we come to the midway point of our Bicentenary year at the University, let's embark on a journey of compassion, positivity, and unity. We are thrilled to introduce the " 1824 Acts of Kindness" Campaign, a collective effort to perform 1824 acts of kindness during this special year! This campaign is launching as part of Colleague Wellbeing Month, in conjunction with Bicentenary. Keep your eyes peeled for the launch article coming Monday 3rd June!

Tuesday 4th June

  1. Health and Wellbeing, A Workshop Series: Compassionate Colleague Session, Being aware of mental health at UoM. Online via Zoom, 11:00 - 12:00. Join this workshop to learn more about how we can be ‘Compassionate Colleagues’ in the workplace. This is an introductory session to help you develop your understanding of mental health, learn skills to help you talk to someone about their mental health, gain confidence in leading with empathy and compassion, and finally what services are available that you can signpost to. This session is suitable for all. This session is delivered by Maizy Jenner, Colleague Wellbeing Manager. Book your space here
  2. Table Tennis: Ellen Wilkinson Building (Room CG.49) 10:00 - 15:40, unsupervised, bookable via Eventbrite (search for 'EWB Ping Pong Parlour' and choose the correct date).Try out table tennis for the first time, come along for a practice or challenge a colleague to a game at lunch. All abilities welcome!
  3.  Table Tennis: Ellen Wilkinson Building (Room CG.49) 13:00 - 14:00 - supervised time hosted by Coach Chris. All abilities welcome!

Wednesday 5th June:

  1. New exhibition 'Wild' at Manchester Museum starts today! Free to attend, find out more about this exhibtion and opening times here.
  2. Table Tennis: Arthur Lewis Building (SEED and SoSS Common Room) 10:00 - 16:00, unsupervised, bookable via Eventbrite (search for 'ALB Ping Pong Parlour' and choose the correct date) Try out table tennis for the first time, come along for a practice or challenge a colleague to a game at lunch. All abilities welcome!
  3. Table Tennis: Arthur Lewis Building (SEED and SoSS Common Room) 13:00 - 14:00 - supervsed time hosted by Coach Mel. All abilities welcome!
  4. GROW, Whitworth Park Community Garden, 13:30 - 15:30pm. GROW is a project that promotes the benefits of engaging in horticultural activities to improve mental wellbeing of an individual. To join GROW or to make a referral please email nchs.referrals@manchester.ac.uk or telephone the Cultural Park Keeper on 07795 128868

Thursday 6th June: Universally Manchester Festival Begins!

1. The Colleague Wellbeing Team have partnered with some fantastic speakers and session holders to bring you our wellbeing sessions at the Universally Manchester Festival. Find out more below and get booking!

If sitting closer to the stage during a talk would be beneficial, when you arrive at the tent, please speak to a member of the volunteer team who will be able to assist you.

Other activity happening on this day:

2. Table Tennis: Ellen Wilkinson Building (Room CG.49) 10:00 - 15:40, unsupervised, bookable via Eventbrite (search for 'EWB Ping Pong Parlour' and choose the correct date). Try out table tennis for the first time, come along for a practice or challenge a colleague to a game at lunch. All abilities welcome!

3. Table Tennis: Ellen Wilkinson Building (Room CG.49) 13:00 - 14:00 - supervised time hosted by Coach Mel. All abilities welcome! 


Friday 7th June: Universally Manchester Festival Day 2

  • Friday 7th June, 10:00 – 11:00 (in-person): State of Mind Sport are a charity that use the power of sport to promote positive mental health. Join 2 previous rugby league players who will discuss mental fitness and share their own personal stories. Book here: Building Mental Fitness with State of Mind Sport - Universally Manchester Festival.  
  • Friday 7th June, 11:15 – 12:15 (in-person): Our final talk at the Universally Manchester Festival will explore with Financial Coach May Fairweather, ‘Why don’t people talk about money?’ This session will provide lots of helpful insights and questions to ask both yourself and others so we can all start taking steps to better supporting ourselves financially. Book here: Why Don’t People Talk About Money? - Universally Manchester Festival

If sitting closer to the stage during a talk would be beneficial, when you arrive at the tent, please speak to a member of the volunteer team who will be able to assist you.


Saturday 8th June: Universally Manchester Festival Day 3

The weekend brings a full programme of activity available to all, find out what’s on here. 

Sunday 9th June: Universally Manchester Festival Day 4

The final day of the festival has a jam-packed programme, find out what’s on here.

Colleague Wellbeing Month Week 2, 10th - 16th June

All week: contribute to the ‘1824 Acts of Kindness’ campaign: if you have completed an act of kindness recently, be part of our campaign that is spreading positivity through small and simple acts. Submissions are anonymous and you are welcome to submit more than 1 act.

Monday 10th June: 

  1. Legs Bums and Tums with Gail Heathcote-Milner, Zoom, 12:30 - 13:00 (Beginners to Intermediate). LBT workout is great for building muscle and burning calories. Designed to help tone your legs, glutes and abs, and cardiovascular fitness. Book online place here, Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 91866682699
  2. Pilates for backs with Gail Heathcote-Milner, Zoom, 13:10 - 13:40 (Suitable for beginners). A session to work, strengthen, mobilise and stretch the posterior chain of the body, the Pilates way. This class is ideal for people who sit for their job, it gets them away from the computer to perform some useful functional exercises.Book online place here, Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 91253347970

Tuesday 11th June:

  1. Connect & Care: Active Listening Skills Workshop, 11:00 - 12:00, online via Zoom. Conversations that are focused towards someone talking about how they are feeling, talking about their wellbeing or disclosing something personal to them, require the listener to be engaged, listen and ask helpful questions. The Active Listening Skills Workshop will support you to develop your active listening skills, with a wellbeing focused lens.  This workshop will be delivered by Colleague Wellbeing Manager Maizy Jenner. Book your place here. 
  2. Table Tennis: Ellen Wilkinson Building (Room CG.49) 10:00 - 15:40, unsupervised, bookable via Eventbrite (search for 'EWB Ping Pong Parlour' and choose the correct date). Try out table tennis for the first time, come along for a practice or challenge a colleague to a game at lunch. All abilities welcome!
  3. Table Tennis: Ellen Wilkinson Building (Room CG.49) 13:00 - 14:00 - supervised time hosted by Coach Chris. All abilities welcome!

Wednesday 12th June: 

  1. Mixed ability Pilates with Gail Heathcote-Milner, Zoom, 12:00 - 12:45 (Beginners to Intermediate). Develop your balance, strength, and flexibility in this popular class. The course will offer levels and take you through a series of standing, lying and side lying exercises.Book online place here, Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 91668290334
  2. GROW, Whitworth Park Community Garden, 13:30 - 15:30pm. GROW is a project that promotes the benefits of engaging in horticultural activities to improve mental wellbeing of an individual. To join GROW or to make a referral please email nchs.referrals@manchester.ac.uk or telephone the Cultural Park Keeper on 07795 128868
  3. Table Tennis: Arthur Lewis Building (SEED and SoSS Common Room) 10:00 - 16:00, unsupervised, bookable via Eventbrite (search for 'ALB Ping Pong Parlour' and choose the correct date).Try out table tennis for the first time, come along for a practice or challenge a colleague to a game at lunch. All abilities welcome!
  4. Table Tennis: Arthur Lewis Building (SEED and SoSS Common Room) 13:00 - 14:00 - supervised time hosted by Coach ChrisAll abilities welcome!
  5. School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED), Stitching Social and Zine Making Open Sharing Event, Wednesday 12th June, 14:00 – 15:00, Samuel Alexander W2.19. This event celebrates the connections and creations made through the stitch and zine-making socials/workshops between December 2023 and May 2024. This event is open to staff and students from across the University who would like to learn more about the community we have established through the Stitch Socials and Zine Making workshops. You will have a chance to learn more about the fantastic locations, organisations, and artists we have worked with, and to see and handle some of our stitched and folded creations. During this open event, all attendees will be invited to have a go at stitching. You will have instructions provided and materials so you can explore these creative processes and get a taste for the kind of activities which take place at our monthly meet ups.  Taking part in the crafting session is not compulsory – you are welcome to bring along a different craft project that you are already working on, or just join us for a chat! You are welcome to bring your own lunch, and tea and coffee will be provided. This event has been kindly funded by the Wellbeing Fund and the SEED Catalyst Fund. You can sign up to the open event here on Eventbrite. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact poppy.budworth@manchester.ac.uk

Thursday 13th June:

  1. Morning Yoga with Karon Mee, Zoom and in-person G.66, 08:15 - 09:00 (Suitable for beginners) Working on our whole Self, with underlying acknowledgment to the Seasons, we will release tension and develop strength through movement, breathing and mindfulness practices. Prepare yourself for the day ahead with Yoga.Book in-person space here. Book online place here, Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 590 105 956 passcode: 007357
  2. Body Blast with Gail Heathcote-Milner, Zoom, 12:00 - 12:30 (Beginners to Intermediate) 30 minutes low impact, high intensity workout that will work you from top to bottom, Weights, mat. Book online place here, Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 91631443766
  3. Health and Wellbeing, A Workshop Series: Diabetes Awareness Talk, hosted by Diabetes UK. Online via Zoom, 12:30 - 13:30. The 9th - 15th June marks Diabetes Awareness Week in the UK and we will be joined Jenni Shaw, Community Engagement and Volunteering lead for the Northwest Region for Diabetes UK who will discuss all aspects of Diabetes. This talk will discuss Type 1 and 2 Diabetes, preventative actions you can take for type 2 Diabetes, Diabetes during pregnancy, support that is available and time for questions towards the end of the session. Jenni has worked with Diabetes UK for 7 years and works across the Northwest region alongside volunteers to help support anyone living with or affected by diabetes, raising awareness that diabetes is serious and the impact this life-long condition has. Book your place here.
  4. Managing Acute and Ongoing Stress Workshop, 13:00 - 14:00, Zoom, hosted by the Counselling and Mental Health Service Workshop. Book here.

Friday 14th June:

  1. Zumba with Helen Dunning, Zoom, 12:00 – 12:30 (Beginners to Intermediate) The global dance/fitness craze combining a mix of dances from the world's rhythms. Zumba is an excellent, fun workout with simple choreographed routines combining the mix of dances rhythms from around the world including salsa, hip hop, reggae, samba, disco plus many more. It’s the ultimate body conditioning fat burning session.Book online place here, Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 94855849532
  2. Friday Flex with Gail Heathcote-Milner, Zoom, 12:35 – 13:05 (Suitable for beginners) A 30- minute Stretch class to get you away from your desk for ½ hr and do some chest, hip, back and leg stretches. Suitable for all. Book online place here, Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 98303625001
  3. Mindfulness Workshop, 13:00 - 13:45, Wellbeing Rooms, 1.63, First Floor, Large Group Room, Simon Building, hosted by Counselling and Mental Health Service. Find out more and book your place here.

Colleague Wellbeing Month Week 3, 17th - 23rd June

Monday 17th June: 

  1. Legs Bums and Tums with Gail Heathcote-Milner, Zoom, 12:30 - 13:00 (Beginners to Intermediate) LBT workout is great for building muscle and burning calories. Designed to help tone your legs, glutes and abs, and cardiovascular fitness. Book online place here, Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 91866682699
  2. Pilates for backs with Gail Heathcote-Milner, Zoom, 13:10 - 13:40 (Suitable for beginners) A 30- minute session to work strengthen mobilise and stretch the posterior chain of the body, the Pilates way. This class is ideal for people who sit for their job, it gets them away from the computer to perform some useful functional exercises. Book online place here, Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 91253347970

Tuesday 18th June:

  1. Table Tennis: Ellen Wilkinson Building (Room CG.49) 10:00 - 15:40, unsupervised, bookable via Eventbrite (search for 'EWB Ping Pong Parlour' and choose the correct date). Try out table tennis for the first time, come along for a practice or challenge a colleague to a game at lunch. All abilities welcome!
  2. Table Tennis: Ellen Wilkinson Building (Room CG.49) 13:00 - 14:00 - supervised time hosted by Coach Chris. All abilities welcome!
  3. Opportunity to volunteer some gardening time with the Firs Environmental Research Station, 11:30 - 13:30. Life can be very fast paced, both inside and outside of work. But taking a bit of time to take notice and connect with nature via gardening has great benefits for both you physical and mental wellbeing. Gardening and time in nature offer enormous potential to improve our health. Evidence from environmental psychology suggests time in nature can tackle mental fatigue. It can also have a positive impact on our brain chemistry, influencing the release of serotonin and cortisol, which help us feel good.
    The Firs environmental research station situated in the heart of the University’s Fallowfield campus is a green oasis and is offering opportunities in June to volunteer and learn more about what this fantastic green space has to offer. You do not need to book this event, you can turn up on the day.
  4. Mindfulness Workshop, 13:00 - 13:45, Wellbeing Rooms, 1.63, First Floor, Large Group Room, Simon Building, hosted by Counselling and Mental Health Service. Find out more and boo your place here.
  5. Mindfulness and Relaxation for Menopause Taster with Manchester Mind (in-person) Ancoats Urban Village Medical Practice, 18:30 - 20:00,In this taster, we’ll define what menopause is, touch on some of the most common symptoms, and understand how stress impacts on menopause symptoms. You’ll try out some calming techniques and short meditations that you can slot into even the busiest working day. Due to funding restrictions, you MUST live or work in Greater Manchester and be peri or post menopausal. Book here.

Wednesday 19th June: 

  1. Active Travel Breakfast, 8:15am-9:30am, Café 65, AMBS ground floor, open to all University staff (pre-registration essential). Thinking about getting back on your bike for summer? Fancy walking part of the journey to work? Or even try run commuting after your Purple Wave success?? Join us for our Active Travel Breakfast event on Wednesday 19 June! The aim of the event is to encourage staff to use active travel to get to campus (walking, wheeling, cycling, running), and then congregate with colleagues over breakfast. Current and new active travellers all welcome. We have a number of colleagues offering led rides and runs to campus from a variety of locations (see booking form for details). You could even get public transport or drive for some of the journey and have a go at walking, wheeling, cycling or running the rest. Further event information: Meet with colleagues over a free coffee and pastry (or alternative - you can choose from a selection of items at the café, including vegan and gluten free options). We will be holding a raffle prize draw for attendees with prizes, as well as some giveaways. We will have a bike mechanic to give free check-ups on your bike, and more to come! Complete the registration form here https://forms.office.com/e/v9sbuYba1M
  2. Mixed ability Pilates with Gail Heathcote-Milner, Zoom, 12:00 - 12:45 (Beginners to Intermediate). Develop your balance, strength, and flexibility in this popular class. The course will offer levels and take you through a series of standing, lying and side lying exercises. Book online place here, Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 91668290334 
  3. Table Tennis: Arthur Lewis Building (SEED and SoSS Common Room) 10:00 - 16:00, unsupervised, bookable via Eventbrite (search for 'ALB Ping Pong Parlour' and choose the correct date). Try out table tennis for the first time, come along for a practice or challenge a colleague to a game at lunch. All abilities welcome!
  4. Table Tennis: Arthur Lewis Building (SEED and SoSS Common Room) 13:00 - 14:00 - supervised time hosted by Coach Chris. All abilities welcome!
  5. Connect & Care: Active Listening Skills Workshop, 13:00 - 14:00, in-person, Simon 4.47. Conversations that are focused around someone talking about how they are feeling, talking about their wellbeing or disclosing something peronsal to them, require the listener to be enagaged, listen and ask helpful questions. The Active Listening Skills Workshop will support you to develop your active listening skills, with a wellbeing focused lens. This workshop will be delivered by Colleague Wellbeing Manager Maizy Jenner. Book your place here. 
  6. GROW, Whitworth Park Community Garden, 13:30 - 15:30pm. GROW is a project that promotes the benefits of engaging in horticultural activities to improve mental wellbeing of an individual. To join GROW or to make a referral please email nchs.referrals@manchester.ac.uk or telephone the Cultural Park Keeper on 07795 128868
  7. Endometriosis and Mental Health webinar, hosted by Endometriosis UK, 19:00 - 20:00. Speaker: Emma Evans -  Clinical researcher and  Clinical Psychologist at Oxford University Hospitals. Book you free place here.
  8. Wild Ways to Wellbeing Workshop with artist Suzanne Smith Manchester Museum (in-person) 18:00 - 20:00. In conjunction with the Wild exhibition, this workshop is part of the Museum’s function well and feel good monthly Wednesday Late Wild Ways To Wellbeing Therapeutic Workshops. Join this session for repurposing found images and museum text to make a nature inspired greetings cards or art to take home. Find out more and book your free place here. 

Thursday 20th June: 

  1. Morning Yoga with Karon Mee, Zoom and in-person G.66, 08:15 - 09:00 (Suitable for beginners). Working on our whole Self, with underlying acknowledgment to the Seasons, we will release tension and develop strength through movement, breathing and mindfulness practices. Prepare yourself for the day ahead with Yoga. Book online place here,Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 590 105 956 passcode: 007357
  2. Body Blast with Gail Heathcote-Milner, Zoom, 12:00 - 12:30 (Beginners to Intermediate). 30 minutes low impact, high intensity workout that will work you from top to bottom, Weights, mat. Book online place here, Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 91631443766 
  3. Challenging Unhelpful Thinking Habits Workshop, 13:00 - 14:30, Wellbeing Rooms, 1.63, First Floor, Large Group Room, Simon Building, hosted by Counselling and Mental Health Service. Find out more and book your place here. 

Friday 21st June: 

  1. International Day of Yoga Celebration Event, Friday 21st June, 09:45 – 12:30, Simon Building, Room 3.44A. Organised by the School of Health Sciences ‘Health & Wellbeing Champions Network and the Dharmic Cultures Network, join them for their first “International Day of Yoga” celebration event at the University of Manchester. (An official UN observance day) Aligning with the University of Manchester's "Six ways to wellbeing" we are bringing to you an exciting day of wellbeing activities.

    10:00 – 12:00: we will be joined by keynote speaker Prof Nawal Prinja (renowned scientist, honorary professor at 4 UK universities and an advocate for several national Dharmic initiatives); Anna Wilding (UoM researcher and yoga instructor) and Pāranāyaka from the Manchester Buddhist Centre who will lead a free meditation session (you can participate whilst seated).

    14:00 OR 15:00: in-person free yoga taster session will be led by a local yoga instructor, Clare (from Iyengar yoga UK). These sessions are optional (duration 45 mins; mats will be provided) – book 1 slot only.

    This event is open to University of Manchester staff and PGRs (PhD researchers or researchers/collaborators based in local NHS trusts). Register here.

  2. Zumba with Helen Dunning, Zoom, 12:00 – 12:30 (Beginners to Intermediate). The global dance/fitness craze combining a mix of dances from the world's rhythms. Zumba is an excellent, fun workout with simple choreographed routines combining the mix of dances rhythms from around the world including salsa, hip hop, reggae, samba, disco plus many more. It’s the ultimate body conditioning fat burning session. Book online place here, Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 94855849532
  3. Friday Flex with Gail Heathcote-Milner, Zoom, 12:35 – 13:05 (Suitable for beginners). A 30- minute Stretch class to get you away from your desk for ½ hr and do some chest, hip, back and leg stretches. Suitable for all. Book online place here Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 98303625001

 


Sunday 23rd June:

Friends of the Whitworth Sunday Concerts, Whitworth Art Gallery, concerts start at 3pm

Friends of the Whitworth present a series of free Sunday Concerts that are open to all. At 3pm on selected Sunday afternoons, students from the Royal Northern College of Music perform in our South Gallery, overlooking Whitworth Park. Past concerts have included classical flamenco guitar to contemporary flute. There really is something for all tastes and ages. Each concert will last around 45 minutes, and you can feel free to drop in and out.

Find out more here.

Colleague Wellbeing Month Week 4, 24th - 30th June

Monday 24th June:

  1. Wild Shared Reading, Manchester Museum, 11:00 - 12:00. Relax, connect with people, share stories Join our discussion group to explore extracts from stories, poetry and nonfiction, new and old, all linked to Wild – the Museum’s new exhibition. Sessions are free to attend, but places are limited so please book in advance.Find out more and book here.
  2. Legs Bums and Tums with Gail Heathcote-Milner, Zoom, 12:30 - 13:00 (Beginners to Intermediate). LBT workout is great for building muscle and burning calories. Designed to help tone your legs, glutes and abs, and cardiovascular fitness. Book online place here, Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 91866682699
  3. Wellbeing Conversations – a workshop for leaders and managers (in person) Simon 4.38, 13:00 – 15:30pm. This workshop is designed to give managers the confidence and skills to create a supportive team environment where wellbeing conversations are the norm, while recognising and understanding the boundaries of the role of a manager. It will be a practical and interactive workshop, focusing on skills development and with opportunities to look at different scenarios and how to approach them. The session will be delivered by Helen Brewis, our Head of Colleague Wellbeing. Helen is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, specialising in workplace wellbeing. She has over 20 years’ experience of supporting individuals, teams and organisations to thrive at work. She is a coach and trained in a range of techniques including motivational interviewing and the solution focused approach. Book your place here.
  4. Breathwork for Resilience and Self-Support Workshop, 13:00 - 14:00, Wellbeing Rooms, 1.63, First Floor, Large Group Room, Simon Building, hosted by Counselling and Mental Health Service. Find out more and book here.
  5. Pilates for backs with Gail Heathcote-Milner, Zoom, 13:10 - 13:40 (Suitable for beginners). A 30- minute session to work strengthen mobilise and stretch the posterior chain of the body, the Pilates way. This class is ideal for people who sit for their job, it gets them away from the computer to perform some useful functional exercises. Book online place here, Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 91253347970

Tuesday 25th June:

  1. Opportunity to volunteer some gardening time with the Firs Environmental Research Station, 11:30 - 13:30. Life can be very fast paced, both inside and outside of work. But taking a bit of time to take notice and connect with nature via gardening has great benefits for both you physical and mental wellbeing. Gardening and time in nature offer enormous potential to improve our health. Evidence from environmental psychology suggests time in nature can tackle mental fatigue. It can also have a positive impact on our brain chemistry, influencing the release of serotonin and cortisol, which help us feel good.The Firs environmental research station situated in the heart of the University’s Fallowfield campus is a green oasis and is offering opportunities in June to volunteer and learn more about what this fantastic green space has to offer. Book your place here.  
  2. Health and Wellbeing: A Workshops Series: Energy Management with Helen Brewis, in-person, 12:00 – 13:15. This interactive session will get you thinking about your current energy levels and how you are managing them – particularly in relation to your sleep, activity, nutrition & hydration and rest & relaxation time. You’ll be encouraged to reflect on the areas where you feel you’ll benefit from making some changes and think about the actions you can take and habits you might need in order to move forward.The session will be delivered by Helen Brewis, our Head of Colleague Wellbeing. Helen is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist who specialises in workplace wellbeing and has been on her own wellbeing journey to best manage her energy. Book your place here.
  3. Table Tennis: Ellen Wilkinson Building (Room CG.49) 10:00 - 15:40, unsupervised, bookable via Eventbrite (search for 'EWB Ping Pong Parlour' and choose the correct date). Try out table tennis for the first time, come along for a practice or challenge a colleague to a game at lunch. All abilities welcome!
  4. Table Tennis: Ellen Wilkinson Building (Room CG.49) 13:00 - 14:00 - supervised time hosted by Coach Mel. All abilities welcome! 

Wednesday 26th June:

  1. Mixed ability Pilates with Gail Heathcote-Milner, Zoom, 12:00 - 12:45 (Beginners to Intermediate). Develop your balance, strength, and flexibility in this popular class. The course will offer levels and take you through a series of standing, lying and side lying exercises.Book online place here, Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 91668290334
  2. Lunch and Move: Table Tennis Event: Play, Connect and Eat Lunch! Arthur Lewis Building (SEED and SoSS Common Room) 12:30 – 14:30pm.The theme for this years Mental Health Awareness Week (13th – 19th May) was ‘Movement: Move More for Our Mental Health’. Movement is a great way to enhance our wellbeing. Even a short burst of movement for 10 minutes’ can boost our mood and increase our mental alertness and energy. Movement combined with socialising with other people is a winning combination! Join us for ‘Lunch and Move: Table Tennis’ for the opportunity to practice your table tennis or try it out for the first time alongside lunch. Why table tennis? Table tennis raises the heart rate, helps strengthen muscles, mobilises the joints and, importantly, sharpens reaction times and hugely improves hand-eye coordination, all of which help to improve one's quality of life. You must register for this event so we know catering numbers(if you usually attend this slot to play table tennis, you will need to register also.) Register here.
  3. Anxiety Workshop, 13:00 - 14:30, Wellbeing Rooms, 1.63, First Floor, Large Group Room, Simon Building. hosted by the Counselling and Mental Health Service. Find out more and book your place here. 
     
  4. GROW, Whitworth Park Community Garden, 13:30 - 15:30pm. GROW is a project that promotes the benefits of engaging in horticultural activities to improve mental wellbeing of an individual. To join GROW or to make a referral please email nchs.referrals@manchester.ac.uk or telephone the Cultural Park Keeper on 07795 128868

Thursday 27th June:

  1. Morning Yoga with Karon Mee, Zoom and in-person G.66, 08:15 - 09:00 (Suitable for beginners). Working on our whole Self, with underlying acknowledgment to the Seasons, we will release tension and develop strength through movement, breathing and mindfulness practices. Prepare yourself for the day ahead with Yoga.Book in-person space here. Book online place here, Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 590 105 956 passcode: 007357
  2. Training Day for Line Managers: 'Managing with Wellbeing in Mind' in-person, 09:30 - 17:00, Williamson 2.79. We have added additional dates to our wellbeing training programme for line managers. This course is delivered by external provider We Are Wellbeing and is suitable for line managers of all levels. We also have an additional date with available spaces on 2nd July. This course has received excellent feedback and is not one to be missed! Find out more and register your place here.  
  3. Body Blast with Gail Heathcote-Milner, Zoom, 12:00 - 12:30 (Beginners to Intermediate)30 minutes low impact, high intensity workout that will work you from top to bottom, Weights, mat. Book online place here, Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 91631443766
  4. Table Tennis: Ellen Wilkinson Building (Room CG.49) 10:00 - 15:40, unsupervised, bookable via Eventbrite (search for 'EWB Ping Pong Parlour' and choose the correct date). Try out table tennis for the first time, come along for a practice or challenge a colleague to a game at lunch. All abilities welcome!
  5. Table Tennis: Ellen Wilkinson Building (Room CG.49) 13:00 - 14:00 - supervised time hosted by Coach Mel. All abilities welcome! 

Friday 28th June:

  1. Zumba with Helen Dunning, Zoom, 12:00 – 12:30 (Beginners to Intermediate)The global dance/fitness craze combining a mix of dances from the world's rhythms. Zumba is an excellent, fun workout with simple choreographed routines combining the mix of dances rhythms from around the world including salsa, hip hop, reggae, samba, disco plus many more. It’s the ultimate body conditioning fat burning session. Book online place here, Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 94855849532
  2. Friday Flex with Gail Heathcote-Milner, Zoom, 12:35 – 13:05 (Suitable for beginners). A 30- minute Stretch class to get you away from your desk for ½ hr and do some chest, hip, back and leg stretches. Suitable for all. Book online place here, Zoom ID for online attendance: Meeting ID: 98303625001
  3. Mindfulness Workshop, 13:00 - 13:45, Wellbeing Rooms, 1.63, First Floor, Large Group Room, Simon Building, hosted by the Counselling and Mental Health Service. Find out more and book your place here.