In July, Wellbeing Week took place last week for Richmond upon Thames Staff, with each of the days having a different theme, which were ‘Give', 'Be Active’,’Connect’,’Take Notice’, ‘Keep Learning and some fantastic talks and workshops were hosted based on each theme.
Highlights of the week included workshops on building mental health and resilience, along with mindfulness workshops and 1:1 wellbeing discussions. A bakery workshop with James Unwin, pottery wheel workshop with Jane Harris, therapeutic art workshop with Educational Wellbeing Professional Emma Lowe, and a massage workshop also took place. Staff could take a while to relax from work with drop-in Icebreaker games and a movement and relaxation workshop.
Informative talks and virtual presentations also took place such as the Cycle to work scheme and a presentation giving financial advice and details on the employee assistance programme.
A fitness challenge began and has been extended through summer for staff to use the gym equipment in the atrium, and a quiz walk took place, with the prize for first place being a Fitbit.
On the Thursday, music teachers including, Peter Garvey on piano, Tony Chidgey on guitar and Henry Knudsen on saxophone, produced some wonderful sounds in the Atrium. This was followed by the staff awards with Sandra Ospina winning the award for Best Business Support Manager, Mark Brough collecting the CLT Award, and Charles Oulton awarded Best Teacher.
Assistant Principal Alison de Lord spoke of the success of the Wellbeing week saying, “Looking after our well-being has never been more important, and I am really proud of all the activities, resources and sessions that were available to all staff in this week. There was definitely something for everyone, even those like myself that were self-isolating, we could all join the webinars and a live Pilates session with Hannah was highlight for me”.
The wellbeing week was a wonderful opportunity for staff to take a breather and to take part in valuable workshops and talks, with 90 members of staff taking part in activities throughout the week.