Last week (16th – 20th January) Richmond upon Thames College is celebrating ‘Wellbeing Week’ during which, students and staff will engage in a number of activities to boost mindfulness and wellbeing going into the new year.
The week began with a swap-shop market in the college’s atrium.
The swap shop is as it sounds, an opportunity for staff and students to swap unwanted Christmas gifts for something they prefer. Many donations were made, including candles, biscuits, panettone, chocolate, mugs and body wash kits and all were happily swapped for one another.
During the week, students also got involved in some art workshops including a ‘positivity tree’ and relaxing music was played throughout the week to encourage positive moods.
Beth Pattison, Student Engagement Lead at RuTC (Richmond upon Thames College) was thrilled at how students engaged with the week saying “This year’s wellbeing week was a positive start to the new year; it allowed students a space to unwind and decompress in a calm and relaxed environment.
“Giving students the space and opportunity to share and learn is really important to us and we want to encourage as many healthy dialogues around mental health as often as possible.”
Wellbeing week kickstarted important conversations regarding mental health, including how to manage stress, how to keep your mind healthy and more, with students getting involved at each turn.