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Wellbeing in focus

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In June’s Dialogue Magazine, we told you about our success in the Universities Human Resources (UHR) awards as we picked up a special award to mark our work to support health and wellbeing.

This recognition was followed with our first Wellbeing Fortnight in June, which saw Professional Services colleagues take part in a range of activities to help improve their own wellbeing.

Dialogue found out more about the event and the activities to boost health and wellbeing for staff and students.

Depth and breadth of support

To demonstrate the depth and breadth of wellbeing support available at Durham, our first Wellbeing Fortnight took place in early June to give Professional Services colleagues the chance to try out a range of activities.

Throughout the two-weeks, members of staff were invited to come along to sessions ranging from Qigong and Mindfulness, to Breathwork and Yoga.

Ash Williams, Organisation Development Adviser in HROD, organised Wellbeing Fortnight. She said: “In early June, we decided to arrange a full fortnight of activities to mark start of summer and encourage colleagues to get more active.

The fortnight helped PS colleagues to meet and network with new people and connect with others they might not have seen for some time, all while taking part in activities that were just a little bit different.

One of the new activities hosted as part of Wellbeing Fortnight was Zendoodle, which encourages people to create intricate designs by drawing small areas of pattern.

Kirsty Barnfather from Library and Collections attended the Zendoodle session at the Teaching and Learning Centre. Kirsty said: “I enjoyed taking time out and learning about Zendoodle. I’d never heard of it before so wanted to give it a try.

“I’d like to see similar activities run again as it was a very enjoyable hour, and I learned a lot from the instructor.”

Colleague taking part in Zendoodle
Colleague taking part in Zendoodle

Ash continued: “It was great to see so many colleagues get involved in the different sessions across the two weeks.

“We’re evaluating the comments from people who took part in the events which will help us to think about the activities we host for colleagues in the future.

“Although this was a one-off event, we also have a series of other ongoing wellbeing activities for staff and students. This includes Yoga sessions, Wellbeing Walks, Wellbeing Cafes and Staff Networks, as well as a wide range of wellbeing resources on the intranet.

There are loads of opportunities, information and support out there, so if you’re looking to improve your health and wellbeing, have a look on the intranet for more details.

More information

Find out more about wellbeing support at the University.

You can also find out more about the Wellbeing Fortnight and volunteering and the UHR Wellbeing Award.



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