Wellbeing Hub

Wellbeing Hub

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Health and wellbeing underpin everything we do here at the Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce. We know that sometimes, things can feel a little overwhelming – particularly during the added pressures brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

No matter what our work schedule or personal situation might be, it is crucial to create opportunities to rest, not only for our physical health, but also our mental health and wellbeing.

This page features advice and resources for coping with stress and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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HEALTH, WELLBEING & HR EVENT

Health and wellbeing underpin everything we do. We know that sometimes things can feel a little overwhelming – particularly during the added pressures brought on by the recent pandemic.

Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce partnered with Wellbeing at Work for a special Health, Wellbeing & HR Event at The Market Hall in Devonport. This unique event in 2022 aimed to help employers better understand the ways in which they can best support their staff.

As well as a range of exciting and interactive activities throughout the day, there were also opportunities to network with other businesses, workshops and a ‘Chill Zone’ in the venue’s Immersive Dome.

UNDERSTANDING THE MENOPAUSE

Menopausal women are the fastest-growing workforce demographic, so it makes sense that forward-thinking organisations recognise the importance and value of introducing menopause policies and guidance, raising awareness of menopause and putting the right support in place.

Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce regularly runs events which look at the menopause from a women’s perspective but also from the angle of an employer and the HR processes surrounding the issue.

We teamed up with SW Women in Business CIC to host a special hybrid event at China Fleet Country Club in Saltash. Our guest speakers were: Carolyn Giles, Head of People & Operations at Plymouth Citybus; Jane Sargeant, Healthcare Account Manager at Nuffield Health; Helena White, Head of HR Services at Delt Shared Services Ltd; Nikki Harris, owner of Women’s Hormone Health; and Briony Goldsmith, Chair of the Menopause Network at the University of Plymouth.

In February 2023, we also hosted a special Crunchy Breakfast to find out more about the menopause and what we need to know as businesses and employers. Our speakers were Nikki Harris, from Women’s Hormone Health;  Tom Lavis, CEO of YMCA Plymouth; and Merika Longhurst, Head of Sales and Services at Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital.

In the build-up to World Menopause Day on 18 October, the International Menopause Society (IMS) has provided some useful resources – click the buttons below to find out more.

One-to-one interviews

Videos and podcasts with experts

Free training courses

A two-part course for health care professionals

A monthly webinar series

Expert advice for health care professionals

OUR SPONSORS AND SPEAKERS

Tools and resources

Men’s Health in Torbay and South Devon

This report by Healthwatch in Devon, Plymouth, and Torbay presents findings from a December 2022 to January 2023 survey on men’s health and the feedback shared by 132 local men.

Supporting your mental health while working from home

Mental Health First Aid England is inviting people to join the campaign for workplace culture change by getting involved with their My Whole Self campaign. Find out more here.

Coronavirus: 8 ways to look after your mental health

Taking care of your mental health is as important as looking after your physical health. Here, Mental Health Europe (MHE) offers advice to keep a sense of control and ease anxiety.

Coping with stress during COVID-19

It is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. The World Health Organisation has put together this essential guide to help you cope with stress.

Looking after your mental health during the pandemic

The Mental Health Foundation is part of the coronavirus national mental health response. Here, they offer tips to help you, your friends and family to look after your mental health.

Self-care resources from Livewell Southwest

Taking care of yourself is important. This in-depth page from the team at Livewell South West will provide you with some resources to help you to look after your mental health.

Support with employee health and disability

Guidance for employers and managers to help you support employees and understand legal requirements, as well as links to government and other organisations who can help.

Coronavirus and your wellbeing

Many of us are struggling to maintain our mental wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic. This excellent page from mental health charity Mind has tips to help yourself cope.

HEALTH & WELLBEING TRAINING & SUPPORT

Introducing Horizon Counselling Services

Horizon Counselling Services provides bespoke health and wellbeing coaching services to companies and individuals.

Coaching and training employees in the workplace can provide benefits which include:

  • Lower absenteeism
  • Mutual trust
  • Improved confidence and communication
  • Productivity benefits
  • Staff retention
  • Improved employee engagement

With the growing emphasis on improving employees morale and boosting productivity, coaching and training employees in the workplace is rapidly becoming standard practice.

Horizon Counselling Services can assist your company in designing appropriate solutions which will make a real difference.

Often, simple things can be overlooked and misunderstood, and having the experts at Horizon implement positive solutions can positively impact your workplace environment.

Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace

Being able to manage your health and wellbeing in your place of work is incredibly important. It can help you be more productive and achieve greater things when you know how to look after yourself.

South Devon College‘s Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace (Online) Level 1 course will help you to understand health and wellbeing in the workplace and assess the risks in your own area of work or future career.

News, guides, features

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Workplace stress: Are you heading for burnout?

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YPS Psychology

How to overcome imposter syndrome with YPS Psychology

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YPS Psychology

4 effective ways to consciously support your employees’ health

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Lucy Spencer
Conscious Business Solutions

Try before you deny… how ScarWork helps people across the world

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My Functional Recovery

Discover the benefits of developing workplace diversity and inclusion initiatives

Seetec Pluss

Discovering and nurturing the natural beauty of Plymouth’s Beaumont Park

Clare Baker
Devon & Plymouth Chamber

Food for thought: Nutrition and mental wellbeing with Carola Becker

Nutrition
Carola Becker
Carola Becker, Nutritionist and Fitness Instructor

A daily dose of fresh air to celebrate our wonderful South West

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Devon & Plymouth Chamber

Recognising and adapting to menopausal symptoms in the workplace

Carolyn Giles
SW Women in Business CIC

No need for women to press pause on their career during menopause

Helena White
Delt Shared Services

Range of support available to women going through menopause

Jane Sargeant
Nuffield Health

Recognising the common symptoms of the menopause

Nikki Harris
Women’s Hormone Health

Better understanding the menopause can help you retain skilled staff

Briony Goldsmith
University of Plymouth

Promoting healthy habits will benefit your home and work life

Kate Magic
Raw Living

Reflecting on the day that saved my life

Dan Silver
Dash of Silver

Tackling remote working stress carefully

Jacqui Shaw
Coralline Health

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