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Meet our Wellbeing Champions

21 Nov 2020   |   Dom Fenner   |   Wellspring Academy Trust

Katherine Heaton – Victoria Primary School
Q Why be a Wellbeing Champion?
Wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do, from the wellbeing of the children, families and staff we all work with. Ensuring a whole team approach in this is important and empowering others to build on personal wellbeing / supporting each other and creating team where wellbeing is incorporated as part of the way we work and how we are is top priority. From a smile to a thank you everyone plays their part and building this ethos I feel is of vital importance.

Q How do you make a difference to staff wellbeing?
By aiming to empower others to make a difference in their own and others wellbeing.

Q What’s your favourite way of keeping yourself well?
Exercising, running clears the mind and makes you feel great!

Q Describe yourself in three words…
Approachable, smiley, considerate.

Rochelle Scott – Springwell Leeds
Q Why be a Wellbeing Champion?
I decided to become a Wellbeing Champion as I felt there was a need to bridge the gap between the Employer and Employee, to improve the wellbeing and support the mental health of my colleagues. We work in a stressful and challenging environment, therefore the importance of promoting a good work life balance is imperative. Over time, I found that some of my colleagues were asking for support with work or home related issues; this stressed the importance and the impact working in this environment can have and how there was a need for a whole school approach.

Q How do you make a difference to staff wellbeing?

It is fundamental that we have a good work life balance. Since taking on this role I have trained as a MHFA which has supported me on how I best work with colleagues, having a listening ear, being empathic, non-judgemental and gaining the knowledge to direct them to external agencies if they need that extra help. We are currently piloting the MHFA action plans. This is a support mechanism for early intervention in helping prevent a crisis before it happens, and this involves giving people your time, time to listen, time to support and time to act.

Q What’s your favourite way of keeping yourself well?
I keep myself well by keeping myself busy. I do Pilates and classes at the gym, attempt to play tennis, lots of long walks in the countryside, spend time with friends and family (in the olden days pre COVID!). I will happily admit it’s not good for my mental health sitting doing nothing or having too much time on my hands!

Q Describe yourself in three words…
Non-judgemental, Approachable, Supportive.

Georgia Law – The Forest Academy
Q Why be a Wellbeing Champion?
As I am based in the office, I am already the lead for most school events. I love organising events and getting children involved in different activities so now being able to create, promote and run events for staff as well is a new aspect and I really enjoy it. I have good relationships with my colleagues throughout school and they feel comfortable communicating with me if there is anything they want/ need to.

Q How do you make a difference to staff wellbeing?
I have created my own wellbeing board in the staffroom. This includes a weekly inspirational quote to inspire and motivate
staff, I also do a weekly quiz riddle. I ask staff to guess the answer to the riddle on a piece of paper and place in the envelope. Every week I announce the winner and give them a prize. I also have ‘staff shout outs’. If a staff member wants to thank another staff member for being kind, helpful etc they can fill out a shout out card and share it on the wellbeing board for people to read. This makes staff feel valued knowing their hard work is appreciated and known.

Q What’s your favourite way of keeping yourself well?
Family/ friends is a massive aspect of my wellbeing outside of the workplace. I surround myself with people I care about and who makes me happy. I also go on long walks on a night to keep fit and active which I think massively helps your mental health.

Q Describe yourself in three words…
Ambitious, creative, and kind.

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