News and Events

Men’s Health Awareness Session – 22 November 2017

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, affecting 1 in 9 men. The vast majority of men are now cured thanks to developments in research leading to better understanding and treatment of the disease.

Staff Wellbeing have invited Professor Joe O’Sullivan, Professor of Radiation Oncology, QUB, and Clinical Director of Oncology at the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre will discuss the symptoms and signs of the disease and ways to reduce the chance of being diagnosed. Joe will describe the world leading prostate cancer research taking place at CCRCB as part of the Movember Centre of Excellence in Prostate Cancer Research as well as the cutting edge therapy being delivered at the Cancer Centre. Joe’s colleague Dr Gillian Prue will also join him to discuss the importance of lifestyle in prostate cancer and to describe some research she is leading out on in the subject here in the University.

The session will be delivered on Wednesday 22 November, 1.00 – 2.00 pm. Please register here to attend, the room will be conformed at registration. Lunch will be provided.

Alcohol and Drugs Awareness – 16 November 2017

Alcohol is the most widely misused drug in Northern Ireland’s society and yet it is an accepted part of the average weekly shop. There are an estimated 47,000 harmful drinkers in NI, and the annual cost to industry of alcohol-related impact is estimated at £258.2m annually in terms of lost productivity, premature deaths among the workforce, and unemployment.

Staff Wellbeing and Addiction NI have organised an awareness session for staff on Thursday 16 November 2017, 1.00 – 2.00 pm, throughout this session, experienced trainers from Addiction NI will challenge employees to consider their own attitudes to alcohol, providing a combination of information and interaction with the group. Please register here to attend, the room will be confirmed at registration. Lunch will be provided.

Exercise, Diet and Fitness Seminars for Staff

Exercise and Diet tips for busy lifestyles- Tuesday 7 November @ 1.10- 1.50pm

Queen’s Sport Personal Trainer Neil Thompson will deliver a presentation outlining his tips for busy people to improve their diet and be physically active, Neil will cover:

  • What makes a successful diet
  • Realistic tips for a successful change in diet
  • Case studies
  • Introducing exercise into your life- it’s easier than you think!
  • Exercise for fat loss
  • Sustainable changes to diet and exercise

Please register here to attend. Lunch will be available at this session.

Females in Fitness- what’s right for you? – Tuesday 21 November @ 1.10- 1.50pm

Queen’s Sport Personal Trainer Heather Weir will deliver a presentation on how changing your workout will change your body & how training techniques affect your results. Heather will discuss:

  • Why you do it – your goals
  • What you do – focused exercises
  • How you do it – perfect technique – the SQUEEZE
  • Where you feel it  - loving the burn 

Please register here to attend. Lunch will be available at this session

International Dance Group for Staff

Mayte Segura is a freelance dance teacher in Queen’s Sport and her husband Maarten Blaauw is a Lecturer at the School of Natural and Built Environment.  Mayte is from Mexico and Maarten is from Holland. The International Dance Group incorporates dance from all around the world to include: Mexican, Latin American, Polish and Irish. This initiative helps integrate international staff and their families by interacting in a relaxed artistic atmosphere.

Staff Wellbeing in partnership with Queen’s Sport have arranged these sessions for staff. The classes will be held in Queen’s Sport on the following Sundays, 3.00 – 5.00 pm:

  • 24 September
  • 8 October
  • 22 October
  • 12th November

Staff will meet in Clements in the PEC at 3.00 pm and the class will start at 4.00 pm, the sessions are free of charge and registration is not needed.

Inspire Workplaces – Free Staff Counselling

Counselling is a confidential process that allows you to work through issues that may be causing you distress or confusion, with a person who is professionally qualified to help you. Inspire counselling is carried out in an extremely supportive, caring and non-judgemental way. Counsellors support staff to cope with a wide range of issues.  They have a sensitive and practical approach, no matter what work or personal difficulties you may be going through. Counselling is on a one to one basis, with the same counsellor for all sessions. These sessions can take place in a counselling room, over Skype or on the telephone and it is free. 

Inspire Professional Counsellors are fully qualified and experienced in:

  • Alcohol problems
  • Anxiety or Depression
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Debt problems
  • Drug related problems
  • Employment concerns
  • Experience of a traumatic event
  • Family worries
  • Personal relationship problems
  • Stress at work or at home 

Staff can call the free-phone number: 0808 800 0016 at any time of the day or night, seven days a week.For more information on Inspire, please see their website. 

On National Stress Awareness Day, Wednesday 1 November 2017, Staff Wellbeing alongside Inspire have organised a drop-in information desk in the Main Site Tower beside Junction, for staff to find out more information about these services, this will be available from 10.00 am – 12.00 pm. There will also be a lunch-time information session on the same day, 1.00 – 2.00 pm, please register here to attend. Lunch will be provided at this session.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In Northern Ireland around 1,300 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year – approximately 80% of these are over the age of 50. But it can happen to both younger women and to men. So whatever your age, being breast aware – knowing what is normal for you – makes sense. Early detection & screening saves lives!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Monthand Staff Wellbeing have organised a Breast Cancer Awareness information sessionfor staff. The session will be delivered by Dervilia from Cancer Focus on Tuesday 31 October, 1.00 – 2.00 pm. Please register to attend here, venue will be confirmed after registration. Lunch will be provided at this session.  

Irish Language Speakers’ Circle - 27 October 2017

There are five simple steps to help maintain and improve your wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. Try to build these into your daily life – think of them as your ‘five a day’ for wellbeing.  The Irish Language Speakers’ Circle can help staff to Connect and Keep Learning.

Michael Pierse, Lecturer in AEL has been running an Irish language speakers’ circle for the past couple of months at Queen’s, and would like now to extend an invitation to all staff, for an hour of conversation in Gaeilge. Please see details of the next meeting below:

Ciorcal Comhrá

Deireadh Fómhair 2017

in Ollscoil na Banríona

Ag bualadh le chéile i

Junction

san Fhoirgneamh MST

an 27ú de Dheireadh Fomhair, 12-1 i.n.

Caint. Caifé. Craic!

Bígí linn!

Free Stress Control Programme Starting 11 October 2017

The Stress Control Programme is an initiative which makes wellbeing information available to the general public, free of charge. The program provides 6 lunchtime (12.30 – 1.30 pm) talks, one per week, about various aspects of stress management.

GPs recommend these sessions if patients are experiencing stress, anxiety and/or low mood. The sessions are delivered by a Mental Health, CBT trained Facilitator and no-one is expected to talk about themselves or their individual difficulties.

The sessions will take place each Wednesday from 11 October to 15 November 2017 inclusive, 12.30 – 1.30 pm in the Ulster Museum. For more information please click here.

Please note that you are welcome to attend consecutive weeks, even if you haven't attended the first session.

World Mental Health Day – Tuesday 10 October 2017

One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some time in our lives. Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life. Below are five things that, according to research, can really help to boost our mental wellbeing: 

Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. Learn more in Connect for mental wellbeing.

Be active – you don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Learn more in Get active for mental wellbeing 

Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike? Find out more in Learn for mental wellbeing.

Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks. Learn more in Give for mental wellbeing.

Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

Mood Matters Lunch-time Session for Staff, Tuesday 10 October 2017, 1.00 – 2.00 pm

Mood Matters will help teach you skills and techniques to look after your mental health, manage your feelings when you are stressed, worried or depressed and help you to cope with challenges in your life. Come along and learn how to look after your mental health and find out how to source the relevant help.

In partnership with Staff Wellbeing, this session has been organised on World Mental Health Day, Tuesday 10 October , 1.00pm – 2.00pm and will be delivered by Aware NI. Please register here, the room will be confirmed after registration. Lunch will be provided at this session.

Parenting NI – Preventing Risk Taking Behaviour Workshop

Queen’s Wellbeing are running a workshop for working parents on Thursday 12 October 2017, 1.00 – 2.00 pm. This session will be delivered by Parenting NI, a leading organisation which has been supporting parents in Northern Ireland since 1979. Preventing Risk Taking Behaviour Information and Registration. Rooms will be confirmed at registration. Lunch will be provided.

Backcare Drop-in Session - 3 October 2017 

Staff Wellbeing at Queen’s has teamed up with the Safety Service and will be offering staff the opportunity to get help and advice on how to increase your comfort while working at your PC and make simple changes to address the poor postures that cause aches and pains.

Safety Officers Julie McConkey and Colin Richardson will be on hand on Tuesday 3 October in the Old Staff Common Room, Lanyon Building from 1.00pm to  2.00pm with example workstations and a range of ergonomic computer equipment. This is a drop in session so please call in for some advice on your computer workstation set-up and general back care in the office.

Further sources of advice on Back Care are available: NHS Top Ten Back Care Tips




National Work Life Week: 2nd – 6th October 2017

National Work Life Week is an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being at work and work-life balance. Please have a look at some of our upcoming Wellbeing initiatives including the upcoming Parenting workshop: 

Parenting NI – Parenting Workshop

Queen’s Wellbeing are running a workshop for working parents on Thursday 12 October 2017, 1.00 – 2.00 pm. This session will be delivered by Parenting NI, a leading organisation which has been supporting parents in Northern Ireland since 1979. Preventing Risk Taking Behaviour Information and Registration. Rooms will be confirmed at registration. Lunch will be provided.

Employer’s for Childcare - Family Friendly Employer Awards

 Employers For Childcare aims to make it easier for parents with dependent children to get into work and stay in work. The Family Friendly Employer Awards recognise those employers who go above and beyond to implement family friendly policies, the awards took place at Galgorm Resort and Spa on Tuesday 26 September and Queen’s University Belfastreceived the Public Sector - Highly Commended Award.

Queen’s University Belfast demonstrated health and wellbeing as part of their corporate plan. The judges were impressed with their top-down leadership focus on looking after staff.”

For more information on the winners and highly commended of each category, please click here 

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Inspire Workplaces – Website Launch and Employee Assistance Programme

Our Counselling provider, Inspire Workplaces are pleased to announce the launch of their new website! As part of Inspire’s Employee Assistance Programme, staff have access to tools  and information in promoting mental health and wellbeing - at work and at home.

Please see Inspire’s Launch flyer for more information, log in details for staff can be found on the final page.

Perks September Update - Enjoy over 1,500 discounts

You can save on meals out with family and friends, checking out the latest blockbuster movie, keeping fit at the gym, your weekly grocery shop, taking the kids out, getting

away for a hotel break, filling up your car, enjoying some fresh air on the golf course, looking good in a new party outfit, relaxing on the sofa with a treat night takeaway and so much more.

Check the Perks website regularly to view the full range of offers, be kept up to date with new offers throughout the year, enter fantastic competitions and much more. See the full September update here.

If not already registered, simply visit www.perksdirectory.co.uk/qub to get started today. If you need a new Perks card, please call Deborah on x3176.

 

 

Parenting NI’s networking breakfast for working dads – Thursday 12 October

Parenting NI in partnership with Kingsbridge Private Hospital have organised a breakfast networking event with a difference. Helping professional working dads tackle the balance between work and family life. The breakfast network event will take place on Thursday 12th October at 8.30am in Kingspan Stadium. Please see the Parenting NI poster or contact lucy@parentingni.org for further information.

Cancer Focus – Stop Smoking Support Services - Information and Registration Events: 19 and 26 Sept 2017

Smoking causes one third of all cancer deaths in Northern Ireland and is our greatest cause of preventable ill health. It not only increases the risk of cancer for the smoker but also for everyone else around them. Cancer Focus NI’s award-winning Stop Smoking service is funded by the Public Health Agency and offered in GP practices, health and wellbeing centres, community, workplace and youth settings including schools. Staff Wellbeing alongside Cancer Focus have organised sessions for staff to find out more about these services, please register below to attend.

Stop Smoking Support Service Drop-in Information Desk - Tuesday 19 September

Stop Smoking Support Service Lunch-time Information Session - Tuesday 26 September

Vote for the Erskine House Tree for Tree of the Year

tree based at the Belfast City Hospital and Queen’s University has made it to the final of the Woodland Trust’s Northern Ireland ‘Tree of the Year’ competition.

The Erskine House tree is a direct descendant of the ‘Plane tree of Kos’ - a famous oriental plane tree under which Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine, first taught on the island of Kos in 500 BC.

It was planted from seeds gifted by Greek physician, Dr Dimitrios Oreopoulos in the 1960’s, who was undertaking an MD in kidney research at Queen’s University and working at the renal unit at Belfast City Hospital.

For more information and to vote for the Erskine House tree in the Woodland Trust’s ‘Tree of the Year’ competition, please visit: here 

Sing for Joy Concert – Friday 29 September 2017

Come and join choirs and singers from across the land for a joyous, song-filled summer's evening.

Sing For Joy is an event that will promote the positive well-being and joy that singing in a community choir brings to so many of us. Proceeds will go towards Aware NI. Community choirs from all over Northern Ireland will perform and share songs with each other. It is a chance for different choirs to perform, meet each other and to hear what other choirs and singers get up to.
Choir leaders will lead their own choir through a short 20 minute repertoire and invite the audience to join them in at least one easy-to-learn piece - so that we can all sing as much as possible. Anyone wishing to perform please contact Una the host directly via email: unamccann@gmail.com or on the Sing for Joy Facebook Page.

Already confirmed are:

  • Queen's Staff Wellbeing Choir

  • Antrim Community Choir

  • Change the World in Song

  • Be Ten Minutes More Choir

  • Voca- Loca

  • Down's Syndrome Choir

  • Omagh Community Choir

  • Voices of Lecale

Suggested donation: £5 per person, please donate through our Sing for Joy Just Giving Page.

Holistic Therapies for Staff  

Nightingale Holistic Therapies promotes wellbeing by providing massage therapies and encouraging individuals to make time to relax and have 'me time'. One of Nightingale holistic therapies goals is to provide quality, affordable massage to staff, with an aim to help destress and rejuvenate during the working day. Treatments are available at a discounted price for staff:

£10 - shoulder and neck massage (15mins)
£15 - shoulder back and neck massage (30mins)
£25 - full body massage (45 mins)

To arrange an appointment please contact Moyah via Facebook or on: 07713563036.

 

Autumn 2017 Physical Activity Programme

The 2017 Autumn Activity programme, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, begins week commencing Monday 11 September 2017. The classes include:

Class

Date

Time

Location

Introduction to Dance

Monday 11 September 2017

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Pilates

Tuesday 12 September 2017

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Yoga

Wednesday 13 September 2017

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Tone and Trim

Thursday 14 September 2017

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

New Class

Barre

Friday 15 September 2017

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Blast Tabata

Friday 15 September 2017

1.15pm – 1.45pm

Queen’s Sport, Physical Education Centre

Who are the classes suitable for? All ages/genders and levels of fitness, if you want to find out more about any of the sessions in advance of registering please contact Queen’s Sport: courseenquiries@qub.ac.uk/028 9068 1126. 

Registration and Payment: Visit PEC reception, each 13 week course costs £27. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. These classes will run to w/c: 11 December 2017 inclusive, there will be no classes w/c: 30 October 2017. Please note - phone registration is no longer available.

Alzheimer's Information Session, 21 Sept 2017

There are more than 520,000 people in the UK with Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. These symptoms occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases, including Alzheimer's disease. Staff Wellbeing have organised an Alzheimer’s Information Session to give staff helpful information.

The session will be delivered by Professor Peter Passmore, Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast and will take place on Thursday 21 September 2017, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, location will be confirmed after registration. Lunch will be provided. Please register to attend here.

 

Parenting NI – Parenting Workshops

Queen’s Wellbeing are running a series of workshops for working parents. The sessions will be delivered by Parenting NI, a leading organisation which has been supporting parents in Northern Ireland since 1979. 

 

Workshop

 

Date/Time

Registration

Understanding your Child

Monday 4 September 1-2pm

Understanding Your Child Information and Registration

 

Setting Rules and Consequences

Wednesday 13 September 1-2pm

Setting Rules and Consequences Information and Registration

Preventing Risk Taking Behaviour

Thursday 12 October 1-2pm

Preventing Risk Taking Behaviour Information and Registration

 

More information and Registration: click on the registration link beside the workshop you wish to find out more about and/or wish to attend, you will need to register for each workshop separately. Rooms will be confirmed at registration. Lunch will be provided.

 Free Taster – Barre – Friday 1 September 2017

Queen’s Sport and Staff Wellbeing are hoping to introduce a new Fitness Class to the already popular On-site Physical Activity Programme.

Barre is an athletic full-body workout designed to elongate, strengthen, and tone muscles through a fusion of Yoga, Ballet barre, and Pilates techniques.  This format comes to Queen's University from the United States where Barre is a phenomenon. It is known for its fun, challenging classes with fast, effective results in achieving a dancer-like physique.  

When is the taster class? Friday 1 September at 1.10 pm, venue will be confirmed after registration.

Who are the classes suitable for? All ages/genders and levels of fitness, if you want to find out more about any of the sessions in advance of registering please contact Reception at Queen’s Sport: sport@qub.ac.uk /028 9068 1126. Please register here to attend. 

Irish Language Speakers’ Circle - 25 August 2017

There are five simple steps to help maintain and improve your wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. Try to build these into your daily life – think of them as your ‘five a day’ for wellbeing.  The Irish Language Speakers’ Circle can help staff to Connect and Keep Learning

Michael Pierse, Lecturer in AEL has been running an Irish language speakers’ circle for the past couple of months at Queen’s, and would like now to extend an invitation to staff beyond the AHSS faculty to join with them each month, for an hour of conversation in Gaeilge. Please see details of the next meeting below:

Ciorcal Comhrá

in Ollscoil na Banríona

Ag bualadh le chéile i Junction

san Fhoirgneamh MST

25ú Lúnasa, 12-1 i.n.

Caint. Caifé. Craic!

Bígí linn!

Teagmháil: Michael Pierse – m.pierse@qub.ac.uk

New Members: Queen’s Staff Wellbeing Choir

Last year a Staff Choir was added to the schedule of Staff Wellbeing activities. The Choir rehearse one lunchtime per week and have the option to perform at internal events and in front of colleagues, family and friends. This initiative has been so successful socially and psychologically that we are going to launch it again in September 2017.

Choir Benefits

Singing in a choir has physical, emotional and psychological benefits and these are particularly enhanced when singing as a group, you can read more about the benefits here.

“I loved being part of Queen’s Wellbeing Choir I really enjoyed it and noticed a visible improvement in my mood and general feeling of wellbeing after attending the rehearsals. My colleagues commented on the improvement in my mood and they really enjoyed the end of term performance” (member of the first Queen’s Wellbeing Choir)

About the Choir

The choir leader, Una McCann, will take members through uplifting songs from many genres including blues, pop, Americana, gospel and world music. Read more about Una below. No prior experience of singing or reading music is necessary as all songs will be taught by ear.

More about Una, the choir director

Una McCann has a BA in Music and Ethnomusicology from Queen’s and a PGCE from Bathspa University.  She has sung with vocal harmony groups all around the UK and has sung and performed as far afield as Indonesia and Brazil. Una has been Musical Director of Antrim Community Choir for nearly 3 years and co-directs children’s choirs as part of Junior Academy of Music at Queens. Here are some videos of Una in action with Antrim Community Choir.

The Choir is open to all staff with the exception of those who have already participated in this wellbeing initiative. This is a request for new members only.

Register Your Interest

Register your interest, using your Queen’s email address via Eventbrite. Please note this process is only to register your interest. Depending on numbers, we will decide if there will be a need for two separate choirs.

 

Information Session "Big Changes Big Choices"

The Equality and Diversity Unit in conjunction with the Salaries office and Employers for Childcare have arranged a number of Information sessions for QUB staff in relation to the new Tax-Free childcare scheme which is due to be launched early 2017.

Despite being in the pipeline for so long very few parents have an understanding of what the scheme involves. 

This lunchtime session is for both staff currently using Childcare Vouchers and Staff not currently availing of the scheme but who may wish to in the future.  Dependent on personal circumstances some people will be better off with the new Tax free Childcare Scheme and some should remain with the current Childcare Vouchers Scheme.  The current childcare voucher scheme will close to new entrants in April 2018.

If you were unable to make the session in May, a further lunchtime event has been arranged and will be held on Tuesday 1st August 2017, please book here.

We also hope to hold one-to-one advice clinics where staff can discuss their own personal circumstances with Employers for Childcare in November 2017.  These will be advertised nearer the time.

You can watch a video about the upcoming changes here.


Palm House, Botanic Gardens

Friar's Bush Graveyard

Summer 2017 Walking Tours

Tours of Botanic Gardens, Tues 4 July and Fri 18 Aug, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Queen’s is very lucky to have Botanic Gardens, which boasts a wide variety of biodiversity as well as being home to the Palm House and the Tropical Ravine, on its’ doorstep. Established in 1828, the gardens have been enjoyed as a public park by the people of Belfast since 1895. Register to attend here: July 2017 Botanic Tour or August 2017 Botanic Tour.

Tours of Friar’s Bush Graveyard, Mon 24 July and Wed 23 Aug, 1.00pm – 2.00pm (FULLY BOOKED)

Friar’s Bush Graveyard (Stranmillis Road) is thought to be Belfast’s oldest Christian burial ground, possibly dating back to pre-Christian times. It also contains the mass grave of hundreds of victims of Belfast’s cholera epidemics. Although burials no longer take place in the cemetery, it is a recognised historical site. Two dates have been arranged this year due to the popularity of last year's tour. Register to attend here: July 2017 Friar's Bush Touror August 2017 Friar's Bush Tour.

Be Active and Take Notice at lunchtime with a summer walking tour. Queen’s University comprises a rich and diverse 100 acre estate and has a responsibility to ensure it does all it can to protect and enhance biodiversity. Protecting our biodiversity is of vital importance; it provides an essential resource to us as a result of its aesthetic, economic and recreational values. Biodiversity plays a crucial role in our health and wellbeing therefore it is important that we strive to give it the protection it deserves. Summer walking tours are arranged by Staff Wellbeing and delivered by Belfast City Council.

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Summer Physical Activity Programme

The 2017 Summer Activity programme, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, begins week commencing Monday 24 July 2017. The classes include:

Class

Date

Time

Location

Introduction to Dance

Monday 24 July

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Pilates

Tuesday 25 July

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Yoga

Wednesday 26 July

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Tone and Trim

Thursday 27 July

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Blast Tabata

Friday 28 July

1.15pm – 1.45pm

Queen’s Sport, PEC

Who are the classes suitable for? All ages/genders and levels of fitness, if you want to find out more about any of the sessions in advance of registering please contact Reception at Queen’s Sport: sport@qub.ac.uk /028 9068 1126. These classes will run to w/c: 28 August 2017 inclusive.

Registration and Payment: Visit PEC reception, each 6 week course costs £13. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

International Dance Group for Staff

Mayte Segura is a freelance dance teacher in Queen’s Sport and her husband Maarten Blaauw is a Lecturer at the School of Natural and Built Environment.  Mayte is from Mexico and Maarten is from Holland. Mayte is interested in developing an International Dance Group, incorporating dance from all around the world to include: Mexican, Latin American, Polish and Irish. This initiative will help integrate international staff and their families by interacting in a relaxed artistic atmosphere.

Staff Wellbeing in partnership with Queen’s Sport have agreed to promote these sessions for staff. The next classes will be held in Queen’s Sport on Sunday 9 and 30 July 2017, 3.00 – 5.00 pm. Staff will meet in Clements in the PEC at 3.00 pm and the class will start at 4.00 pm, the sessions are free of charge and registration is not needed.

Holistic Therapies for Staff  

Nightingale Holistic Therapies promotes wellbeing by providing massage therapies and encouraging individuals to make time to relax and have 'me time'. One of Nightingale holistic therapies goals is to provide quality, affordable massage to staff, with an aim to help destress and rejuvenate during the working day. Treatments are available at a discounted price for staff:

£10 - shoulder and neck massage (15mins)
£15 - shoulder back and neck massage (30mins)
£25 - full body massage (45 mins)

To arrange an appointment please contact Moyah via Facebook or on: 07713563036.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irish Language Speakers’ Circle

There are five simple steps to help maintain and improve your wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give. Try to build these into your daily life – think of them as your ‘five a day’ for wellbeing.  The Irish Language Speakers’ Circle can help staff to Connect and Keep Learning. 

Michael Pierse, Lecturer in AEL has been running an Irish language speakers’ circle for the past couple of months at Queen’s, and would like now to extend an invitation to staff beyond the AHSS faculty to join with them each month, for an hour of conversation in Gaeilge. Please see details of the next meeting below and the poster attached:

Ciorcal comhrá na míosa in Ollscoil na Banríona. Caint, caifé agus craic: bígí linn!

Caifé Junction

30ú Meitheamh 2017

12-1 i.n.

Beidh fáilte roimh chainteoiríagus fhoghlaimeoirí na teanga de gach leibhéal!

Teagmháil: Michael Pierse – m.pierse@qub.ac.uk

Care in the Sun Information Session: Tuesday 20 June 2017

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Northern Ireland. Around 3,780 people develop skin cancer each year, accounting for 30% of all cancers diagnosed here. Research carried out by Cancer Focus shows that 40-50% of people in Northern Ireland do not apply sunscreen at home when sunbathing or while outdoors.  Sun awareness is important – you don’t need to be sunbathing to get skin cancer; it’s over-exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) which can cause serious damage over time. It’s important for everyone to avoid getting sunburned, particularly children.

Staff Wellbeing have organised a Care in the Sun Information Session to give staff helpful information on how you and your family can keep safe in the sun.

The session, which will be delivered by Cancer Focus and Dr Gerry Gormley from the Centre of Medical Education, will take place on Tuesday 20 June 2017, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, location confirmed after registration. Lunch will be provided. Register to attend here.


Carers Week 12-18 June 2017

Across the UK today 6.5 million people are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill.

That’s 1 in 8 adults who care, unpaid, for family and friends. Within our lifetime, there will be 9 million carers. A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. Each carer’s experience is unique to their own circumstances.

The University is committed to supporting staff health and wellbeing and this includes providing work life balance support for staff with caring responsibilities. There are a number of policies and initiatives are in place to provide support for carers in the workplace full details of which are available on the Staff Wellbeing website. For more information, please see the Carers NI Advice Booklet.

The University has its own Carers Network, the purpose of the network is to provide working carers with the opportunity to come together and share experiences, discuss issues, ask questions and arrange informal catch ups. Carers NI attend some meetings of the network to provide support. If you are interested in joining this network and haven’t already registered, please email wellbeing@qub.ac.uk. Carer’s NI are visiting on Monday 12 June, 1.00 – 2.00 pm to speak to our Carer’s Network, if any staff with caring responsibilities are interested in joining the Carer’s Network or are interested in coming along, please register here. Location confirmed after registration and lunch will be provided.

International Dance Group for Staff

Mayte Segura is a freelance dance teacher in Queen’s Sport and her husband Maarten Blaauw is a Lecturer at the School of Natural and Built Environment.  Mayte is from Mexico and Maarten is from Holland. Mayte is interested in developing an International Dance Group, incorporating dance from all around the world to include: Mexican, Latin American, Polish and Irish. This initiative will help integrate international staff and their families by interacting in a relaxed artistic atmosphere.

Staff Wellbeing in partnership with Queen’s Sport have agreed to promote these sessions for staff. The next class will be held in Queen’s Sport on Sunday 11 June 2017, 3.00 – 5.00 pm. Staff will meet in Clements in the PEC at 3.00 pm and the class will start at 4.00 pm, the sessions are free of charge and registration is not needed.

 

Sing for Joy Concert – Postponed to Fri 29 September 2017

Come and join choirs and singers from across the land for a joyous, song-filled summer's evening.
Sing For Joy is an event that will promote the positive well-being and joy that singing in a community choir brings to so many of us. Proceeds will go towards Aware NI. Community choirs from all over Northern Ireland will perform and share songs with each other. It is a chance for different choirs to perform, meet each other and to hear what other choirs and singers get up to.
Choir leaders will lead their own choir through a short 20 minute repertoire and invite the audience to join them in at least one easy-to-learn piece - so that we can all sing as much as possible. Anyone wishing to perform please contact Una the host directly via email: unamccann@gmail.com or on the Sing for Joy Facebook Page.

Already confirmed are:

  • Queen's University Friday Choir
  • Antrim Community Choir
  • Change the World in Song
  • Be Ten Minutes More Choir
  • Voca- Loca
  • Down's Syndrome Choir
  • Omagh Community Choir
  • Voices of Lecale

Suggested donation: £5 per person, please donate through our Sing for Joy Just Giving Page.

Wellbeing Training – Mood Matters

As part of Queen’s ongoing commitment to promoting and supporting staff wellbeing, two half day training programmes have been developed and are delivered in collaboration with Aware NI. For more information click here.

Mental Health Awareness Week 8-14 May 2017

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) 8 – 14 May 17 the Estates Directorate is focussing on the 5 steps to Wellbeing throughout the course of the week:  

  1. Connect – A great way to connect with colleagues is through coffee mornings and team building activities.  Why not organise a coffee morning or team lunch to get everyone together, share ideas and talk about the week ahead. In partnership with Staff Wellbeing, a Mood Matters session has been organised during Mental Health Awareness Week on Thursday 11 May, 1.00pm – 2.00pm and will be delivered by Patrick from Aware NI. Please register here, the room will be confirmed after registration. Lunch will be provided at this session. Please only register if you have not attended a recent Mood Matters session, as they provide the same content.
  2. Take NoticeThroughout the weekwe will endeavour to focus on the small positive stuff that matters and makes a difference to you, and to others.  Something as small as a thank you or a compliment always goes a long way!
  3. GiveSharing information on mental health matters - social media is always a good start – Twitter link for MHAW - #MHAW17
  4. Keep Learning – Friday 12 May 17 Patrick Anderson (AWARE) will deliver a presentation at 9:00am in the Old Staff Common Room on the importance of mental health.
  5. Keep activeAll week we will be encouraging staff to walk/run/cycle to and from work; basically encouraging more physical activity and movement than normal – it really does make you feel better and it’s good for the environment too!!  Dara Curley and Richard Sheridan from Estates Services will be running 21 miles to work on Friday 12 May 17.  The idea behind “21 miles before breakfast” is to increase awareness for #MHAW17 and raise money for the RVH Liver Support Unit.  A breakfast is planned for their arrival at the University in the Old Staff Common Room.  They will arrive at 8:45am, why not come along and show your support, get some breakfast and listen to Patrick talk about how to keep on top of your own mental health?

If you would like to support them you can donate using the Just Giving Page below. 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/QUBEstates21mile

We would really appreciate it if all staff considered promoting this initiative across their respective Schools and Directorates w/c 8 May 17.  At the very least take a look at #MHAW17 on twitter and pass it on to someone you know! 

QFT are also hosting the NI Mental Health Arts and Film Festival this month, on the 16th and 18th May, please click on the link below for more information.

NI Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2017 

International Dance Group for Staff

Mayte Segura is a freelance dance teacher in Queen’s Sport and her husband Maarten Blaauw is a Lecturer at the School of Natural and Built Environment.  Mayte is from Mexico and Maarten is from Holland. Mayte is interested in developing an International Dance Group, incorporating dance from all around the world to include: Mexican, Latin American, Polish and Irish. This initiative will help integrate international staff and their families by interacting in a relaxed artistic atmosphere.

Staff Wellbeing in partnership with Queen’s Sport have agreed to promote these sessions for staff. The next class will be held in Queen’s Sport on Sunday 14 May 2017, 3.00 – 5.00 pm. Staff will meet in Clements in the PEC at 3.00 pm and the class will start at 4.00 pm, the sessions are free of charge and registration is not needed.

Aware NI – Mood Matters Session – Thursday 11 May, 1.00 – 2.00 pm

AWARE is the national depression charity for Northern Ireland - and the only charity working exclusively for people with depression and bipolar disorder. Mood Matters gives participants knowledge and skills which can be used to maintain or regain good mental health and build resilience to deal with life’s challenges. The programme is based on cognitive behavioural concepts and introduces the ‘Five Areas Approach’ which participants use to challenge and change unhelpful thinking and behaviour in order to make a positive difference to their lives. It also features the ‘Take5 for Your Emotional Wellbeing’ which focuses on the five most evidenced ways of looking after our mental health i.e. Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give and teaches us how we can build these into our everyday lives.

In partnership with Staff Wellbeing, a Mood Matters session has been organised during Mental Health Awareness Week on Thursday 11 May, 1.00pm – 2.00pm and will be delivered by Patrick from Aware NI. Please register here, the room will be confirmed after registration. Lunch will be provided at this session. Please only register if you have not attended a recent Mood Matters session, as they provide the same content.

Pedometer Challenge - The Results

Well done to all those who took part in the 2017 Pedometer Challenge. Professor David Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students announced the results at a ceremony in the Great Hall on Tuesday 11 April 2017. See full details on the benefits of the scheme, full steps walked and the winners in the Pedometer Challenge Presentation 2017 link below.

The Benefits

Walking increases our physical activity and reduces our chances of suffering from major health problems, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Walking, as an alternative mode of transport, can also have significant positive environmental benefits. During the four week challenge participants walked over 113 million steps (the equivalent to walking to Thailand and back four times over), with a potential saving of 17 tonnes of carbon emissions (when compared to average missions per mile by car). Participants also raised over £1,400 for the nominated charity, Disability Sport NI.

The Winners

Congratulations to The Walking Dead, the Security Staff team for winning best team and to Stan Solo (Tom Mervyn)  the winner of the individual challenge.

Thanks to all who participated in the 2017 challenge.

Pedometer Challenge Presentation 2017

Holistic Therapies for Staff  

Nightingale Holistic Therapies promotes wellbeing by providing massage therapies and encouraging individuals to make time to relax and have 'me time'. One of Nightingale holistic therapies goals is to provide quality, affordable massage to staff, with an aim to help destress and rejuvenate during the working day. Treatments are available at a discounted price for staff:

£10 - shoulder and neck massage (15mins)
£15 - shoulder back and neck massage (30mins)
£25 - full body massage (45 mins)

Moyah will be at the following locations between the hours of 10.00 am – 2.00 pm (during tea break and lunch break) on the following dates:

Monday 24 April          RVH Site

Wednesday 26 April    MBC Site

Friday 28 April             Main Site

Testimonials: “Moyah is a very caring person and an excellent communicator, she makes people feel very relaxed”. “Moyah is a skilled communicator and she naturally makes people feel at ease with her warm and approachable personality”.  Booking: You can contact Moyah via Facebook or on: 07713563036 to arrange an appointment.

Spring 2017 Physical Activity Programme

The 2017 Spring Activity programme, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, begins week commencing Monday 24 April 2017. The classes include:

Class

Date

Time

Location

Introduction to Dance*

Monday 24 April

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Pilates

Tuesday 25 April

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Yoga

Wednesday 26 April

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Tone and Trim

Thursday 27 April

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Blast Tabata**

Friday 28 April

1.15pm – 1.45pm

Queen’s Sport, Physical Education Centre

*  Intro to Dance, the University will be closed on Monday 1 May, therefore a class has been added to the end of your course on Monday 10 July.

** Blast Tabata will only run this season if sufficient numbers register to attend. Blast is a 10 week course and will run to w/c: 26 June 2017 due to lack of room availability on Fri 7 July, the cost of this course is £21.

Who are the classes suitable for? All ages/genders and levels of fitness, if you want to find out more about any of the sessions in advance of registering please contact Reception at Queen’s Sport: sport@qub.ac.uk /028 9068 1126. 

Registration and Payment: Visit PEC reception, each 11 week course costs £23. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. These classes will run to w/c: 3 July 2017 inclusive. Please note - phone registration is no longer available as this has previously caused administrative errors.

Parenting NI – Parenting Workshops

Queen’s Wellbeing are running a series of workshops for working parents. The sessions will be delivered by Parenting NI, a leading organisation which has been supporting parents in Northern Ireland since 1979. 

 

Parenting Workshops

Workshop

 

Date/Time

Registration

Effective Parenting

Thurs 6 April 1-2pm

Effective Parenting Registration

Raising your child’s self-esteem

Mon 10th April 1-2pm

Child's Self-Esteem Registration

Digital Parenting

Wed 3rd May 1-2pm

Digital Parenting Registration

Registration: click on the registration link beside the workshop you wish to attend, you will need to register for each workshop separately. Rooms will be confirmed at registration. Lunch will be provided at each session for all attendees.

Digi Detox – Thursday 27 April 2017

Take part in our Digi Detox by challenging yourself to go smartphone free for the day whilst raising money for Parenting NI, a local charity who help support families across Northern Ireland.

Anyone can take part, by switching off your personal device, suppressing your FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and seeing if you can survive without checking your social media for one full day at work. Taking part in this Digital Detox will mean you're doing a good deed for Parenting NI and you'll also find it has benefits for reconnecting with colleagues and students.

Register here to take part in Parenting NI’s Digital Detox, after registration you will receive a confirmation email and fundraising information pack. Further resources available:

Digi Detox Poster

Digi Detox Sponsor Form

Digi Detox FAQs


Employers for Childcare Information Session "Big Changes Big Choices"

The Equality and Diversity Unit in conjunction with the Salaries office and Employers for Childcare have arranged a number of Information sessions for QUB staff in relation to the new Tax-Free childcare scheme which is due to be launched early 2017.

Despite being in the pipeline for so long very few parents have an understanding of what the scheme involves. 

This lunchtime session is for both staff currently using Childcare Vouchers and Staff not currently availing of the scheme but who may wish to in the future.  Dependant on personal circumstances some people will be better off with the new Tax free Childcare Scheme and some should remain with the current Childcare Vouchers Scheme.  The current childcare voucher scheme will close to new entrants in April 2018.

If you are unable to make the session on Wednesday 10th May a further lunchtime event will be held on Tuesday 1st August.

Book here for the session on Wednesday 10th May 17 and here for the session on Tuesday 1st August 17.

We also hope to hold one-to-one advice clinics where staff can discuss their own personal circumstances with Employers for Childcare in November 2017.  These will be advertised nearer the time.

You can watch a video about the upcoming changes here.

Pedometer Challenge Awards

The 4 week Pedometer Challenge finished on Friday 31 March 2017, over 460 staff participated this year with some great competition from both teams and individuals.

The Pedometer Challenge Awards will take place on Tuesday 11 April at 1.00 pm in the Great Hall and we would ask that all participants please come along to find out the winners of the Pedometer Challenge, prizes will be presented to: overall winners, team and individuals, and spot prizes. A light lunch will be provided for attendees.

Thanks for all the tweets and pictures throughout the competition and good luck to all involved.

Pedometer Challenge Results – Week 3

The competition is heating up in week 3 with 28,286,535 steps taken this week alone. Stan Solo and The Walking Dead and are back on top, Billy in Security will be happy!

Top Ten Teams – Week 3

Team Leader Name

Team Name

Week 3 Total Steps

Darren Millar

The Walking Dead (Security)

898,045

Colin Wall-O'Neill

G Loves Steps!

895,995

Joanna Smyth

Oral Surgery

744,029

Tony Mc Crory

Sit Shep, Shep Sit!

726,672

Ruth Walmsley

Deans and Queens

615,114

Allen Carruthers

AUA - Another Useless Acronym

601,892

Thomas Madden

Cirque de sore legs

598,507

Jennie Hammond

Red Hot Chili Steppers (Jennie Hammond)

595,975

Conleth Burns

The Dirty Half Dozen

542,590

Helen perry

Team Awesome

539,185

 

Top Three Individuals – Week 3

Your Name

Weekly Step Count

Stan Solo

217,061

For Patrick

180,684

Charlene Junkin

174,739

 

Please remember to send pics and tweets to @WellbeingQUB using the hashtag #LoveQUBStaff. So far we have raised over £1,300 for Disability Sport NI, if anyone still wishes to make a donation, please do so via Just Giving.

Pedometer Challenge Results – Week 2

Thanks to all the steppers for the Tweets and pics to date, there is some strong competition and excellent teamwork in week 2. The winning team this week is G Loves Steps! and Scott is the top individual stepper with over 150,000 steps.

Top Ten Teams – Week 2

 

Team Name

Week 2 Total Steps

G Loves Steps!

743,059

Sit Shep, Shep Sit!

740,402

The Walking Dead (Security)

626,589

Oral Surgery

618,453

Walk Your Buns Off

574,011

Red Hot Chili Steppers (Jennie Hammond)

571,655

Team Awesome

511,784

One Step Beyond

497,925

Luke and the Sky-walkers

482,575

Cirque de sore legs

471,939

 

Top Three Individuals – Week 2

Your Name

Weekly Step Count

Scott Gilliland

156,227

Stan Solo

142,192

For Patrick

126,480

 

Please remember to keep sending pics and tweets to @WellbeingQUB using the hashtag #LoveQUBStaff. So far we have raised over £1,300 for Disability Sport NI, if anyone wishes to make a donation, please do so via Just Giving.

Pedometer Challenge Results – Week 1

We are off to a great start to the Pedometer Challenge this year with 66 teams and 12 individuals registered to take part. In week 1 over 18,061,142 steps have been taken and it looks like the Walking Dead (Team) and Stan Solo (Individual) are the steppers to beat.

Top Ten Teams – Week 1

The Walking Dead (Security)

482,238

Red Hot Chili Steppers

443,999

Oral Surgery

414,974

Walk Your Buns Off

413,660

Luke and the Sky-walkers

401,851

Team Awesome

370,680

Biology Team Walkers

360,880

The Dirty Half Dozen

358,929

Witness the Fitness (W. Plunkett)

346,710

Shut Up and Walk!

340,456

 

Top 3 Individuals – Week 1

Stan Solo

110,989

For Patrick

98,580

Charlene Junkin

91,793

 

Please remember to send pics and tweets to @WellbeingQUB using the hashtag #LoveQUBStaff. So far we have raised over £1,300 for Disability Sport NI, if anyone still wishes to make a donation, please do so via Just Giving.

Mindset and Motivation (creating a positive mindset) Session: Wednesday 22 March 2017

The mindset session that will explode your imagination and what you thought was possible for you. You will go on a journey of self-discovery and mastery to achieve a life of true fulfilment, success and happiness.

Learn to identify cycles and habits of behaviours that are holding you back. Step by step guides to mastering your fears and creating new positive cycles to achieve your greatness. Awaken to new possibilities unique to you. Have the keys to success and how to being your passion to life and live each day to the fullest.

The positive techniques actively and deliberately create the life you want right now.

Staff Wellbeing have organised a Mindset and Motivation Session for staff Delivered by Kim from Dynamite Nutrition, Wednesday 22 March, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, location will be confirmed at registration.

Please note that this is the same session as last August, lunch will be provided.

REGISTER to attend the above event via Eventbrite.

National No Smoking Day – Wed 8 March 2017

Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your heart health. If you're a smoker, stopping smoking is the single most important step you can take to protect the health of your heart, BHF

For more information on quitting, please visit: NHS Smokefree.

The Pedometer Challenge – Monday 6 March - Friday 31 March 2017

The pedometer challenge is a four-week challenge coordinated by the Environmental and Staff Wellbeing teams to get you walking outdoors and it is a great team building activity. It’s a fun and easy way for you to improve your physical and mental wellbeing. It is also an opportunity to help the environment by improving your carbon footprint and ditching the car or bus and walking to work.
 
At the same time we will raise money for charity, all participants will pledge £3, which will be donated to the nominated local charity through a dedicated page.

To get the competition going, please send your pics and tweets to: @WellbeingQUB using #LoveQUBStaff

Find out how to register here.

 

Couch 2 5K Evening and Lunchtime Programmes

The overall aim of the Couch 2 5K programme is to provide opportunities to get active on campus. The programme represents a structured pathway to make walking, jogging and running accessible and fun through a 8 week programme. Please see the 2 links below to the Couch 2 5K programmes:

Queen's Couch 2 5K (Evening Programme) 07 Mar 2017 - 02 May 2017 | BT9 5EX | Free

Evening Programme and Registration: http://activeni.org/219

Queen's Couch 2 5K (Lunch Time Programme) 15 Mar 2017 - 10 May 2017 | BT9 5EX | Free

Lunch Time Programme and Registration: http://activeni.org/231

Back Care Drop in Session – 10 March 2017

Staff Wellbeing at Queen’s has teamed up with the Occupational Health and Safety Service and will be offering staff the opportunity to get help and advice on how to increase your comfort while working at your PC and make simple changes to address the poor postures that cause aches and pains.

Safety Officers Julie McConkey and Colin Richardson will be on hand on Friday 10 March in Lanyon 0G/074 (main campus, beside Student Plus) from 12.00pm to 2.00pm with example workstations and a range of ergonomic computer equipment. This is a drop in session so please call in for some advice on your computer workstation set-up and general back care in the office.

For more advice on Back Care: NHS Top Ten Back Care Tips

International Dance Group for Staff

Mayte Segura is a freelance dance teacher in Queen’s Sport and her husband Maarten Blaauw is a Lecturer at the School of Natural and Built Environment.  Mayte is from Mexico and Maarten is from Holland. Mayte is interested in developing an International Dance Group, incorporating dance from all around the world to include: Mexican, Latin American, Polish and Irish. This initiative will help integrate international staff and their families by interacting in a relaxed artistic atmosphere.

Staff Wellbeing in partnership with Queen’s Sport have agreed to promote these sessions for staff. The first class will be held in Queen’s Sport on Sunday 26 February 2017, 3.00 – 5.00 pm. Staffwill meet in Clements in the PEC at 3.00 pm and the class will start at 4.00 pm, the sessions are free of charge and registration is not needed.

Aware NI – Mood Matters

AWARE is the national depression charity for Northern Ireland - and the only charity working exclusively for people with depression and bipolar disorder. Mood Matters gives participants knowledge and skills which can be used to maintain or regain good mental health and build resilience to deal with life’s challenges.

The programme is based on cognitive behavioural concepts and introduces the ‘Five Areas Approach’ which participants use to challenge and change unhelpful thinking and behaviour in order to make a positive difference to their lives. It also features the ‘Take5 for Your Emotional Wellbeing’ which focuses on the five most evidenced ways of looking after our mental health i.e. Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give and teaches us how we can build these into our everyday lives.

In partnership with Staff Wellbeing, two Mood Matters sessions on Thursday 23 February and Tuesday 28 February 2017, 1.00pm – 2.00pm will be delivered by Patrick from Aware NI. Please register by clicking on the links below, the rooms will be confirmed after registration. Lunch will be provided at these sessions. Please only register for one session as they provide the same content:

Mood Matters 23 February Registration

Mood Matters 28 February Registration 

 


British Heart Foundation - Look after your heart Information Session

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the biggest independent funder of heart research in the UK.

The medical research charity is currently investing £3.1m in research at Queen’s University into a diverse range of research projects including repair of the heart after a heart attack, and the connection between gum disease and the risk of coronary heart disease.

Over the next five years the BHF aims to fund more than half a billion pounds' worth of research and is keen to increase its research funding at the University.

In partnership with Staff Wellbeing, a BHF Information Session Look after your Heart! on Wednesday 15 February, 1.00pm – 2.00pm will provide steps to look after your heart. BHF NI Cardiovascular Development Coordinator Craig Moore will discuss risk factors and how you can look after your own heart health. Please note that lunch will be provided.

Registration for this event is via Eventbrite, the room will be confirmed by email after registration.

Winter 2017 Physical Activity Programme

The 2017 Winter Activity programme, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, begins week commencing Monday 9 January 2017. The classes include:

Class

Date

Time

Location

Introduction to Dance

Monday 9 January

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Pilates

Tuesday 10 January

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Yoga

Wednesday 11 January

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Tone and Trim

Thursday 12 January

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Blast Tabata

Friday 13 January

1.15pm – 1.45pm

Queen’s Sport, Physical Education Centre

Who are the classes suitable for? All ages/genders and levels of fitness, if you want to find out more about any of the sessions in advance of registering please contact Reception at Queen’s Sport: sport@qub.ac.uk /028 9068 1126. 

Registration and Payment: Visit PEC reception, each 13 week course costs £27. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. These classes will run to w/c: 3 April 2017 inclusive. Please note - phone registration is no longer available as this has previously caused administrative errors.

Eat Well Feel Well Workshop

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is Europe’s largest professional body for nutrition professionals. BDA Work Ready shows how our food and drink choices can help us get the most out of our day and stay well longer term. This workshop is one of the tools which looks at nutrition and wellbeing in the workplace.

Jennifer McBratney is a Health & Wellbeing Dietician and she will be delivering the workshop for staff on Tuesday 17 January 2017 at 1.00 pm, room will be confirmed after registration, please register here to attend.

Campus ‘Santa’ Run

Campus ‘Santa’ Run on Wednesday 21 December 2016 @ 1.10pm at the PEC.  Runners and walkers of all levels welcome!  Don’t forget your santa hat!

Coffee afterwards in the PEC.

Queen's Wellbeing Wednesday Choir - End of Term Performance

Staff Wellbeing at Queen's launched Queen’s Wednesday Choir in September this year. The choir is the second staff choir set up to help promote physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.

The choir rehearse every Wednesday in the Music Building, School of Arts, English and Languages. They are led by Choirmaster Una McCann who takes them through uplifting songs from many genres including blues, pop, Americana, gospel and world music.

The First Live Performance of the Queen's Wednesday Choir will take place on Wednesday  14 December 2016 @ 1.15 pm. The event is open to friends and family of the choir members and staff.

All guests must register to attend via Eventbrite, please note that spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Each attendee is invited to make a minimum donation of £3 to our nominated charity, Queen’s University Foundation, towards MS research via Just Giving.

Dynamite Nutrition Sessions: December 2016 – February 2017

Following the successful Mindset and Motivation session back in August, Kim from Dynamite Nutrition is returning to the University offering a range of lunch-time bite-size sessions to staff, these include:

  • Stress/Relaxation Strategies – Thurs 8 Dec 2016 (register here)

  • Promoting Mental Health in the workplace and home – Thurs 5 Jan 2017 (register here)

  • Healthy Eating – Wed 18 Jan 2017 (register here)

  • Exercise and Promoting a Healthy Work-life Balance – Thurs 2 Feb 2017 (register here)

  • Time and Sleep Management Protocols for High Performance – Thurs 16 Feb (register here)

Learn to identify cycles and habits of behaviours that are holding you back. Step by step guides to mastering your fears and creating new positive cycles to achieve your greatness. Awaken to new possibilities unique to you. Have the keys to success and how to being your passion to life and live each day to the fullest.

The positive techniques actively and deliberately create the life you want right now.

Staff Wellbeing have organised these sessions for staff and they will be delivered by Dynamite Nutrition, locations TBC after registration.

Please note that lunch will be provided.

REGISTER to attend the above events by clicking on the links above.

 Staff Wellbeing Prostate Cancer Awareness Session – Wednesday 23 November 2016, 1.00 – 2.00 pm

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, affecting 1 in 9 men. The vast majority of men are now cured thanks to developments in research leading to better understanding and treatment of the disease. Prof Joe O’Sullivan, Professor of Radiation Oncology, QUB, and clinical director of Oncology at the Northern Ireland Cancer Centre will discuss the symptoms and signs of the disease and ways to reduce the chance of being diagnosed. Joe will describe the world leading prostate cancer research taking place at CCRCB as part of the Movember Centre of Excellence in Prostate Cancer Research as well as the cutting edge therapy being delivered at the Cancer Centre. Please note that lunch will be provided.

Registration: click on the Eventbrite Link to register, the room will be confirmed after registration.

Staff Wellbeing Health Checks, some appointments still available.

Staff Wellbeing are offering health checks for QUB staff throughout November and December. The comprehensive check lasts 40 minutes. Qualified nursing professionals have been engaged to carry out the health checks.

What will the check cover?
The check will give you a picture of your current health and highlight changes to your lifestyle, if needed. The checks cover the following areas:

  • Body composition - Measures given include body fat %, fat mass, muscle mass, body water %, basal metabolic rate, metabolic age, bone mineral mass and visceral fat indicator.

  • Cholesterol - Raised levels of blood cholesterol can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

  • Blood pressure - Untreated high blood pressure is a major risk factor for both Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke

  • Pulse - Irregular heartbeat can be a risk factor for Atrial Fibrillation, which increases stroke risk.

  • Lifestyle risk assessment - Smoking status, alcohol consumption and physical activity level.

  • What you will take away with you: Personal report and information – a personal report and results review will be provided, along with relevant health promotion material.

  • Follow up and signposting – measurements above normal thresholds will be followed up and the individual signposted to the relevant service.

Checks will be carried out in Lennoxvale at a significantly reduced cost of £5 per employee, please ring Occupational Health Department on 028 9097 5520 to arrange your appointment, only available to QUB staff.

Staff Wellbeing – Health Checks

Staff Wellbeing are offering health checks for QUB staff throughout November. The comprehensive check lasts 40 minutes. Qualified nursing professionals have been engaged to carry out the health checks.

What will the check cover?
The check will give you a picture of your current health and highlight changes to your lifestyle, if needed. The checks cover the following areas:

  • Body composition - Measures given include body fat %, fat mass, muscle mass, body water %, basal metabolic rate, metabolic age, bone mineral mass and visceral fat indicator.
  • Cholesterol - Raised levels of blood cholesterol can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Blood pressure - Untreated high blood pressure is a major risk factor for both Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke
  • Pulse - Irregular heartbeat can be a risk factor for Atrial Fibrillation, which increases stroke risk.
  • Lifestyle risk assessment - Smoking status, alcohol consumption and physical activity level.
  • What you will take away with you: Personal report and information – a personal report and results review will be provided, along with relevant health promotion material.
  • Follow up and signposting – measurements above normal thresholds will be followed up and the individual signposted to the relevant service.When are the checks?
    Checks will be carried out in Lennoxvale on the following dates:
  • 1, 2 and 3 November
  • 7, 8, 9 and 10 November
  • 14, 15, 16 and 17 November
  • 21, 22, 23 and 24 November
  • 28, 29 and 30 November

Is there a cost?
Typically the health checks cost £40 however we are able to offer a significantly reduced cost of £5 per employee.
Payment arrangements will be advised at time of booking.

How do I book?
Ring Occupational Health Department on 028 9097 5520 to arrange your appointment, only available to QUB staff.

Questions?
If you have any queries in relation to the checks email: wellbeing@qub.ac.uk


Mindfulness Session – Tuesday 15 November 2016, 1.00 – 2.00 pm

CATCH YOURSELF ON (CYO) is a business-oriented introduction to practical mindfulness that equips users with a toolkit of practical, stress reduction techniques. CYO equips people to better understand their thought patterns and processes. By learning how to identify and manage stress and other unhelpful emotions, employees find new focus and mental clarity. CYO’s highly interactive workshop is both grounded, and focused around the delivery of techniques that benefit the team and the individual. The lessons learned through CYO can be applied to all areas of life – not just at work. Please note that lunch will be provided.

Registration: click on the Eventbrite Link to register, the room will be confirmed by email after registration.

National Work Life Week, 3 – 7 October 2016 – Parenting NI Workshops

 
National Work-Life Week 2016 will take place from Monday 3rd – Friday 7th October. National Work Life Week is dedicated to highlighting the importance of achieving work-life balance. Queen’s recognises the changing demands of family life and several schemes and benefits are offered to help staff achieve balance with work and home life. In recognition of this commitment Queen's has been shortlisted for a third year as a finalist for the Employers for Childcare, Family Friendly Employers Awards 2016.

Visit the Staff Wellbeing website for full details on the Family Friendly and Work Life Balance initiatives including; Flexible Work Policy, Maternity, Adoptive, Paternity and Parental Leave Policies, Child Care Crèches, Childcare Voucher Scheme, Bereavement and Dependent Leave, and Career Break Scheme.

In order to celebrate National Work Life Week we are running a series of events for working parents. The sessions will be delivered by Parenting NI  a leading organisation, which has been supporting parents in Northern Ireland since 1979. 

Parenting Workshops

1.       Healthy Lifestyles Workshop, Tuesday 27 September 2016, 1.00 to 2.00pm register here

2.       Work-Life Balance Workshop, Tuesday 4 October 2016, 1.00 to 2.00pm register here

3.       Understanding your Teen Workshop, Tuesday 11 October 2016, 1.00 to 2.00pm register here

4.       Assertiveness Workshop, Tuesday 18 October 2016, 1.00 to 2.00pm register here

Registration: click on the registration link beside the workshop you wish to attend, you will need to register for each workshop separately. Rooms will be confirmed by email after registration. Lunch will be provided at each session for all attendees.


Kith & Kin Financial Wellbeing Presentation

Kith & Kin are a Community Interest Company based in Belfast providing Financial Wellbeing to the Community/Employees. They are visiting the University on Tuesday 20 September 2016 to provide staff with access to Financial Advice, please register by emailing: Wellbeing@qub.ac.uk with Kith and Kin in the Subject Header. Lunch will be provided.


 

Autumn Physical Activity Programme

The 2016 Summer Activity programme, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, begins week commencing Monday 26 September 2016. The classes include:

Class

Date

Time

Location

Introduction to Dance

Monday 26 September

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Pilates

Tuesday 27 September

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Yoga

Wednesday 28 September

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Tone and Trim

Thursday 29 September

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Blast Tabata

Friday 30 September

1.15pm – 1.45pm

Queen’s Sport, Physical Education Centre

Who are the classes suitable for? All ages/genders and levels of fitness, if you want to find out more about any of the sessions in advance of registering please contact Reception at Queen’s Sport: sport@qub.ac.uk /028 9068 1126. 

Registration and Payment: Visit PEC reception, each 12 week course costs £25. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. These classes will run to w/c: 12 December 2016 inclusive. Please note - phone registration is no longer available as this has previously caused administrative errors.

 

Launch of the New Queen’s Wellbeing Choir

Earlier this year a Choir was added to the schedule of Staff Wellbeing activities. Over 12 weeks the Choir rehearsed, one lunchtime per week, leading to a final performance in the Great Hall in front of colleagues, family and friends.

You can view one of the performances here. This initiative was so successful that we are going to launch it again in September for a new group of staff.

Choir Benefits

Singing in a choir has physical, emotional and psychological benefits and these are particularly enhanced when singing as a group, you can read more about the benefits here.

“I loved being part of Queen’s Wellbeing Choir I really enjoyed it and noticed a visible improvement in my mood and general feeling of wellbeing after attending the rehearsals. My colleagues commented on the improvement in my mood and they really enjoyed the end of term performance” (member of the first Queen’s Wellbeing Choir)

About the Choir

The choir leader, Una McCann, will take members through uplifting songs from many genres including blues, pop, Americana, gospel and world music. Read more about Una below.

The Choir is open to all staff with the exception of those who have already participated in this wellbeing initiative.

No prior experience of singing or reading music is necessary as all songs will be taught by ear.

Rehearsals and Performance

The Choir will meet on Wednesday 7 September and each Wednesday from 1.10 to 1.50pm until the 14 December 2016 when there will be a lunchtime performance to colleagues, family and friends. Attendees at the performance will be encouraged to make a small donation to a selected charity. Further details will be available closer to the time.

Register Your Interest

Register your interest, using your Queen’s email address via Eventbrite. You will need to quote the password Wellbeing. Please note this process is only to register your interest. You will receive an email from wellbeing@qub.ac.uk  by 31 August 2016 confirming whether or not you have secured a place on the Choir.

More about the choir director

Una McCann has a BA in Music and Ethnomusicology from Queen’s and a PGCE from Bathspa University.  She has sung with vocal harmony groups all around the UK and has sung and performed as far afield as Indonesia and Brazil. Una has been Musical Director of Antrim Community Choir for nearly 3 years and co-directs children’s choirs as part of Junior Academy of Music at Queens. Here are some videos of Una in action with Antrim Community Choir.

Mindset and Motivation (creating a positive mindset) Session: Tuesday 23 August 2016

The mindset course that will explode your imagination and what you thought was possible for you. You will go on a journey of self-discovery and mastery to achieve a life of true fulfilment, success and happiness.

Learn to identify cycles and habits of behaviours that are holding you back. Step by step guides to mastering your fears and creating new positive cycles to achieve your greatness. Awaken to new possibilities unique to you. Have the keys to success and how to being your passion to life and live each day to the fullest.

The positive techniques actively and deliberately create the life you want right now.

Staff Wellbeing have organised a Mindsetand Motivation Session for staff– Delivered by Dynamite Nutrition, Tuesday 23 August, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, location TBC

Please note that lunch will be provided.

REGISTER to attend the above event by emailing wellbeing@qub.ac.uk including “Mindset and Motivation” in the subject line.


 

Campus Run

Get active at work and join in with the Campus Run/Jog/Walk which begins outside the PEC at 1.15pm every Wednesday through Botanic Gardens. Regular runners will be on hand to help you get started providing advice and motivation. Suitable for all fitness levels. Registration not required.

Additionally, there is the weekly Queen's Parkrun at our Queen’s Sport site at Upper Malone. This is a free 5K timed run every Saturday at 9.30am and is open to everyone. Register online here.

    

    

 

Summer Physical Activity Programme

The 2016 Summer Activity programme, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, begins week commencing Monday 18 July 2016. The classes include:

Class

Date

Time

Location

Introduction to Dance

Monday 18 July

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Pilates

Tuesday 19 July

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Yoga

Wednesday 20 July

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Tone and Trim

Thursday 21 July

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Blast Tabata

Friday 22 July

1.15pm – 1.45pm

Queen’s Sport, Physical Education Centre

Who are the classes suitable for? All ages/genders and levels of fitness, if you want to find out more about any of the sessions in advance of registering please contact Reception at Queen’s Sport: sport@qub.ac.uk /028 9068 1126. 

Registration and Payment: Visit PEC reception, each 10 week course costs £20. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Carers NI Information Session

There are almost seven million carers in the UK – that is one in ten people. This figure is rising. Carers NI is an organisation that aims to make life better for carers. A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. Each carer’s experience is unique to their own circumstances.

As part of Carers of UK, Carers NI does the following:

·         gives expert advice, information and support

·         connects carers so no-one has to care alone

·         campaigns together for lasting change

·         innovates to find new ways to reach and support carers

Staff Wellbeing have organised an information session, see details below, which will be delivered by Carers NI to provide those staff at Queen’s with caring responsibilities information, support and advice, including; links to local support networks, information on carers' benefits, community care and services for carers.

Carers Information Session – Delivered by Carers NI, Thursday 7 July, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, location TBC

Please note that lunch will be provided.

REGISTER to attend the above event by emailing wellbeing@qub.ac.uk including “Carers NI” in the subject line.

Winter 2017 Physical Activity Programme

The 2017 Winter Activity programme, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, begins week commencing Monday 9 January 2017. The classes include:

Class

Date

Time

Location

Introduction to Dance

Monday 9 January

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Pilates

Tuesday 10 January

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Yoga

Wednesday 11 January

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Tone and Trim

Thursday 12 January

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Blast Tabata

Friday 13 January

1.15pm – 1.45pm

Queen’s Sport, Physical Education Centre

Who are the classes suitable for? All ages/genders and levels of fitness, if you want to find out more about any of the sessions in advance of registering please contact Reception at Queen’s Sport: sport@qub.ac.uk /028 9068 1126. 

Registration and Payment: Visit PEC reception, each 13 week course costs £27. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. These classes will run to w/c: 3 April 2017 inclusive. Please note - phone registration is no longer available as this has previously caused administrative errors.

Get Active at Lunchtime and Take a Summer Walking Tour

Queen’s University comprises of a rich and diverse 100 acre estate and has a responsibility to ensure it does all it can to protect and enhance biodiversity. Protecting our biodiversity is of vital importance; it provides an essential resource to us as a result of its aesthetic, economic and recreational values. Biodiversity plays a crucial role in our health and wellbeing therefore it is important that we strive to give it the protection it deserves.

Tour of Botanic Gardens, Mon 4 July and Wed 17 Aug, 1.00pm – 2.00pm (packed lunch provided)

Queen’s is very lucky to have Botanic Gardens, which boosts a wide variety of biodiversity as well as being home to the Palm House and the Tropical Ravine, on its’ doorstep. Established in 1828, the gardens have been enjoyed as a public park by the people of Belfast since 1895.

Tour of Friar’s Bush Graveyard, Tues 5 July and Thurs 18 Aug, 1.00pm – 2.00pm (packed lunch provided)

Friar’s Bush Graveyard (Stranmillis Road) is thought to be Belfast’s oldest Christian burial ground, possibly dating back to pre-Christian times. It also contains the mass grave of hundreds of victims of Belfast’s cholera epidemics. Although burials no longer take place in the cemetery, it is a recognised historical site. Two dates have been arranged this year due to the popularity of last year's tour.

Register to attend by email wellbeing@qub.ac.uk with the title of the tour and the date you wish to attend.

Care in the Sun Information Session: Tuesday 21 June 

Staff Wellbeing have organised a Care in the Sun Information Session to give staff helpful information on how you and your family can keep safe in the sun.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Northern Ireland. Specifically, rates of malignant melanoma (one of the most aggressive forms of skin cancer) is steadily increasing in Northern Ireland. Research carried out by Cancer Focus shows that 8 out of 10 people do not apply sunscreen at home unless they are ‘actively’ sunbathing. You don’t need to be sunbathing to get skin cancer; it’s over-exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) which can cause serious damage over time. It’s important for everyone to avoid getting sunburned, particularly children.

The session, which will be delivered by Cancer Focus and Dr Gerry Gormley from the Centre of Medical Education, will take place on Tuesday 21 June, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, location TBC.

Lunch will be provided.

Register to attend by emailing wellbeing@qub.ac.uk with “Care in the Sun” in the subject line.

Queen’s Friday Choir: End of Term Performance

Launched by Staff Wellbeing at Queen's in February 2016 to help promote physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing, Queen’s Friday Choir gave an end of term performance on Friday 20 May 2016 in the Great Hall. The event was attended by staff, as well as the friends and family of choir members.

Thanks to everyone who attended the event and made charity donations to Queen's University Foundation – we raised a total of £469 in support of cancer research at CCRCB.

 

Pedometer Challenge - The Results

Well done to all those who took part in the 2016 Pedometer Challenge. Walking increases our physical activity and reduces our chances of suffering from major health problems, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Walking, as an alternative mode of transport, can also have significant positive environmental benefits.

The Benefits

During the four week challenge participants walked over 126 millions steps which translates into a potential saving of 17 tonnes of carbon emissions (when compared to average missions per mile by car). Participants also raised over £1,100 for the nominated charity, the MS Society.

The Winners

Congratulations to Team PSSS, the team led by Professor Stan Scott, who won the challenge for a second year running and to Helen Byers the first winner of the indvidual challenge.

Professor James McElnay, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research, Enterprise and Postgraduate Affairs announced the results at a ceremony in the Great Hall on 24 May 2016. See a full details on the benefits of the scheme and the winners in the award ceremony presentation here. A full list of the final steps walked by all teams and individuals is available here.

Thanks to all who participated in the 2016 challenge.

Mental Health Awareness Week - 16 - 20 May

According to research 1 in 4 people in Northern Ireland will experience a mental health problem in any one year such as anxiety or depression. Every May there is a dedicated week to help raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues. This year Mental Health Awareness week runs from the 16 – 20 May.

Scientific evidence suggests there are five steps which are very simple that we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.

  1. Connect
  2. Take notice
  3. Get active
  4. Keep learning
  5. Give to others

Throughout Mental Health Awareness Week, 16 - 20 May, Wellbeing at Queen’s will run a number of events demonstrating how easy the five steps to mental wellbeing are to take and offering staff the opportunity to try out the steps. Each day during the week is dedicated to one of the five steps to mental wellbeing and we would encourage all staff to get involved. Even if you are not able to attend one of the organised events take some time to read the tips on how to implement the steps in your own time.

 

Date and Topic

Event(s) and ideas

Monday 16 May


CONNECT - connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.

 
More tips...

There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.  It’s clear that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages.

With this in mind, try to do something different today at work and make a connection.

  • Make the effort to phone people sometimes – it's all too easy get into the habit of only ever texting, messaging or emailing people.
  • Speak to someone new today.
  • Have lunch with a colleague.
  • Volunteer, find out what opportunities are available to Queen’s staff here.
  • Register to attend a half day Improving Personal Resilience course through iTrent

Tuesday 17 May

TAKE NOTICE – be more aware of the present moment.


More tips...

 

Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. Here are a few ideas:

  • Get a plant for your workspace
  • Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day
  • Take notice of how your colleagues are feeling or acting
  • Take a different route on your journey to or from work
  • Visit a new place for lunch, take a tour of Botanic Gardens, see below:

EVENT: Tour of Botanic Gardens, Tuesday 17 May, 1.00pm – 2.00pm (packed lunch provided) Queen’s is very lucky to have Botanic Gardens, which boosts a wide variety of biodiversity on its’ doorstep. Established in 1828, the gardens have been enjoyed as a public park by the people of Belfast since 1895. Register to attend by email wellbeing@qub.ac.uk

What are the benefits of biodiversity? Queen’s University comprises of a rich and diverse 100 acre estate and has a responsibility to ensure it does all it can to protect and enhance biodiversity. Protecting our biodiversity is of vital importance; it provides an essential resource to us as a result of its aesthetic, economic and recreational values. Biodiversity plays a crucial role in our health and wellbeing therefore it is important that we strive to give it the protection it deserves.

Wednesday 18 May

 

GET ACTIVE - find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.

 

More tips...

 

Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting well-being.

But it doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good - slower-paced activities, such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well providing some level of exercise.

Today, why not get physical? Here are a few ideas:

  • Take the stairs not the lift
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime
  • Walk into work - perhaps with a colleague – so you can ‘connect’ as well
  • Get off the bus one stop earlier than usual and walk the final part of your journey to work
  • Walk to someone’s desk instead of calling or emailing.
  • Get involved in a work sporting activity, see what’s available at work below…

Get active at work and join in with the Campus Run/Jog/Walk which begins outside the PEC at 1.15pm every Wednesday through Botanic Gardens. Instructors will be on hand to help you get started providing advice and motivation. Registration not required.

Additionally, there is the weekly Queen's Parkrun at our Queen’s Sport site at Upper Malone. This is a free 5K timed run every Saturday at 9.30am and is open to everyone. Register online here.

Sign up for one of our physical activity classes; yoga, Pilates, Tone and Trim. The next 8 week programme starts in September 2016. Keep an eye out for details on Staff Wellbeing website, on twitter @wellbeingQUB and in the weekly Round Up.

All events are open to everyone regardless of fitness levels.

Thursday 19 May


LEARN - learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement.

For more tips on how you can learn click here

Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. The practice of setting goals, which is related to adult learning in particular, has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.

Why not learn something new today? Here are a few more ideas:

  • Find out something about your colleagues
  • Read the news or a book
  • Set up a book club
  • Do a crossword or Sudoku
  • Research something you’ve always wondered about
  • Learn a new word
  • Sign up for a class, see what’s available at Queen’s through Open Learning

Find out what short courses are available through the University's Open Learning Programme. The courses range from Spanish to Wine Tasting, Creative Writing to Travel, and World Literature to Visual Arts and are offered during the day, evenings and the weekends and are a great opportunity to learn something new. Concessionary rates are available for many classes and are available to Queen’s staff. Find out what classes are available and how to book here.

EVENT: Find out about Positive Mental Health, attend the Lunch and Learn session with Aware NI on Thursday 19 May from 1.00pm to 2.00pm. Register to attend by email wellbeing@qub.ac.uk

Friday 20 May

 

GIVE - even the smallest act can count whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word.

 

More tips...

Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness – small and large – are associated with positive mental wellbeing. Giving to others and co-operating with them can stimulate the reward areas in the brain, creating positive feelings. Helping and working with others can also give us a sense of purpose and feelings of self-worth. Giving our time to others in a constructive way helps us strengthen our relationships and build new ones. Relationships with others also help mental wellbeing.

Get involved... Sign up to attend the Queen’s Friday Choir end of term performance on Friday 20 May.

Queen’s Friday Choir, ‌launched by Staff Wellbeing at Queen's in February 2016 to help promote physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing, will give an end of term performance on Friday 20 May 2016 at 1.15pm in the Great Hall. The event is open to all staff, as well as to the friends and family of choir members. It will last approximately 30 minutes and tea and coffee will be provided after the performance.

Register to attend via Eventbrite.

Each attendee is invited to make a minimum donation of £2 to our nominated charity, Queen’s University Foundation, with funds going to important bowel cancer research carried out in the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) who develop pioneering cancer treatments and advances in patient care.

Staff will have free access to Queen's Sport from 6.30am to 3.30pm during Mental Health Awareness Week.

This includes access to the classes on the Activity Programme, all fitness areas, swimming, climbing and racquet sports. To access the gym you will need to present your Staff Card. To attend a class on the Activity Programme book through Queen's Sport Reception (tel: 028 9068 1126 or email sport@qub.ac.uk) quoting your staff number.

Further Resources Supporting Mental Health

Pedometer Scores  - Week 3

It’s the last week of the pedometer challenge - good luck to all the participants in the final week.

Did you know that we sit for 8.9 hours a day on average? However the good news is that getting up and walking increases our physical activity and reduces our chances of suffering from major health problems. Research has found that 40% of individuals with cardiovascular disease, diabetes or cancer failed to achieve minimum physical activity recommendations, see the NHS website for more details.

The top ten teams that walked the most steps in week 3 are:

Team Name

Week 3 Total Steps

PSSS

781,641

The Walking Dead (T McCrory)

723,672

The Dirty Half Dozen

670,008

Cirque du Sore Legs

668,590

Motionally Challenged

649,524

The A Team (Security)

645,542

Steps McSteppyface

616,918

Your Pace or Mine (J Grieve)

580,455

Never Admit De Feet

575,055

Oral Surgery

558,746

 The top three individual walkers in week 3 are:

Your Name

Week 3 Step Count

Helen Byers

163,466

Eamon O'Callaghan

125,141

Helen Behzadafshar

124,707

Find out the total scores here.

The pedometer challenge is off to a great start this year with 88 teams and 28 individuals registered to participate. To date the teams have walked over 55 million steps, approximately 42,000 kilometres, the equivalent of walking around the equator.

Top Ten Teams (Week 2):

Team Name Week 2 Total Steps
PSSS 806,635
The Walking Dead (T McCrory) 680,906
Never Admit De Feet 670,384
The Dirty Half Dozen 651,172
Cirque du Sore Legs 635,683
Team Marine Lab 612,622
Steps McSteppyface 601,224
The A Team (Security) 573,043
The Ashby Amblers 562,427
Gait Watchers 553,445

The top three individuals are as follows:

Walker Week 2 Total Steps
Angelina Madden 137,854
Helen Behzadafshar 108745
In Cognito 107390

The full results are available here.

The Challenge - Monday 11 April and ends at 3pm on Friday 6 May 2016

The pedometer challenge is a four-week challenge coordinated by the Environmental and Staff Wellbeing teams to get you walking outdoors and it is a great team building activity. It’s a fun and easy way for you to improve your physical and mental wellbeing. It is also an opportunity to help the environment by improving your carbon footprint and ditching the car or bus and walking to work.
 
At the same time we will raise money for charity, all participants will pledge £2, which will be donated to the nominated local charity, MS Society through a dedicated Just Giving page.

Find out how to register here

Staff and Student Health Fair, 14 April, 10.30 - 3.30pm, The Great Hall

A Health Fair has been organised by Staff Wellbeing and the Patient Client Council for staff and students on 14 April, in the Great Hall, from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

The following organisations will be attending the fair; Cancer Focus, RNIB, Alzheimer’s Society, Diabetes UK, Queens Sport, Employers for Childcare, Carers NI, CAUSE, Action on Hearing Loss, British Heart Foundation and Chest Heart & Stroke and more.

Staff and students are invited to attend the fair where they can avail of a range of health checks including; blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol levels, information and receive advice on various areas of physical and mental health.

No need to register - just come along.

Spring Physical Activity Programme

The 2016 Spring Activity programme, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, begins week commencing Monday 11 April 2016. The classes include:

Class

Date

Time

Location

Introduction to Dance

Monday 11 April

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Pilates

Tuesday 12 April

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Yoga

Wednesday 13 April

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Tone and Trim

Thursday 14 April

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Blast Tabata

Friday 15 April

1.15pm – 1.45pm

Queen’s Sport, Physical Education Centre

Who are the classes suitable for? All ages/genders and levels of fitness, if you want to find out more about any of the sessions in advance of registering please contact Reception at Queen’s Sport: sport@qub.ac.uk /028 9068 1126. 

Registration and Payment: Visit PEC reception, each 12 week course costs £25. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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Staff Wellbeing – Health Checks

Staff Wellbeing are offering health checks for staff throughout March. The comprehensive check lasts 30 minutes. Qualified nursing professionals have been engaged to carry out the health checks.

What will the check cover?
The check will give you a picture of your current health and highlight changes to your lifestyle, if needed. The checks cover the following areas:

  • Body composition - Measures given include body fat %, fat mass, muscle mass, body water %, basal metabolic rate, metabolic age, bone mineral mass and visceral fat indicator.
  • Cholesterol - Raised levels of blood cholesterol can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Blood pressure - Untreated high blood pressure is a major risk factor for both Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke
  • Pulse - Irregular heartbeat can be a risk factor for Atrial Fibrillation, which increases stroke risk.
  • Lifestyle risk assessment - Smoking status, alcohol consumption and physical activity level.
  • What you will take away with you: Personal report and information – a personal report and results review will be provided, along with relevant health promotion material.
  • Follow up and signposting – measurements above normal thresholds will be followed up and the individual signposted to the relevant service.

When are the checks?
Checks will be carried out on the following dates and locations

  • 2 to 4 March, Lennoxvale

  • 14 to 16 March, Lennoxvale

  • 18 March, MBC *

  • 21 and 22 March, MBC *       

  • 23 and 24 March, Lennoxvale

* Priority for these sessions will be given to staff located in and around the MBC

Is there a cost?
Typically the health checks cost £40 however we are able to offer a significantly reduced cost of £5 per employee.
Payment arrangements will be advised at time of booking.

How do I book?
Ring Occupational Health Department on 028 9097 5520 to arrange your appointment.

Questions?
If you have any queries in relation to the checks email wellbeing@qub.ac.uk

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Staff Wellbeing launches Queen’s Friday Choir

What is it? You don’t need to look far to find out about the physical, emotional and psychological benefits of singing and particularly group singing, read more here. Now, you don’t need to look far to find a singing group. Queen’s Friday Choir starts on Friday 19 February at 1.10pm in the Harty Room, Music Building, School of Creative Arts.

This is a fantastic opportunity to come and have some fun singing with musician and choir leader Una McCann who will take you through uplifting songs from many genres including blues, pop, Americana, gospel and world music.

When is it? The Choir will meet on Friday 19 February and each Friday* from 1.10 to 1.50pm until the 20 May when they will perform in the Great Hall to staff and family and friends. Attendees at the performance will be encouraged to make a small donation to a selected charity.

Who can get involved? Everyone - no prior experience of singing or reading music is necessary as all songs will be taught by ear. All you need is the desire to sing.

How do I get involved? Register to join the choir by email wellbeing@qub.ac.uk including Queen’s Friday Choir in the subject line.

Who will lead the choir? Una McCann has a BA in Music and Ethnomusicology from Queen’s and a PGCE from Bathspa University.  She has sung with vocal harmony groups all around the UK and has sung and performed as far afield as Indonesia and Brazil. Una has been Musical Director of Antrim Community Choir for nearly 3 years and co-directs children’s choirs as part of Junior Academy of Music at Queens. Here are some videos of Una in action with Antrim Community Choir:

Antrim Community Choir Performs at Hillsborough

Antrim Community Choir says….."Una takes a group of amateurs, most of whom have no training, and turns us into a harmonious whole, more to our surprise than hers it seems! Before we know it, we are singing a new song in as many as five parts… Choir practices are such fun we don’t realise how hard we’ve worked – most of us don’t want to go home."

 * The choir will not meet during the Easter break on 22 and 29 March

New Year! New Initiatives

The 2016 Staff Wellbeing schedule of events and activities will be launched next week. There are a range of events planned to support your health and wellbeing throughout the year. Events include some of the most popular events from previous years, parenting classes, physical activity classes, pedometer challenge, health checks and walking tours, we will also introduce some new activities, such as, dance classes for wellbeing. The full schedule will be published on the Staff Wellbeing website next week.

£ for lb Weight Loss Challenge - improve your health, lose weight and raise money for charity

To get us kick started for the New Year we are launching the £ for lb weight loss challenge. Last year over 90 participants lost 626 lbs and raised nearly £2,000 for charity. The aim is for participants to lose between 12-24 lbs in 12 weeks with support and advice from Challenge Champions. Participants are asked to donate £1 for every lb lost to our chosen local charity, Cancer Focus.

The programme starts on Monday 25 January 2016 with 12 weekly weigh-ins facilitated by Challenge Champions.

Register your interest - email wellbeing@qub.ac.uk  with “£ for lb participant” in the subject. You should include your name and the location of your workplace. Please note that participants must have a BMI of 25 or over. Your local Champion will measure your BMI to confirm your eligibility.

Winter Physical Activity Programme

The 2016 Winter Activity programme, organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, begins week commencing Monday 25 January 2016. The classes include:

Class

Date

Time

Location

Introduction to Dance *

Monday 25 January

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Pilates

Tuesday 26 January

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Yoga

Wednesday 27 January

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Tone and Trim

Thursday 28 January

1.10pm to 1.50pm

On Campus

Blast Tabata

Friday 29 January

1.15pm – 1.45pm

Queen’s Sport, Physical Education Centre

* register for a free dance taster on Monday 18 January by email wellbeing@qub.ac.uk

Who are the classes suitable for? All ages/genders and levels of fitness, if you want to find out more about any of the sessions in advance of registering please contact Reception at Queen’s Sport: sport@qub.ac.uk /028 9068 1126.

Registration and Payment: Visit PEC reception, each 8 week course costs £20. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

New Staff Membership Offer, Queen’s Sport, Offer Ends Friday 12 February 2016

Why not start your new year with a visit to Queen’s Sport, they are offering you and a friend ONE free session in the gym, swimming pool or a class of your choice.  Claim your free trial by bringing your staff card to Queen’s Sport reception.

If you sign up for a staff membership you will get a free Queen’s Sport training t-shirt, while stocks last.

For more information about staff memberships please click here. And if you would like to speak to a member of staff about this offer or about membership of Queen’s Sport contact: 02890 387684/5 or email: memberships@qub.ac.uk

 £ for lb 12 week challenge is returning in January 2016.  Do you have what it takes to be a Champion?

 

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Obesity is one of the most important public health challenges facing Northern Ireland. It has been estimated that obesity and weight related disease costs the Northern Ireland economy £1million per day and the latest NI Health Survey stats show that around three in five adults in Northern Ireland are either overweight or obese.  £ for lb 12 week challenge helps participants to develop healthier eating habits, be more active and get on track to lose weight.

The Challenge: Queen's is one of over 30 organisations across Northern Ireland taking part in the 2016 £ for lb 12 Week Challenge. The aim is for participants is to lose between 12-24 lbs in 12 weeks between January and April 2016. In doing so, employees will kick-start lifestyle improvements that will improve long-term health and wellbeing through healthy nutrition and regular exercise. The 12 weeks start with the first weigh-ins in January, finishing with a celebration event in May. Prizes including one for the "biggest loser" are awarded to those organisations who keep the most participants engaged and those who have the greatest number of people losing 12 lbs.

Challenge Champions: As a Champion you will provide the support, guidance and motivation participants need; holding weekly weigh-in sessions for those who take part. Full training is provided for the role.  As the participants lose lbs, £s will be raised for our chosen charity. Last year Queen’s staff lost 626 lbs and raised an incredible £1,485 for Cancer Focus NI.

Further Details: If you have any queries about the challenge or want to lead a group of staff on their weight loss journey as a Champion helping make Queen’s 2016’s “biggest loser” please contact Clare at Ext 1125 or clare.carson@qub.ac.uk on or before Friday 11 December 2015.

Alcohol and Drug Awareness Session, Wednesday 25 November 2015

This is an awareness raising  session identifying:

The effects and impact of alcohol and of  mixing alcohol with other substances.

  • Support Services
  • Reducing Risk by calculating units  and  safe driving limits.

This is not an anti- alcohol  campaign but a fun, practical information session which will provide information to enhance health and wellbeing.

Event details: Wednesday 25 November 2015 from 1.00 – 2.00pm, location TBC, lunch will be provided for all attendees

Register to attend by email wellbeing@qub.ac.uk

Queen’s University Belfast Winner of Organisation of the Year for Family Friendly Employer Awards 2015

Queen’s University Belfast was announced as the winner of the Public Sector Organisation of the Year at the Family Friendly Employer Awards 2015 in Belfast City Hall on 8 October 2015.

The Family Friendly Employer Awards recognise organisations that promote family friendly working practices. Initiatives such as flexible working, Childcare Vouchers and other employee benefits make it easier for parents to balance their home and work life.

A forward-thinking organisation, the judges felt that Queen’s University is innovative in their approach to family friendly practices. Queen’s were one of the only entries to use social media to promote and implement their abundance of family friendly policies, including the provision of crèche facilities for their employees. Queen’s have demonstrated dedication to staff through the introduction of a new website for international staff members; helping signpost them to find new homes and schools. They demonstrated evidence of thinking ahead to see what else they can provide to help maintain a satisfied workforce.

The judges felt that Queen’s tick every box and is a model of good practice.

To find out more about the awards visit www.employersforchildcare.org

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Information Session

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. Around 55,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. The biggest risk factors for developing breast cancer are getting older, being female and, for a few, having a significant family history of the diseaseand in rare cases men can get the disease. Just over 80% of breast cancers occur in women who are over the age of 50. Early detection, increased knowledge and understanding of the biology of breast cancer and better treatments mean that survival rates are improving. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Monthand Staff Wellbeing have organised a breast cancer awareness information sessionfor staff.  

Event Details: Breast Cancer Awareness Information Session, delivered by Cancer Focus, Wednesday 21 October, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, location TBC, lunch will be provided.

Register to attend by email wellbeing@qub.ac.uk including “Breast Cancer Awareness” in the subject line.

Support for Carers

There are almost seven million carers in the UK  – that is one in ten people and this figure is rising. A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. Each carer’s experience is unique to their own circumstances.

The University is committed to supporting staff health and wellbeing and this includes providing work life balance support for staff with caring responsibilities. There are a number of policies and initiatives are in place to provide support for carers in the workplace full details of which are available on the Staff Wellbeing website.

The University has also set up its own Carers Network and the first meeting of this group will take place at lunchtime on 6 October 2015. The purpose of the network is to provide working carers with the opportunity to come together and share experiences, discuss issues, ask questions and arrange informal catch ups. A representative from Carers NI will attend the first meeting of the network to provide support in getting the group off the ground. If you are interested in joining this network please email wellbeing@qub.ac.uk if you haven’t already registered your interest.

National Work Life Week, 21st - Friday 25th September – Working Parent Events and Physical Activity Programmes

National Work Life Week is dedicated to highlighting the importance of achieving work-life balance. Queen’s recognises the changing demands of family life and several schemes and benefits are offered to help staff achieve balance with work and home life. In recognition of this commitment Queen's has been shortlisted for a second year as a finalist for the Employers for Childcare, Family Friendly Employers Awards 2015.

Visit the Staff Wellbeing website for full details on the Family Friendly and Work Life Balance initiatives including; Flexible Work Policy, Maternity, Adoptive, Paternity and Parental Leave Policies, Child Care Crèches, Childcare Voucher Scheme, Bereavement and Dependent Leave, and Career Break Scheme.

In order to celebrate National Work Life Week we are running a series of events for working parents. The sessions will be delivered by Parenting NI  a leading organisation, which has been supporting parents in Northern Ireland since 1979.  The new autumn physical activity programme will also be launched this week providing staff with the opportunity to attend Yoga, Pilates and Tabata classes during the working day. Spaces are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment.

Parenting Workshops

1.       Effective Parenting Workshop, Tuesday 22 September 2015, 1.00 to 2.00pm

Overview: This session will explore how parenting styles affect the behaviours and outcomes for children including the authoritative parenting style which research has shown to be most effective.

2.       Stress Management Workshop, Tuesday 29 September 2015, 1.00 to 2.00pm

Overview: This session will explore how stress can impact on both parents and children and positive coping strategies for managing stressful situations.

3.       Helping with Homework Workshop, Tuesday 6 October 2015, 1.00 to 2.00pm

Overview: This session has been developed to help parents support and encourage their child with homework. The session examines the principles involved in making homework less stressful for all.

Registration: send an email to wellbeing@qub.ac.uk including the title and the date of the session that you wish to attend in the subject line. Lunch will be provided at each session for all attendees.

Autumn Physical Activity Programme

Organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, the Autumn Activity Programme for staff will begin week commencing Monday 21 September 2015:

  1. Pilates, commencing on Tuesday 22 September
  2. Yoga, commencing on Wednesday 23 September
  3. Tone and Trim, commencing on Thursday 24 September

The above classes will be held on the main campus (location tbc) and will run from 1.10pm to 1.50pm.

  1. Blast Tabata starts on Monday 21 September and runs from 1.15pm – 1.45pm. This class is held in Studio 1 in the PEC and is a fun dynamic 30-minute workout designed to tone, sculpt and incinerate fat from all areas of the body using high-intensity intervals coupled with short recovery periods.

Who are the classes suitable for? The above classes are suitable for all ages/genders and levels of fitness, if you want to find out more about any of the sessions in advance of registering please contact Reception at Queen’s Sport: sport@qub.ac.uk /028 9068 1126.

Cost: All of the above courses will run for twelve weeks (no classes w/c: 26 October) at a cost of £26.

Registration: Register and pay at the PEC reception, please note places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

 

Get Active at Lunchtime and Take a Walking Tour

Tour of Friar’s Bush Graveyard, 5 August and 19 August, 1.00pm – 2.00pm (packed lunch provided)

Friar’s Bush Graveyard (Stranmillis Road) is thought to be Belfast’s oldest Christian burial ground, possibly dating back to pre-Christian times. It also contains the mass grave of hundreds of victims of Belfast’s cholera epidemics. Although burials no longer take place in the cemetery, it is a recognised historical site. Two dates have been arranged this year due to the popularity of last year's tour.

Tour of Botanic Gardens, 12 August 2014, 1.00pm – 2.00pm (packed lunch provided)

Queen’s is very lucky to have Botanic Gardens, which boosts a wide variety of biodiversity as well as being home to the Palm House and the Tropical Ravine, on its’ doorstep. Established in 1828, the gardens have been enjoyed as a public park by the people of Belfast since 1895.

Register to attend by email wellbeing@qub.ac.uk

What is biodiversity? Biodiversity describes the whole variety of life on Earth including human life, and incorporates all species of plants and animals. To find out more about Biodiversity in NI please see www.biodiversityni.com.gridhosted.co.uk/

What are the benefits of biodiversity? Queen’s University comprises of a rich and diverse 100 acre estate and has a responsibility to ensure it does all it can to protect and enhance biodiversity. Protecting our biodiversity is of vital importance; it provides an essential resource to us as a result of its aesthetic, economic and recreational values. Biodiversity plays a crucial role in our health and wellbeing therefore it is important that we strive to give it the protection it deserves.

Staff Wellbeing - Carers Network at Queen’s

There are almost seven million carers in the UK  – that is one in ten people. A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. Each carer’s experience is unique to their own circumstances.

During national Carers Week, 8-14 June, Staff Wellbeing ran an event delivered by Carers NI to provide those staff at Queen’s with caring responsibilities information. Following the event some colleagues expressed an interest in in setting up a Carers Network at Queen’s. The purpose of the network would be to provides working carers with the opportunity to come together and share experiences, discuss issues, ask questions and arrange informal meet ups.

If you are interested in getting involved in a Carers Network at Queen’s please register your interest by emailing wellbeing@qub.ac.uk with “Carers Network” in the subject line and indicating whether you would be interested in participating as a member or facilitator.

 Dietary Guidelines for a Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. The good news is that it doesn't have to be difficult. Staff Wellbeing have organised an information session, see details below, to provide staff with helpful information on Dietary Guidelines for a Healthy Diet.

Event Details: Dietary Guidelines for a Healthy Diet, delivered by Dr Ciara Rooney from the Centre for Public Health, Tuesday 30 June, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, location TBC, lunch will be provided. The talk will give an overview of what a healthy diet is in line with current dietary guidelines, as well as practical tips to help you achieve a healthier diet.

REGISTER to attend the above event by emailing wellbeing@qub.ac.uk including “Healthy Diet” in the subject line.

Care in the Sun Information Session, Tuesday 23 June, 1.00pm – 2.00pmSun

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Northern Ireland. Around 3,330 people develop skin cancer each year, accounting for 28% of all cancers diagnosed. Over a 25 year period since the mid 1980s, the number of cases of malignant melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer, has almost trebled. Melanoma is most common between the ages of 40-60 years but a significant number of cases occur in people under 35.

Research carried out by Cancer Focus shows that 8 out of 10 people do not apply sunscreen at home unless they are ‘actively’ sunbathing. You don’t need to be sunbathing to get skin cancer – rather it is over-exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) which can cause serious damage over time. It is important for everyone to avoid getting sunburned, particularly children.

Staff Wellbeing have organised an information session, see details below, to provide staff with helpful information on how you and your family can keep safe in the sun.

Event Details: Care in the Sun Session, delivered by Cancer Focus and Dr Gerard Gormley from the Centre of Medical Education, Tuesday 23 June, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, location TBC, lunch will be provided

REGISTER to attend the above event by emailing wellbeing@qub.ac.uk including “Care in the Sun” in the subject line.

Summer Physical Activity Programme

Organised by Staff Wellbeing and Queen's Sport, the Summer Activity Programme for staff will begin week commencing Monday 15 June 2015:

  • Pilates starts on Tuesday 16 June
  • Yoga starts on Wednesday 17 June
  • Tone and Trim starts on Thursday 18 June

The classes will be held in the Students' Union and will run from 1.10pm to 1.50pm.

* NEW* BLAST TABATA  Also running as part of the Summer Activity Programme is a ten-weekBlast Tabata class to be held each Friday, 1.15pm – 1.45pm, in Studio 3 at the PEC. Starting on Friday 19 June, Blast Tabata is a fun dynamic 30-minute workout designed to tone, sculpt and incinerate fat from all areas of the body using high-intensity intervals coupled with short recovery periods (20 seconds work, ten seconds rest). This class can boost fat loss while increasing your aerobic and anaerobic capacity.

All of the above courses will run for ten weeks and cost £22. Please note that no classes will take place during week commencing Monday 13 July 2015.

Register to attend: Register and pay at the PEC reception, please note places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Staff Wellbeing - Support for Carers

There are almost seven million carers in the UK  – that is one in ten people. This figure is rising. Carers NI is an organisation that aims to make life better for carers. A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. Each carer’s experience is unique to their own circumstances.

As part of Carers of UK, Carers NI does the following:

  • gives expert advice, information and support
  • connects carers so no-one has to care alone
  • campaigns together for lasting change
  • innovates to find new ways to reach and support carers

In line with national Carers Week, 8-14 June, Staff Wellbeing have organised an information session, see details below, which will be delivered by Carers NI to provide those staff at Queen’s with caring responsibilities information, support and advice, including; links to local support networks, information on carers' benefits, community care and services for carers.

Carers Information Session – Delivered by Carers NI, Thursday 11 June, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, location TBC, lunch will be provided

REGISTER to attend the above event by emailing wellbeing@qub.ac.uk including “Carers NI” in the subject line.

 

Queen’s was announced a winner at the NI CIPD Gala Awards Ceremony held in Belfast City Hall on 14 May 2015.
 
The NI CIPD Gala Awards recognise excellence across the Human Resources and Personnel Development profession. In each of the award categories, the judges were looking for evidence that a particular people management and development initiative or project contributed to organisational sustainability and success. 
 
Queen's won in the Health and Wellbeing category in recognition of its commitment to  supporting employee health and wellbeing through Staff Wellbeing initiatives such as the '£ for lb' weight loss challenge, Wellbeing Training courses, the Internal Staff Mediation Service and the Team Pedometer Challenge. 
 
The University also received a Highly Commended Award in recognition of its commitment to being a Family Friendly Employer in 2014.

Staff Wellbeing – Health Checks

Staff Wellbeing are offering health checks for staff throughout May and June. The comprehensive check lasts 30 minutes. Qualified nursing professionals have been engaged to carry out the health checks.

What will the check cover?
The check will give you a picture of your current health and highlight changes to your lifestyle, if needed. The checks cover the following areas:

  • Body composition - Measures given include body fat %, fat mass, muscle mass, body water%, basal metabolic rate, metabolic age, bone mineral mass and visceral fat indicator.
  • Cholesterol - Raised levels of blood cholesterol can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Blood pressure - Untreated high blood pressure is a major risk factor for both Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke
  • Pulse - Irregular heartbeat can be a risk factor for Atrial Fibrillation, which increases stroke risk.
  • Lifestyle risk assessment - Smoking status, alcohol consumption and physical activity level.
  • What you will take away with you: Personal report and information – a personal report and results review will be provided, along with relevant health promotion material.
  • Follow up and signposting – measurements above normal thresholds will be followed up and the individual signposted to the relevant service.

When are the checks?
Checks will be carried out on the following dates and locations

  • 19th and 20th May, MBC
  • 26th and 27th May, Occupational Health, Lennoxvale Avenue
  • 3rd and 4th June, Occupational Health, Lennoxvale Avenue
  • 9th and 10th June, MBC

Is there a cost?
Typically the health checks cost £40 however we are able to offer a significantly reduced cost of £5 per employee.
Payment arrangements will be advised at time of booking.

How do I book?
Ring Occupational Health Department on 028 9097 5520 to arrange your appointment.

Questions?
If you have any queries in relation to the checks email wellbeing@qub.ac.uk

 

Mental Health Awareness 11-17 May

According to the UK’s Mental Health Foundation 1 in 6 of us in the UK struggle with mental health issues at any one time, and each year 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem such as anxiety or depression. Every May there is a dedicated week to help raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues. This year Mental Health Awareness week runs from the 11-17 May.

During Mental Health Awareness Week, 11-17 May, Wellbeing at Queen’s will run a number of events to raise awareness and promote mental wellbeing.

A Good Night's Sleep - Naturopathic secrets to assist a good night's sleep, Monday 11 May, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Lanyon Building/Old Staff Common Room

This information session will explore cognitive behavioural techniques (CBT) to counteract insomnia and promote sleepfulness, sleep hygiene (i.e. guidelines for establishing good sleeping routines) and there will be a relaxation session to unwind the mind & promote restfulness. Lunch will be provided for all attendees.

Mental Health Awareness - A student led session exploring contemporary themes related to anxiety and depression, Tuesday 12 May, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, MBC, Teaching Centre Room 204

This session will be led by students from the School of Nursing and Midwifery. It will be an awareness raising session and will explore contemporary themes related to anxiety and depression. Lunch will be provided for all attendees.

Relaxation Session delivered by Carecall the Staff Counselling Provider, Friday 15 May, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Peter Froggatt Centre/03/006B

Hosted by Carecall, the University’s Staff Counselling provider, this session will give you a brief overview of the Staff Counselling Service and its benefits. This will be followed by a practical session on relaxation techniques. Lunch will be provided for all attendees.

REGISTER to attend the above events by emailing wellbeing@qub.ac.uk including “Mental Health Week” in the subject line.

Further Resources – Mental Wellbeing

Scientific evidence suggests there are five steps which are very simple that we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing:

1. Take notice
2. Give to others
3. Get active
4. Keep learning
5. Connect

Read more about the 5 a day for mental wellbeing and how you can put them into practice here.

Further details on mental health, the various disorders and sources of support on the NHS website.

Backcare Drop In Session - 30 April 2015

Staff Wellbeing at Queen’s has teamed up with the Occupational Health and Safety Service and will be offering staff the opportunity to get help and advice on how to increase your comfort while working at your PC and make simple changes to address the poor postures that cause aches and pains.

Safety Officers Julie McConkey and Colin Richardson will be on hand on Thursday 30 April in the Great Hall (main campus) from 12.00pm to  2.00pm with example workstations and a range of ergonomic computer equipment. This is a drop in session so please call in for some advice on your computer workstation set-up and general back care in the office.

Further sources of advice on Back Care are available from the following organisations:

Health and Safety Executive

NHS Top Ten Back Care Tips

Team Pedometer Challenge – The Results

The winners of the Team Pedometer Challenge were announced today at an event in the Great Hall. Congratulations to the winners Stan's Sole Sisters. Find out where your team finished here.

What next? Physical Activity Loyalty (PAL) Scheme

A new Physical Activity Loyalty (PAL) Scheme will start after Easter to keep you on the move.

The Centre for Public Health is offering Queen’s Main Campus Site Staff the chance to take part in the PAL scheme which encourages you to become more active by enabling you to earn rewards for your physical activity. All you have to do is scan your PAL key fob along sensors placed around the campus to collect points.

Further information is available on the PAL website. The Scheme will kick off in April, although you can register online anytime. It’s quick, simple and free! If you have any questions, email team@palscheme.org or call a member of the team on 028 9063 5477.

** Team Pedometer Challenge Latest Scores **

Access the score sheet for weeks one to three of the challenge here.

The Spring Activity Programme will start after the Easter holidays:

  • Pilates starts on Tuesday 14 April
  • Yoga starts on Wednesday 15 April
  • Tone and Trim starts on Thursday 16 April

The above courses will run over 8 weeks and cost £20. The classes will start at 1.10 pm and finish at 1.50 pm and will be held in the Students' Union.  

For all classes please register at the PEC reception - places are allocated on a first come first served basis!

March 2015 - Health Promotion Initiative - Stop Smoking!

Everybody has their own personal reason for wanting to give up smoking whether it is to be healthier, to get fit, or to save money. There's lots of free support available at Queen’s to help you on your road to quitting including two events this month.

Quit Clinics

Wednesday 11 March, 9.30am to noon, PFC Foyer

Thursday 12th March, 9.30am to noon, MBC Foyer

Wednesday 11 March is National No Smoking Day and the University’s Occupational Health Service is running Quit Clinics from 9.30am until noon on Wednesday 11 March and Thursday 12th March. You do not need to register - just call by for professional support and advice on smoking cessation.

Presentation

A presentation entitled “3 Ways to Stop Smoking”, will be held on Wednesday 11 March, 1- 1.40 pm, PFC, Teaching Centre Room 02/011 (lunch is available for attendees)  

This Presentation will be delivered by Trevor McDonald, Smoking Cessation Advisor, Belfast City Council. Details will also be available on how you can sign up for a Stop Smoking 8 Week Programme which will be delivered on campus if we have sufficient interest. This programme can help anyone who decides to stop by giving them confidential motivational support, carbon monoxide testing (a poisonous gas in tobacco smoke which lowers oxygen in the bloodstream) and nicotine replacement therapy. 

Register to attend this event by emailing wellbeing@qub.ac.uk  or register in person at one of the Quit Clinics.

One participant who joined the Stop smoking programme in October 2014 said “The first few days were hard but after my first smoke free week, I felt better – no ashtray mouth and my lungs felt easier.  The gum and the patches really took most of my cravings away and the weekly support sessions reinforced my determination to give up and having others from the group to talk to also helped”.

Further Resources

Order your free Quit Kit here
Visit the Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) website for stop smoking tips and advice

The Teams    Getting started     Registration      Progress Reports       Rules       Safety Tips

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‌‌About the Challenge

The pedometer challenge is a four-week challenge coordinated by the Environmental and Staff Wellbeing teams to get you walking outdoors and it is a great team building activity. It’s a fun and easy way for you to improve your physical and mental wellbeing. It is also an opportunity to help the environment by improving your carbon footprint and ditching the car or bus and walking to work.
 
At the same time we will raise money for charity, all participants will pledge £2, which will be donated to the nominated local charity Tiny Life, through a dedicated Just Giving page.

** REGISTRATION FOR THIS CHALLENGE CLOSES AT 1.00PM ON FRIDAY 27 FEBRUARY **
 
The Teams

You are encouraged to get into teams of six with a team captain taking the lead. The challenge will start on Monday 2 March and ends at 3pm on Friday 27 March 2015, inclusive.  A prize will be given to the team with the most steps over the four week period. Spot prizes will also be given. The prizes have been generously donated by Podium 4 Sport, Hope and Clements. Staff are also entitled to 10% off instore at Podium 4 Sport throughout the challenge.

Clements Hope Podium 4 Sport

Getting started

  • Recruit your team of six
  • Nominate a team captain
  • Agree a team name

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Registration

  • Team captain registers by email to carbonmanagement@qub.ac.uk including names of team members and over all team name
  • Team captain makes Just Giving £12 payment QUB Pedometer Challenge quoting the team name on the donation
  • Once the payment and email have both been received pedometers will be sent to the team leader for distribution

** REGISTRATION FOR THIS CHALLENGE CLOSES AT 1.00PM ON FRIDAY 27 FEBRUARY **


Weekly progress reports

  • Team captains will collate the steps for their teams each Friday and email to carbonmanagement@qub.ac.uk by 3pm
  • Scores will be collated centrally and progress reports provided in the weekly Round  Up

 
Rules

  • This challenge relies on complete honesty so please act in good faith.
  • Pedometers can be worn throughout the duration of the four weeks including evenings and weekends
  • Pedometers should be reset each Friday once the total  for the week has been recorded
  • The pedometer should not be used if going swimming. The pedometer can be worn when cycling, jogging, playing football and doing other physical activities
  • If someone forgets to record their number of steps, the average number of steps taken by that person can be added to your team total for that week

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Safety tips (bhf.org)

  • Choose comfortable, supportive shoes such as running, walking or cross-training shoes
  • If you’re going for a longer walk, warm up with stretching exercises and include a cool-down period to reduce stress on your heart and muscles
  • Maintain a brisk pace. You should work hard to keep up your pace, but still be able to talk while walking
  • Practise correct posture – head upright, arms bent at the elbow and swinging as you stride
  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after walking
  • Tell others if you’re walking alone
  • Walk in well-lit areas where it is fairly busy (streets and parks)
  • Be careful of traffic
  • Wear reflective clothing in the dark

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Staff Wellbeing Training, 24 February, 9.30am  - 12.30pm

Improving Personal Resilience, is a training session recommended for all staff. The training helps staff recognise their own personal capacity for overcoming adversity, challenge negative thinking and emotional patterns, gain an understanding of emotional resilience and learn how to promote and develop personal resilience in the workplace. The session shall emphasise the importance of self-care, allowing participants to understand their own personal stressors and how to apply suitable coping strategies. Finally participants will be advised of the support mechanisms available within Queen’s.

Registration: Register to attend through iTrent Employee Self Service.