Willow Wood takes the health and wellbeing of its staff very seriously, and has recently started holding bi-monthly days to address both physical and psychological wellbeing. 

As Karen Houlston, chief executive said: “We are a small and very close team and it is important, both on a personal and a professional level, that we are all happy and healthy.  Wellbeing Days like this are great for morale and motivation, and learning techniques for relaxation and mindfulness that benefits us all.”

Organised by a team taken from every department in Willow Wood, the days encompass a wide variety of strategies to promote good health. Lindsay Thomas, one of our medical secretaries and member of the Wellbeing team said: “We feel passionate about the wellbeing of staff, and want to pass on ideas and tips of different tools to be used to take care of our own wellbeing.” 

Short relaxation workshops, half hour taster sessions of complementary therapies such as Reiki and reflexology, healthy eating, exercise and more made this a fun, as well as an educational day.

Lindsay, along with another member of the team Nicola Drake, made some delicious paneer and vegetable kebabs, and produced recipe cards to go with them.  Fruit and herb infusions were also available, and a team from Be Well Tameside gave confidential twenty-minute long health checks, with follow up appointments should they be needed.

Members of the Wellbeing team (l-r) Lyndsay, Nicola and Pat, with a delicious and healthy kebab

Electric bikes were available for exercise and our hydrotherapy pool was open for staff to relax or do gentle exercise in the warm water.   A new session this time was ‘Singing for Wellbeing’.  If you sing regularly you will know that it has the feel-good factor.  But did you know that it does have positive physical health benefits as well?  It exercises muscle groups in the upper body, brings more oxygen into the body and can improve your posture. 

All in all, it was a very successful day with positive benefits for all staff who attended.