Gower College Swansea recently held its annual Wellbeing Day, where staff enjoyed a range of sessions from workshops and fitness to relaxation.
This was the first face to face Wellbeing Day since 2019, and staff enjoyed getting together and joining in with team activities. Over 400 staff got involved across all campuses.
Group activities included tai chi, exercise classes, aromatherapy and reflexology workshops, gardening sessions, cold water therapy at Caswell Bay and a Dodgeball Tournament where Computer Services were crowned as the inaugural winners. Staff also enjoyed the interactive games on offer, such as VR 'Beat the Saber' game, football darts, swingball and table tennis.
One to one health checks and physiotherapy appointments were also available. Hypnotherapy meditation with Kev Webster and massage sessions proved very popular with staff. Those looking for deeper relaxation were enticed by the shamanic healing, guided meditation sessions, and Nada yoga.
Stalls were set up at the College's Sport Centre which allowed staff to find out more about gym memberships, the cycle to work scheme, and the LGBTQ+ Staff Network. Health and care advisors and support for carers were also on hand to provide advice.
"We were thrilled to have our annual Wellbeing Day face to face this year. It was a fantastic opportunity for staff to join together, have fun, and relax after a challenging few years." says Director of HR, Sarah King. "Staff have expressed how grateful they are for this event which focuses on their health and wellbeing, and we look forward to many more in the future. I'd also like to thank everyone who took part and to all our corporate and community partners who joined and supported this event."
Gower College Swansea proudly holds the Gold Corporate Health Standard Award in recognition of its policy for maintaining and promoting a high quality of health and wellbeing in the workplace.
The Wellbeing Day is just one of the many initiatives that supports staff health and wellbeing. The College regularly promotes campaigns such as Time to Talk Day (mental health awareness), Hydration Week, Menopause Sessions, Back Care Week and National No Smoking Day. Staff also have 24/7 access to support via a workplace health and wellbeing provider.