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Festival of Wellbeing

 
Day, Time, Booking Link Event

Mon 5th

12:00 - 13:00

Both sessions are fully booked

Wed 7th

10:00 - 11:00

How Do We Create a Future For Happy, Healthy Hybrid Working?

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we work forever. One of the biggest challenges that employers face is how to navigate new hybrid ways of working that deliver both improved productivity and a happier, healthier workforce. This interactive, small group session, will invite participates to share their thoughts on the last year, how we centre staff wellbeing in new ways of working and how we may overcome any obstacles along the way?

 

The session will be facilitated by Jenny Rampling, (Senior Programme Coordinator at ourcambridge), who is part of the ‘Cambridge Works – New ways of working’ project team at the University.

 

Mon 5th

13:00 - 14:00

 

Saying Thank You: Getting Better at Appreciating Our Colleagues

 

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it""

- William Arthur Ward

 

We all like to feel appreciated but how often do we take the time to say thank you and praise a colleague for a job well done? From a University perspective, recognition and appreciation are vital: they create a positive working environment, motivate people, make them feel valued, help them to see the purpose and importance of their work, and improve performance by reinforcing positive behaviours and embedding values.

 

ourcambridge is offering this session to provide an opportunity for colleagues to share ideas and approaches for recognising and appreciating the contribution of others. Colleagues from departments who have launched their own recognition initiatives will be invited to share their experiences.

 

Tue 6th

11:00 - 12:00

 

Food, Lifestyle, and Wellbeing in the Pandemic: Practical Strategies for the Academic Workplace  

This webinar delivered by Professor Sumantra Ray, Dr Minha Rajput-Ray, Helena Trigueiro RD, Shane McAuliffe RD, aims to recognise how diet and lifestyle impacts overall health and wellbeing especially in the ‘new normal’ academic workplace, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Furthermore, we will discuss how the food we eat and lifestyle choices we make can have direct and indirect effects on our function, and speakers will access practical strategies to integrate healthy habits as part of daily routines.

 

Tue 6th

14:15 - 15:15

Fully Booked

Nurturing A Lean Habit

During this interactive session the ourcambridge Simplifying our Processes team will look at how habits can be established and how this can be applied to Lean tools and techniques, so helping to embed continuous improvement across the University.

 

We will then discuss the impact that this could have on wellbeing. 

 

Tue 6th

16:00 - 16:45

 

How Technology Shapes our Sleep and Wellbeing

 

In this session we will explore the complex and nuanced ways technology can keep us awake at night. Touching on the role of blue light but discovering other elements that contribute to our lack of sleep: addictive social media algorithms and the effect of different types of digital media.

Delivered by Dr. Michael Grandner

Wed 7th

12:30 - 13:30

 

Restorative Excellence

 

How do you switch off from work? Or focus when you need to? Join this session to: 

  • Learn the science behind why breaks are essential for optimal mental performance and stress management
  • Identify your biggest barriers to taking effective breaks and how to overcome them
  • Plan a week of daily restorative breaks tailored to your routine and work habits 
  • Learn a simple NEW Mini Mindfulness technique to optimise your breaks
  • Enhance focus, reduce stress and strengthen resilience. All techniques proven by science.

 Delivered by Sam Thorogood from Tiny Pause

 

Thu 8th

09:00 - 11:00

Both sessions are fully booked 

13:00 - 15:00

Building Wellbeing with LEGO

 

In this workshop led by Dr Geraint Wyn Story you will explore what wellbeing means to you and how you could enhance yours. This online workshop will use the LEGO Serious Play facilitation method to help explore complex topics.

 

Building with LEGO bricks and using LEGO Serious Play facilitation will make sure that you and the others in the group contribute equally and understand each other. It will stimulate your thinking, communication and problem solving skills, and create an environment with insight, confidence and commitment. Your possibilities for learning are enormous.

 

Bookings close on 22 June to allow for LEGO sets to be posted.  

Both sessions are the same, please only sign up for the time slot that suits you.

 

Thu 8th

14:00 - 15:00

Fully booked

Newnham College 'Food Forest' and 'Incredible Edible' Garden Tour

Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, the gardens have always been a very important part of Newnham College life.

The first principal, Anne Jemima Clough extolled the virtues of ‘fresh air, exercise and wholesome food’ and as part of the 150th celebrations we are continuing this tradition with the introduction of a new permaculture Food Forest Garden. Designed and grown by students with the garden team, the new garden is a place where all members of the College can learn about permaculture and sustainable food production, and the benefits of working outside together and growing our own organic food.

The tour will also include a visit to the ‘Incredible Edible’ potager beds in the main garden, planted with fruit and vegetables like kale, chard, lettuces, beans and more than 20 varieties of tomatoes for those in College to pick throughout the summer.

Only those with a booking will be admitted to the college in line with the government Covid guidelines  

Fri 9th

07:30 - 08:15

09:00 - 09:45

 

Botanic Garden Early Morning Wander 

Join us in the Garden for a quiet, early morning wander. We are offering the opportunity for staff to join us for a walk before we open the gates to the public. Set yourself up for the day with a relaxing stroll and an opportunity to see the Botanic Garden in a way that very few people can. Discover bird song and other wildlife of the Garden with the guidance of Dr. Chantal Helm. Spaces are limited; if you would like to book a place on one of these walks, please email: education@botanic.cam.ac.uk stating your preferred date and time to join us.

Daily

Anytime

Allotment Project

From the students at Clare Hall College

Daily

13:15 - 13:30

Lunchtime Meditation

Spend 15 mindful minutes relaxing or meditating with the University’s mindfulness practitioner, Dr Elizabeth English

Daily

Anytime

To the Moon Challenge

Join in as the University of Cambridge community seeks to achieve two clear targets, to clock up a combined distance, equivalent to travelling around the world, and then to travel to the moon.  Distance around the World = 40,075 km / Distance to the Moon = 384,400 km

 

You can clock up distance by walking, running, cycling, swimming or wheelchair racing!

After a difficult year for some, we cannot wait to get away and what better way than going to the moon with your colleagues, friends and University community!

 

Mon 5th - Fri 9 July

Daily  

Scavenger Hunt Challenge

 

Explore your local area in our Festival of Wellbeing scavenger hunt, and be in with a chance to win some great prizes!

Tag us in your pictures with the hashtag #CambridgeScavengerHunt to enter. Take on the challenge with a group of friends or go solo! Can you tick off every item in both hunts?

 

We’ll have two options, and you can try one or both – the Cambridge edition and the ‘British village’ edition.

The clues will be revealed on Monday  5 July date, and you’ll have 5 days to complete the challenge!