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Festival of Wellbeing

 

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Mon 27th June - Fri 8th July 

7.00  |  7.30  |  8.00  |  8.30 

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Sports Centre Individual Health Checks

Would you like a better understanding of your current physical health? 

If yes, book in for one of our free ‘Health Checks’ which will take you through some simple, non-invasive tests.

These checks will consist of:- Measurement of your height and weight, Blood pressure test, Body composition test, Flexibility test

Mon 27th June - Fri 08 July

In Person 

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Cambridge Sport - Free 5 Day Pass

Have five days free Cambridge Sport membership on us!

Movement and exercise is so important for good wellbeing. During the festival of wellbeing, sign up for 5 days free Cambridge sport membership and try the Gym, play Badminton, Squash, do a Fitness Class or jog around the track.

Getting started is easy, visit our website (www.sport.cam.ac.uk) and using the button in the top right corner, sign up for free as a Pay as You Train Member. Once you've done that, pop to Reception on your first visit and we will set up your five day membership. You will need to being your University ID Card.

Available only during the Festival of Wellbeing.

Mon 4th July - Fri 8th 

12:00 - 14:00

In Person  

Drop In - booking not required

Active Lunchbreak

Come and join us at the University Sports Centre for a free lunchtime game of table tennis, badminton, pickleball and/or boccia?

You can pop over on your own, or bring some colleagues with you, anytime between 12 noon and 2pm (Mon-Fri).

All you need is a pair of trainers as playing equipment will be provided. Bike parking and changing facilities are available on site.

* Mon 4th 

12:00 - 12:50

14:00 - 14:50 

* Tue 05th

12:00 - 12:50

14:00 - 14:50

In Person  

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A Mindful Wander Around Clare Hall

Join Clare Hall in a guided (or self-guided) mindful wander and outdoor meditation, enjoying the College’s beautiful grounds and gardens. Mindfulness is about purposely paying attention in the present moment, noticing our surroundings and what we are doing, rather than being caught in thinking about the past or future. You’re warmly invited to take in the sights, sounds and fragrances of Clare Hall’s green spaces this summertime. The guided session will begin with mindful sculpture sketching and tree gazing, before heading over to West Court for a short guided meditation, after which participants will be free to roam our gardens.

Activities include: Mindful sculpture sketching, Tree gazing, Guided meditation and Free to roam.

Mon 4th 

12:00 - 13:00 

In Person 

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Wellbeing Photography Walk - Central Cambridge

Join Lloyd Mann & Nick Saffell in this Wellbeing Photography Walk around Central Cambridge

The sessions aim to teach simple steps that will help you take great photographs using your smartphone or camera, with a no-pressure, hands-on approach. We help you think about what makes good subject matter, and support you with angles and framing, allowing you to get the best shot possible. The photo exercises give you something to occupy your mind and stimulate your brain, to get creative and hopefully the sessions might encourage you to take photos every day.

Mon 4th 

13:00 - 14:00

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Putting The Men into Mental Health

Our statistics show that men are significantly underrepresented in accessing counselling at the University Staff Counselling Centre and account for only one third of all referrals. Why might this be?

Are there barriers that stop men speaking openly about their emotions and seek professional help and if so, what are they? 

Come and watch an engaging question and answer session with one of our male staff counsellors being interviewed as he grapples with these issues.  There will be plenty of time for questions at the end.

This session is in-person. An on-line zoom session will be held on 28 June.

Tue 5th 

12:00 - 13:00

In Person  

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Morning Fields Yoga

Held in the beautiful gardens of Gonville & Caius, West Road, come along to this session for an hour of gentle and inclusive yoga practice, accessible to all body shapes, ages and backgrounds. Don't worry if you have never practiced yoga or are coming back to the mat after some time - everyone is welcome.  

Although this session will be held in the gardens, a room will be available in case of inclement weather. 

Please wear suitable clothing and bring a mat.

Tue 5th 

12:00 - 13:00 

Online 

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Effects of Loneliness on Brain Function and Cognition

Loneliness and isolation are increasing in societies all around the world, particularly in young people. Yet, the effects of loneliness on brain function and cognition are not clear. In this talk, Dr Livia Tomova, will present recent findings on how loneliness impacts brain function and cognition in young adults and adolescents. The implications of this research in the light of mental health problems will be discussed.

Dr Livia Tomova, Henslow Research Fellow and Director of Studies for Psychological and Behavioural Studies

Wed 6th 

10:00 - 11:00 

Online 

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Saying Thank You: Getting Better at Appreciating Our Colleagues

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.

Wed 6th

10:30 - 11:30 

In Person 

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Wellbeing Wander: A Tour of King's College Garden Landscape

King's College has historic landscapes and gardens rich in heritage and beauty. Spend a summer's afternoon exploring the Provost's secret garden, the wildflower meadow, the Fellows' Garden and the community orchard with Senior Horticulturist Steven Coghill.

Wed 6th 

11:00 - 12:00 

Online 

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Social Media Use and Adolescents' Mental Health: Beyond "Good" or "Bad"

In this talk, Luisa Fassi from the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit & Department of Psychiatry, will discuss the extent to which existing research can inform us of the effect that social media use has on adolescents’ mental health.

Specifically, Luisa will examine the evidence on the links between different patterns of social media use (e.g., time spent on social media, messaging with friends, posting, exposure to specific content) and different mental health states (e.g., wellbeing and life satisfaction) as well as conditions (e.g., depression, anxiety and eating disorders).

Wed 6th 

11:00 - 12:30 

In Person 

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Tour of King's College Chapel and Roof

Join Domus Bursar, Philip Isaac, for a tour of King's College's historic chapel. If the weather is suitable, there will be the opportunity to visit the chapel roof.  

Wed 6th 

12:00 - 13:15

Online 

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6 Moments That Matter – How to Live a Secure and Fair Financial Life

Life is a risky business with implications for our financial wellbeing. Living longer, working later, career flexibility, and evolving family formations, mean that our financial futures are shaped not only by the decisions we make about our money, but increasingly by the decisions we make about our life.

Join this interactive session with Jane Portas to find out about financial life in the UK, differences in people’s financial life journeys, how financial gaps arise between men, women, and other groups, and what Covid-19 means for all of our financial futures.

Jane will talk about how our mindsets influence our financial life, and introduce “6 Moments That Matter”, which bring together our money and our life, and help us to consider the steps we can take at home, at work and in society to build a secure and fair financial future for everyone.

Wed 6th 

14:00 - 15:00

In Person 

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Wolfson College Mindful Garden Tour

Join head gardener Oscar Holgate for a mindful wander through Wolfson College’s tranquil gardens.

Engage your senses with the sights and sounds of our plants and wildlife and enjoy Oscar’s insights into the science of why gardens are healthy for us.

Thu 7th 

08:40 - 17:00

In Person 

Booking and information 

Dr Bike session - Greenwich House

We are pleased to be able to offer free Dr. Bike sessions and security marking to University of Cambridge staff.

During the 20 minute session, our fully trained mechanics will check your bike and replace brake pads, cables and inner tubes for free, if needed and time permitting. Advice can be given on any further work that cannot be carried out in the time slot.

Thu 7th

11:00 - 12:00 

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Delicious Things to do with Seasonal Vegetables

Chef and food writer Rosie Sykes in a collaboration with Bea Brown and Cambridge Sustainable Food spends some time talking about all the good things we can eat and cook in July including talking about surplus produce and how to make the most of food.

Thu 7th 

12:00 - 13:00 

In Person 

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Secrets of the University Church

Join Associate Vicar Reverend Devin McLachlan and tour Great St Mary’s Church with some fun highlights — the Regius Professor of Divinity who was dug up and posthumously burnt at the stake; the ‘Black Assembly’ between the University and the city; Royal visits, the Cambridge Quarters, and the physician who stuffed an opium-addicted vicar into a cow…

Fri 8th 

11:00 - 12:00 

Online 

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Yin Yoga and Meditation

Yin yoga is a slow deep practice perfect for the body and mind to find synchronicity and balance.

While the body lets go of tension held in the muscles, helping you find a soothing deep stretch, yin is suitable for all and simply requires a few yoga blocks, bricks a cushion or three and a space to lie down, if you've a cat or dog that like to stretch with you - perfect!

We'll finish our practice with a yoga Nidra, known as yogic sleep.

This session will be delivered by Sarah-Cate Blake.

Fri 8th 

12:00 - 12:30

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Revive and Refresh with Mindfulness: Session 2 - Refresh

It is easy to rush through the day without noticing our thoughts, feelings and sensations. Mindfulness practice helps us pause and become present, so we get in touch with our authentic experience. We can so easily become entangled in energy draining thoughts that drive our emotions and lead to stress or anxiety. Mindfulness practice helps us notice these thoughts so we can deal with them better.

Join Esther Hunt as she takes you through this Mindfulness Refresh session. 

Fri 8th 

12:00 - 13:00 

13:15 - 14:15 

In Person 

Booking and information 

Cycle Maintenance Workshops

2 Sessions: Safety check and Gears & Brakes

Outspoken Cycles are running two one-hour workshops with a 15-minute break in between. Participants can sign up for one or both. Each session is ticketed separately.

The first workshop covers how to safety check your bike and perform a puncture repair (innertube replacement).

The second workshop covers how to adjust brakes and replace pads, and how to set up and adjust gears with some time for troubleshooting.

Both sessions will include time for questions.

Fri 8th 

12:00 - 13:30 

In Person 

booking and information 

University Farm Tour

Get some fresh air and take a tour of the University Farm.

You will get to see what goes on in the farm as well as the opportunity to see some livestock.

This tour is wheelchair accessible.

Fri 8th 

In Person 

13:30 - 15:00
Booking and Information 

 

Madingley Park Tour

Take a break from looking at your screen and join us for a walk around Madingley Park.

The tour will give you the opportunity to get out into nature and explore more of the University estate including the Capability Brown designed parkland.

Mon 27th June - Fri 1 July

9.00am - 5.00pm

In Person 

Drop In - booking not required

The People’s Portraits Exhibition

Ordinary people from all walks of life.

Wander at your leisure through this amazing exhibition at Girton College. 

In 2000, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters mounted a millennial exhibition entitled People’s Portraits. The idea was to represent ordinary people from all walks of life, and thereby offer a picture of the United Kingdom as it moved from the 20th century into the 21st. The resulting collection is rich in the diversity of its subjects.  For further information, please visit the website 

Mon 27th - Fri 1 July 

10.00am - 6.00pm

In Person 

Drop In - booking not required

Discover Wolfson's Gardens: Tree Trail

A self-guided Tree Trail around the beautiful and varied garden 'rooms' of the grounds of Wolfson College.
Collect a Tree Trail from the Porters' Lodge and enjoy the beautiful and varied garden 'rooms' of Wolfson College at your own pace.
Children are most certainly welcome and will have plenty of space to explore - but please ensure they are accompanied at all times. Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed on the tree tour. 

For further information, please visit the website

Mon 27th - Fri 1 July 

Anytime 

Online 

Journeys Through Art Designed to Relax and Restore

Short Films by the Fitzwilliam Museum 

  David's Joy

Inspired by the tremendous power of Max Richter's soundscape, David Hicks, a non-trained dancer responds to art and architecture at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

  Look, Imagine, Move - Nature & Symbols

In this film we are surrounded by flowers from all seasons keeping fresh across the ages. We still ourselves in the face of this cacophony of colour, shape, form and symbolism.

  Look, Imagine, Move - Drama & Morality

In this film we find ourselves in a relatively small corner of the Fitzwilliam Museum with three powerful and evocative paintings. We can nestle in here and settle for a while - we might imagine ourselves sat on a plush velvet chair. We have arrived into the landscaped stories of 19th century England, some 150-170 years ago.

  Look, Imagine, Move - Sensuality & Power

With music and dance, step into art at the Fitzwilliam Museum. In this film we are in the world of the Venetian Renaissance in the 16th century - a time when Venice enjoyed vast wealth, prestige, and legendary splendour. Confident in their power and influence Venetians were celebrating a lust for life, ideals of beauty and grandeur, and new sumptuousness.

  Look, Imagine, Move - Seascapes & Skyscapes

Welcome to the Fitzwilliam gallery that holds paintings from the Dutch Golden Age. We are in the 17th Century at a time when Dutch trade, science and art were amongst the most acclaimed in the world and there was a growing passion for panoramic depictions of the countryside.