Health and wellbeing
Any time access
We know that many of you (our staff and volunteers) may want to access wellbeing activities when it best suits you. As such, we’ve collated a suite of ‘access any time’ material for you…
We are very lucky at LOROS to have Angela Baxter, our dedicated Complementary Therapy Manager. Angela has a wonderfully calming and soothing voice and has has recorded a series of guided mindful meditations that range from two to 13 minutes.
Seated tai chi sessions with Paula
Paula Young, part of our complementary therapy team has created fabulous relaxation opportunities which can be accessed here.
Smiling Mind – this is an APP for meditation and to start your mindfulness journey. It’s suitable for everyone and offers adult and youth programmes as well as guidance for those in the workplace – and is also available in other languages. You can even track your progress.
Buddhify – this APP describes its focus as being ‘meditation on the go’ and includes meditations that you can use to aid sleep, when you feel stressed, when you are struggling with difficult emotions and many other things.
Headspace – an app which is ideal for mindfulness exercises and guided meditations. Perfect for those looking to practice for just a few minutes a day.
Colleagues are working tirelessly to tackle Covid-19 and deserve the very best psychological and practical support. The LLR Academy is pleased to share a range of well-being support which is now available, designed to help all staff take steps to maintain their physical and mental health and overall well-being. This includes:
1. a free wellbeing support helpline, providing confidential listening from trained professionals and specialist advice, including coaching, bereavement care, mental health and financial help on 0300 131 7000, available from 7.00 am – 11.00 pm seven days a week
2. a 24/7 text alternative to the above helpline - simply text NHSPH to 85258
3. online peer to peer, team and personal resilience support, including through Silver Cloud, and free mindfulness apps including Unmind, Headspace Sleepio and Daylight.
The above will all be accessible via an App on phones – although some areas are still in development the App is now live!
To install the app scan the code below and then save to your home screen.
Has there ever been a better time to learn a new skill? We think not so we’ve thought up a few ideas below:
Learn sign language - Natasha Lamb and her sister Kelly Ann provide a really simple beginners guide to British Sign Language. Their lessons stream live on YouTube every day at 1pm but are all recorded in case you miss one or need to watch again. The first lesson can be accessed here.
Ever fancied learning a new language? Alexa Polidoro runs a great series on ‘French for beginners’. Her sessions can be found here.
We know we have some fantastically creative individuals in our midst but there’s always room for improvement. Learn to draw here with sketch the basics #1.
The Open University, a world leader in open and distance learning have more than 1,000 free courses across eight different subject areas available which can be accessed here.
Live sessions and community
Being part of the LOROS family is a very special thing, and we want to continue to invest in this community by alerting you to some live sessions. Some of these sessions are available to the general public but we are also creating sessions that are specifically for LOROS staff.
Please see the schedule below for live options.
Guidance for anyone joining a physical activity session
Before taking part in any virtual classes, please make sure your workout space is clear and safe to use. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Be aware of your exercise limits, go with easier options if you need to. Rehydrate during and after the class. If you have any injuries or health issues that you feel you need to discuss, please contact the provider directly.
Date and Time
How to access
1st June - 5th June 2020
The lovely Sam Colver is once again inviting LOROS staff to attend daily exercise classes.
The classes run every day at from 12pm to 1pm and from 6pm to 7pm.
You will need a facebook account to access these activities. A facebook account can be created at www.facebook.com.
You need to join the group Freestyle Fitness Hub which can be accessed here https://www.facebook.com/groups/freestylefitness/
Once your joining request has been accepted (usually within 24 hours), you will be able to join the live sessions.
Wednesday 3rd June 2020 at
A weekly ZOOM update from Chief Executive John Knight and other senior team members on all things LOROS.
An opportunity to find out the latest goings on and information about the hospice and to ask any questions to John and other senior team members.
You do not need to download any Zoom applications to LOROS IT equipment, just visit the Zoom home page (with the https://zoom.us/join link) and join the meeting using the ID and password details that were sent in John's email sent on 29th May.
Please note: There is a maximum number of participants (100) that can join each session, so please make sure you arrive promptly for the start.
You can still send any questions that you may have for John. Please send them to email@example.com
Staff relaxation and time out sessions
Alison Sisu, Complementary Therapist, is pleased to be able to offer some drop in informal relaxation and time out sessions.
They will be in the complementary therapy room on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons between 2pm and 5pm commencing on 29th April.
There is no need to book. Each session will last approximately 20 to 30 minutes so won’t take up to much of your time but will help you get through your day.
‘Wobble’ Rooms and Mental Health First Aid
We are very fortunate to have a number of trained Mental Health First Aiders.
If you feel you would like to speak to one of these wonderful individuals, please in the first instance contact Jo Elliott here or by phone 07392 312491 and she will arrange this for you.
We are also looking to establish a virtual ‘wobble’ room. The idea is still being developed but will provide a virtual space for you to come to and discuss issues or anxieties with your peers who may be experiencing similar feelings.
A physical wobble room is available within the Hospice for frontline staff and this is becoming commonplace within many organisations.
What else is coming?
Volunteer Tea and Quiz
LOROSHUB Wellbeing is inviting you to a scheduled ECHOZoom meeting for volunteers on 4th June 2020 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm
You do not need to download any Zoom applications. You can join Zoom from PC, Mac, iOS or Android by clicking the link below and use the log in details that have been provided to you separately.
To book onto this event, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/volunteer-celebration-event-tickets-107205853594
Ideas are coming in thick and fast and we thank our workforce for being so engaged - and for recognising the importance of wellbeing.
If you have any ideas for the health and wellbeing schedule then please email Liz McIntyre.