Wellbeing walk boosts employee welfare

Wellbeing walk boosts employee welfare

HOUSING support workers in Wakefield have taken to the great outdoors in a bid to improve their personal wellbeing.

Ten team members from Sustain Wakefield, a housing related support service funded by Wakefield Council that aims to prevent homelessness amongst single people, couples and families, took time away from their desks to take part in a Wellbeing Walk around Newmillardam on World Mental Health Day.

The walk is just one example of the type of wellbeing activity that Sustain Wakefield holds each month to help safeguard the welfare of their staff.

Part of Turning Lives Around, a Yorkshire based charity committed to preventing homelessness Sustain Wakefield is based in St Catherine Church Centre, Belle Vue and works with clients to enable them to keep and thrive in their existing homes by accessing benefits and better budgeting, developing tenancy management skills and reducing social isolation.

The team of 14 housing support workers currently work with 175 single people and 60 families many of whom are in highly complex and challenging circumstances.

“Turning Lives Around is very mindful of the welfare of its employees and appreciate that the better we are in ourselves, the better we can help our clients,” said Sustain Wakefield’s Pathways Co-ordinator Nikeisha Bragger.

“The aim of the walk was to enable staff to take time out during normal working hours to focus on themselves, enjoy being with colleagues and getting to know each other better and to appreciate being outdoors in lovely surroundings.”

The walk ended with a hot drink and impromptu game in a nearby café before the team returned to work feeling revitalised and more relaxed.

“The feedback we received showed that people appreciated the chance to get close to nature and get some exercise, enjoyed the stillness and tranquility compared to a busy office and felt it made them more productive. This was the first time we’d done a walk but we’d like to do it again on a regular basis,” added Nikeisha.