• FGF 2019

      Feel Good Festival

      28 January - 8 February 2019

  • Feel Good Festival 2019

    Try something different to help you feel good this February!

    We believe wellbeing is fundamental to a positive staff experience; the Feel Good Festival provides an ideal opportunity for you to take stock of your overall wellbeing and try something new.

    Once again teams dedicated to support your wellbeing have come together to bring you two weeks of great initiatives to help you feel good this February and beyond. This year's Feel Good Festival is brought to you by colleagues from Brookes Active, Communications, Occupational Health, OCSLD, Human Resources and Staff Experience.               

    The underlying themes of the Festival, which research has shown to make a major contribution to how we feel, are the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’:

    Wellbeing is attained by little and little, and nevertheless is no little thing itself.

    Zeno of Citium
    1. Be active and care for your body
    2. Connect with the people around you
    3. Keep learning
    4. Give to others
    5. Take notice

    By making small lifestyle changes to fit in exercise, eat healthily and take time to relax, we can give more energy to these five behaviours that help us to feel good, appreciate those around us and get the most from life at home and at work.


    Explore the Festival Programme

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    Open Lecture: Happiness is Just a Goal Away 

    20 March 2019
    6.00 - 7.00PM
    JHBB Lecture Theatre  Dr. Christian Ehrlich talks about how it’s not what you do, it’s why you do it that makes you happy. This lecture is in celebration of International Day of Happiness. Reserve your place here.
    OBU Documentary Club: Walk With Me (2017) 7 February 2019
    6.00 - 7.00PM 
    JHBB Lecture Theatre  'Walk With Me' is meditative film about a community of Zen Buddhist monks and nuns who have dedicated their lives to mastering the art of mindfulness with their world-famous teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. Filmmakers: Marc J. Francis, Max Pugh, 94 Mins. Find out more here.
     

     

       
    Occupational Health and OCSLD have teamed up to bring you a variety of activities. Slots are filling up quickly so be sure to book below!
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    African Drumming

    1 February 2019

    12:00 - 13:00 

    4 February 2019 

    12:00 - 13:00

    Drama Studio, Headington Hill

    We will introduce one of Africa's most popular drums, the Djembe from West Africa. Experience the joy and power of this ancient art form and discover the drummer within! 

    Book your place here 

    3 Tips for staying well at work 

    29 January 2019

    14:30 - 15:30

    16:00 - 17:00

    30 January 2019

    12:30 - 13:30

    31 January 2019

    10:00 - 11:00

    5 February 2019

    10:00 - 11:00

    6  February 2019

    12:30 - 13:30

     Headington

     

     

    Marston Road

     

    Wheatley

     

    Harcourt Hill

     

    Headington 

     

    Stretch, enjoy sweet smells and relax!

    Learn these three techniques: Desk yoga, essential oils for reducing stress; Body scan. 

    Book your session here

    Tai Chi

    28 January 2019 

    13:00 - 14:00 

    4 February

    13:00 - 14:00

    Headington 

    Garden Room, Buckley

     

    Open your breath, gently strengthen your core, experience inner calm. 

    Book your place here

    The Keys to Resilience 

    1 February 2019

    9:30 - 13:00

    15 February 2019

    9:30 - 13:00

    Headington Hill

    G13

     

     

     

    The following workshop will cover, emotional health and wellbeing and Learning the Keys of Resilience, the knowledge, behaviours, and skills that can enhance resilience. You will identify practical steps they can take to build resilience and build a personalised action plan.

    Book your place here

    Dragon Slaying Stories  

    6 February 2019

    12:30 - 14:00 

    Headington 

    CLC 2.11

    Discover how the stories we tell ourselves shape our brains and how to create your own dragon slaying stories - stories that will boost your energy and confidence at work.

    Book your place here

    Tech in Mental Health

    29 January 2019 

    10:00 - 12:00 

    5 February 2019

    14:00 - 16:00 

     

    Headington Hill

    G11

    Harcourt Hill

    B110

     

    Meet the AI friends that are reshaping our mental health and wellbeing. Is it only humans that can help humans? 

    Book your session here

    Working with Emotions

    29 January 2019

    14:00 - 15:30

     

     

     

    Harcourt Hill

     

     

     

    This workshop looks at ways to use our emotions to help us enhance our sense of well-being. You will explore the purpose of emotions, how to use our awareness of feelings to enhance our understanding and ways to express feelings safely and constructively.


    Book your place here

    Meet the Brookes Coaching Pool 

    30 January 2019

    13:30 - 15:00

     

     

     

    Headington Hill

    G13

     

     

     

    If you are interested in coaching or have been thinking you might benefit from coaching come along to meet the Brookes coaching pool. 

    They will be on hand to share their own experiences of coaching and why they believe it is such a helpful intervention for so many people.

    Book your place now

    Staff can access Brookes Sport classes through a membership or on a pay as you go basis for the same great rate as students. Check out the Brookes Active Get Into timetable for all classes available. 

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    Lunchtime Jive 

    13 February 2019

    12:30 - 13:30

    Headington Sports Centre Studio 

    Learn some Strictly skills with this fun lunchtime jive session ideal for beginners or those with experience.

    Free to attend, to book contact Ian on sportsbookings@brookes.ac.uk

    Step and Vibe Bollywood Dance Session 

    6 February 2019

    12:30 - 13:10 

    Headington Sports Centre Studio 

    Come along and have some fun learning a basic Bollywood dance routine. No natural rhythm or dancing experience required, just enthusiasm and energy.

    Free to attend, to book contact sportsbookings@brookes.ac.uk.

    Staff Swim

    Monday 28th January & 4th February 10:00 - 12:00

    Thursday 31st January & 7th February 13:00 - 14:00

    Friday 1st February & 8th February 20:00 - 21:00

    Saturday 2nd February & 9th February 17:00 - 20:00

    Sunday 3rd February & 10th February 18:00 - 19:00

    Harcourt Hill 

     

     

     

    For a limited time, staff can enjoy free swimming without a membership.

    Staff must join as a non-member online at Brookes Sport.

    For more information please email  sportsbookings@brookes.ac.uk. 

    Staff Yoga

    Mondays and Wednesdays

    12:00 - 13:00 

    The Garden Room, Buckley, Headington 

     

    Stretch and Relax to energise your day. £4.80 PAYG or included in Fitness and All Inclusive memberships.

    Book through Brookes Sport 

    Evening Ballroom and Latin Dancing

    Mondays 

    20:00 - 21:00

    Develop your Strictly skills!

    Develop your Strictly skills! £4.80 PAYG or included in Fitness and All Inclusive memberships.

    Book through Brookes Sport 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     

     

     
     

     

       

    These free 20 minute private consultations offer an opportunity to asses how the choices you make with your lifestyle affect your health and body composition. Using state of the art equipment we will provide you with a full body composition analysis, blood pressure, functional movement test and a lifestyle review, with practical advice on how to improve your health.

    These checks are not designed to replace a consultation with a doctor or other health professional. The results may highlight areas you wish to focus on or seek further guidance.

    Places are limited so booking is essential, please contact Sarah Queralt in Brookes Sport on squeralt@brookes.ac.uk. 

    When    Where Availability 
    11 February 2019

    Swindon 

    8:30 - 13:50

    Slots available
    25 February 2019

    Wheatley

    8:30 - 13:50

    Slots available
    06 February 2019  

    Harcourt Hill Campus - Sports Centre 

    08:30-12:40 

    Slots available

     

    28 January 2019 

    07 February 2019

    Headington - Sports Centre

    8:30 - 12:40

    8:30-12:40

     

    Session full

    Session full

    22 February 2019

    Headington - Sports Centre 

    8:30 - 12:40

    Slots available

     

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    Couch to 5k

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    7 February - 25 April 2019

    Every Thursday 

    13:00 - 14:00 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Headington - meet at Headington Sports Centre

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Led by a qualified run leader, this 12 week course will take you from absolute beginner to being able to run 5km, with a target of taking part in the Harcourt Hill parkrun on Saturday 28 April. The course will start at a very low level with plenty of walking, building gradually each week so that you run for longer periods of time. The course is completely free and the leader is a volunteer member of staff. 

    For more information and booking 

    Mental Health Awareness Course 

     

    4 February 2019

    27 March 2019

    Headington 

    Calling mental health champions - develop a good understanding of common mental health problems and how to help.

    Book your space here.

    Mental Health First Aid course

    31 January 2019 

    1 February 2019  

    Headington

    Mental health first aid - learn how to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis.

    Express interest in this course here.

    6 Weeks of Mindfulness  Various See booking page

    Untangle the mind with kindness. Over the 6 weeks you will develop the tools to understand how to apply mindfulness to your every-day life.

    Book your space here

    DSE Assessors training

    7 February 2019  

    13:30 - 15:30 

    Headington Hill

    G11

     

    Build your confidence as a DSE assessors and practice the skills needed to undertake DSE assessments in the workplace.

     

    Book your space here

           

    The Chaplaincy team organises regular events throughout the academic year. Events are open to everyone - both students and staff, and for people of any faith or no faith. View the full timetable here

     What When  Where  Details 
    International English Club

    Mondays

    19:45 

    Garden Room (BCK.G.20)  Games and activities designed to help you practise English and have a bit of fun. All welcome.  
    Meditation for Relaxation

    Tuesdays

    12:00

    Garden Room (BCK.G.20)   A non-denominational directed breathing meditation for relaxation.
    Crafternoon Tea

    Wednesdays 

    13:00 - 15:00 

    Garden Room (BCK.G.20)    Drop in for craft and a chat. Bring your own project, learn a new skill, or just come for a cuppa and a chat. All welcome.
    Ideas Cafe

    Thursdays 

    17:00 

    Garden Room (BCK.G.20)   Ask questions about life, death, and everything in between in a safe space with excellent coffee. All voices and views are welcome. 
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