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      Feel Good Festival

      29 January - 9 February 2018

  • Feel Good Festival 2018! 

    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 delivery team includes colleagues from Brookes Active, Occupational Health, OCSLD, Human Resources, Catering, staff experience and social responsibility.

    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.

  • What When Where Details
    Positive Psychology for Wellbeing and Succes open lecture 31 January
    6.00 - 7.00PM
    JHBB Lecture Theatre  Claire Burgess will explore some key elements of Positive Psychology and the links that have been found between a positive mindset, resilience, wellbeing and success. Book your free ticket here.
    The Psychology of Dance open lecture 7 February
    6.00 - 7.00PM 
    JHBB Lecture Theatre  Dr Peter Lovatt (AKA Dr Dance) will talk about the relationship between movement, health, hormones and thinking. Book your free ticket here.
    Screening of Crossing Bhutan 

    8 February  

    7.00 - 9.00PM 

    JHBB Lecture Theatre  Crossing Bhutan tells the story of four veteran athletes' journey to explore Bhutan's enigmatic policy of Gross National Happiness by making the first 485-mile, border-to-border crossing of this isolated kingdom entirely by foot and bike. Book your free ticket here.
    What When Where Details
    Indian head massage workshop

    29 January

    4.00 - 5.00pm 

    30 January

    12.00 - 12.50pm

    31 January

    1.30 - 2.30

    1 February

    12.00 - 1.00pm

    2 February

    12.00 -1.00 

    Swindon 

    room TBC

    Headington 

    room TBC

    Marston Road  

    room TBC

    Harcourt Hill 

    room TBC

    Wheatley Campus

    room TBC 

     

    Indian head massage has been used for thousands of years as an effective way to relax and revitalise. In this workshop you will learn a simple but comprehensive series of strokes applied to the head, shoulder, back, neck and arm areas.

    The methods are designed to promote relaxation and to relieve stress-related muscle tension. It helps to increase concentration and memory, alleviates headaches, neck and back pain and eases the stress often associated with the working at a desk. It can then be used to share with other friends and family. Book your free ticket here

    Tips for staying well at work workshop 

    29 January

    3.00 - 4.00pm

    6 February

    12.00 -12.50pm

    7 February

    12.00 -1.00pm

    8 February 

    12.00 - 1.00pm

    Swindon

    Room TBC

    Headington

    FH108

    Marston Road

    Room TBC

    Harcourt Hill

    Room TBC

    Learn 5 simple exercises that touch on fundamental principles aimed at boosting mental, physical and psychological well-being. You will learn these practical and effective tools to embed into your daily life inviting you to become more focused, confident and kinder. Build on your foundations of ‘wellness’ and grow strong.

    (Techniques: Tapping; Joint Freeing; Breathing; Gratitude and Appreciation; Body Scan)

    Book your free ticket here
    An introduction to foraging around campus 

    31 January 

    12.15 - 1.15pm

    5 February

    12.15 -1.15pm

    8 February

    12.15 - 1.15pm

    Headington campus. Meet at the JHB reception

    Wheatley Campus. Meet in front of main entrance reception

    Harcourt Hill Campus. Meet in front of Brookes Union

    Foraging is an ancient practice that is once again gaining popularity both as a source of 'wild' food and a way to better connect with our natural environment. This is a 60 minute walk with lots of stops that will provide an introduction to foraging and the plants, trees and fungi that can be found on our campuses.
    Places are strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment:

    Headington - fully booked

    Wheatley - book your space here

    Harcourt Hill - book your space here

    Collaboration workshop 

    1 February

    10.00am-12.00pm

     

    Headington Campus

     room TBC 

    This bitesize workshop explores collaboration and introduces three different techniques to improve collaboration and decision-making. It is highly practical and fun.  Book your free ticket here

    Developing your creativity, the artist's way

    2 February 
    10.00am-12.00pm

    Headington Campus

    room TBC

    Based on Julia Cameron's book, the Artist's Way, this workshop introduces tools to improve creativity including morning pages and artist's date. The approach is based on the basic premise that we are all creative beings, that our creative yearnings come from a divine source and that people become creative by allowing themselves to be creative.  Book your free ticket here
    Relaxation Workshop

    6 February

    12.00 - 1.00pm

    Headington Campus

    room TBC

    In this short session, Valerie Fawcett will provide an overview of the benefits of relaxation and then guide participants through a relaxation exercise designed to invoke the relaxation response. This will be an exercise which participants will then be able to reproduce for themselves.  Book your free ticket here
    Dealing with grief while at work

    8 February

    1.00-2.30pm

     

    Garden Room, Chaplaincy, Headington Campus Kate Harford (Brookes' Chaplain) and Kathy Greethurst (OCSLD Consultant) will provide a safe place for staff to come and talk about whatever is on their mind about death and share stories about the loss of their loved ones. Tea and cake will be provided. Afterwards, staff have the option to stay on for half an hour for quiet reflection time. Book your free place here
    Experience Coaching skills

    5 February 

    12.00 - 2.00pm

    Headington Campus

    JHB 201

    A group of colleagues who are trainee coaches on the ILM Coaching Level 3 course invite you to a taster session to experience workplace coaching in sessions of 20 minutes. They will be demonstrating the sort of listening and questioning skills that are used in coaching and hoping to show that coaching can open out your thinking to new perspectives - so that you can develop your own energy and creativity to tackle work-based issues.

    The team will work confidentially with you in the coaching style.

    This is a drop-in session, you can arrive at any time between 12pm and 1.40pm. You may discover through this experience that you wish to undertake the training yourself and the team present running this event can signpost you to the right contact in OCSLD for further information about training courses in coaching. 

    Brookes Sport offers a broad selection of classes. Staff can access them through a membership or on a pay as you go basis for the same great rate as students. Find full timetables at www.brookes.ac.uk/brookes-sport - booking essential.

    What When Where Details
    Ballroom dancing 

    29 January & 5 February

    8.00pm 

    Headington Sports Centre Studio  Book through Brookes Sport 
    Staff only yoga 

    29 January, 1 February, 5 February & 8 February  

    12.00pm

    Buckley Chaplaincy  Book through Brookes Sport 
    Staff & student yoga

    31 January & 7 February

    12.00pm

    1 February & 8 February

    6.00pm 

    Marston Road

    Room MGR31

    Harcourt Hill Studio

     

    Book through Brookes Sport 
    Yogalates 

    30 January & 6 February

    1.05pm 

    Headington Sports Centre Studio  Book through Brookes Sport 
    Pilates 

    30 January & 6 February

    12.30pm

    31 January & 7 February

    6.30pm

    2 February & 9 February

    6.00pm

    Harcourt Hill Studio  Book through Brookes Sport 

    CrossFit (beginners)

     

     

    CrossFit (all levels)

    30 January & 6 February

    5.00pm

    2 February & 9 February

    12.30pm

    Headington Sports Centre Main Hall Book through Brookes Sport 
    Latin dancing

    2 February & 9 February

    8.15pm

    Headington Sports Centre Studio Book through Brookes Sport 
    Lunchtime Jive

    7 February 

    12.30pm

    Headington Sports Centre Studio Whether you've two left feet or you're a Strictly Star, come along and learn to Jive. No partner required. Capacity is limited so please sign up here

    These 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.  

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    Couch to 5k 

    7 February 

    Every Wednesday

    1.15 - 2.00pm

    8 February

    Every Thursday

    1.00  - 2.00pm

    Wheatley - meet at the Wheatley Gym (Simon Williams Centre) 

    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. Book your place here:

    Wheatley couch to 5k

    Headington couch to 5k

    Yoga course  8 February, 4.45pm  Swindon Campus, G.14 This is a 6 week course over which you will learn to connect with your body and mind providing relaxation, strength and flexibility. The six week course costs £27. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Book your place here
    Mental Health First Aid course Various See booking page  Mental health problems are common. People often have little understanding of mental health or mental health problems, although they may be aware of the associated stigma. Some people may lack the insight to realise that they need help or that help is available, or if they come across someone who is suffering with a mental health problem they may not know how to respond. Mental Health First Aid is the help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is obtained. Express interest in this course here.
    6-week Mindfulness course Various See booking page

    Mindfulness can help us increase awareness and subsequently make more skillful choices in our everyday lives. When we are more present, we are often more aware, less reactive and can make decisions from a stronger, clearer place.

    Mindfulness helps to reduce stress, enhances focus, increases self-awareness and awareness of others, enables you to communicate more clearly and feel more relaxed and at ease. 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

    12 March - new date!

    9.30am-2.00pm

    Headington Campus

    FH101 Lecture Theatre

    The session aims to ensure DSE assessors are confident and competent to undertake DSE assessments in the workplace and are able to:

    • Explore and challenge when undertaking a DSE assessment
    • Identify the range of interventions and outcomes available following an assessment
    • Explore and review each part of the assessment with a focus particularly on the chair
    • Identify on-going development and support needs of employee

    Book your space here

     

    6-week OurPath course   Sign up by 9 February Take part from your home, get support online. OurPath is designed to help people lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle by building better habits around food, exercise and wellbeing. Using technology, daily mentoring and structured education, as well as behavioural change techniques, users are encouraged to change their lifestyle in a sustainable way. The plan consists of a 6 week core programme focusing on nutrition, activity and wellbeing followed by a programme to sustain improvements.
    Last year with the help of OurPath, one Brookes colleague lost 7kg and dropped their body fat percentage by 4%.
    Once again we are offering a significant discount for Brookes staff.  Find out more and request your discount code here
    What When Where Details
    Meditation for relaxation

    Every Tuesday

    12.00pm

    Every Thursday

    5.00pm

    Headington Campus

    Chaplaincy, BCK G.20 

    A non-denominational directed breathing meditation for relaxation.



    Crafternoon Tea

    Every Wednesday

    1.00pm

    Headington Campus

    Chaplaincy, 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.
    Soul feast

    Every Wednesday

    12.00pm

    Headington Campus

    Chaplaincy, BCK G.20 

    Reflective Christian worship.
    Friday prayer

    Every Friday

    1.00pm

    Headington Campus

    Chaplaincy, BCK G.20  

    Jummah led by the Muslim Chaplain with Brookes Union Islamic Society
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