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Guest Blog: Encouraging Wellbeing in the Workplace

17 May 2019 by UKFast

Tricia 2For our final blog of the week, we’re hearing from Tech Manchester’s Patricia Keating. Why is encouraging wellness and mental health awareness so important for businesses today? And what went on at this week’s Wellness Festival at UKFast Campus?

Let’s see what Patricia had to say.


Having resilient businesses and leaders is critical to Manchester’s commercial success.  On Monday 13th May, for Mental Health Awareness Week, we were delighted to partner with UKFast to bring together wellness experts from across the North West for our Wellness Festival.

The purpose of the event was to provide information and support to the SME community looking for ways to support their employees. Across the day, 122 attendees came along to attend 17 different workshops, complemented with an exhibition and one-to-one experiences.

Check out the highlights of the event and photos of the day.

Expert talks

The day kicked off with a popular session from Maria Mander of Mander Wellbeing on managing stress, time management and resilience in the classroom. Meanwhile, in the auditorium, UKFast Wellness Coach Joe Wright took attendees through a floorwork stretching session for circulation, flexibility and wellness.

Workshops followed throughout the day with a variety of sessions. Aurora Wellness talked guests through understanding productivity blocks and links between personality profiles and wellness. Nutrition and wellbeing was explained by Charlotte Pickles Nutrition, as well as sleep, anxiety and wellbeing by forensic psychologist Aidan Kearny.

There were also employer sessions looking at duty of care responsibilities for mental health, top-to-toe body care, as well as a talk on an upcoming report – Managing Mental Health in Changing Business Models: Remote Working in SMEs – courtesy of the Institute of Directors.

The practical zone

In the practical zone, attendees had the opportunity to try out office yoga and anti-anxiety breathing, meditation, courtesy of the Unicorn and Co., as well as Vinyasa and Yin yoga sessions with Cariad Yoga.

The exhibition zone

In the expo area, exhibitors included mental health support organisations Andy’s Man Club and Able Futures. There were also one-to-one sessions provided by In-House Health, and BMI, heart age, CVD risk and posture analysis by ASthetics.

Also with us for the day was veteran Craig Monaghan from Sale Sharks – who leads their free mental health sessions for businesses – Emi Howes, M&S Ambassador for cancer survival, and BOD Equality who spoke about the body image.

Amazing feedback

There was amazing feedback on social media during and after the festival. For any of you who would like to check it out, we have re-shared everything on the Tech Manchester LinkedIn and Facebook pages so you can follow the conversation there!

We have also curated a collection of Mental health resources for you and also resources to support employers for mental health initiatives.

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