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GloW Gloucestershire Wellbeing - Positive actions for better mental wellbeing
Positive actions for better mental health
Gloucestershire Health and Wellbeing Board's commitment for better mental health.
Named GloW, for Gloucestershire Wellbeing, the commitment sets out what it takes to promote good mental health and wellbeing and help prevent mental illness. Organisations that sign up to GloW are asked to take action to promote positive change.
The aim is to create a countywide movement promoting good mental health for all, by focusing on all the contributing factors and taking actions that will make a difference. Many things can have an impact on a person's mental wellbeing; including housing, employment, food and social life.
Health and wellbeing board members and partners have pledged their actions in support of the commitment.
The GloW commitment is the local response to Public Health England’s Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health which has been rolled out across the country.
Organisations signed up to the commitment and their pledges:
2gether NHS Foundation Trust
Every employee within the Trust has a right to regular supervision. Supervision should be a balance between performance management and pastoral support. As such Trust supervision policies should include specific statements about supporting the individuals ‘emotional health and wellbeing’ and this should be recorded to include agreed actions where an individual is observed to be struggling. We will, therefore, review our local policies and amend them to reflect a commitment that managers will proactively enquire and support staff emotional health and wellbeing.
Provide mental health and physical activity awareness training across the county and train an office champion in mental health first aid.
Age UK Gloucestershire
Age UK Gloucestershire is committed to offering older people an opportunity to improve and sustain mental wellbeing through peer to peer support and activity. AUKG will further build on its Springboard Group hub model, promoting and supporting the growth of groups available to older people across Gloucestershire. Older people will gain opportunities to work within the Springboard Groups and with other local community organisations to rebuild their own resilience and offer encouragement to others.
Cheltenham Borough Council
Cheltenham Borough Council will work with partners under the Heads Up Cheltenham initiative to raise awareness of the 5 ways to wellbeing, culminating on 10 October in communities across the Town taking part in 5 ways to wellbeing activities to celebrate World Mental Health Day.
Cheltenham Borough Homes Ltd
We are committed to promoting and supporting mental wellbeing for CBH colleagues and tenants through the 5 Ways to Wellbeing.
Our specialist/trained teams support people out in communities, providing advice and guidance on issues that could affect their health and wellbeing. Internally, our 16 qualified Mental Health First Aiders are a recent addition to a network of relevant support for our colleagues which promotes good mental health in the workplace.
We will continue to build on our existing work across the business and within local communities, while working proactively with our partners to help to make Cheltenham a better place to live.
To support the positive mental wellbeing of all Cloudtamers staff the Directors will:
- Continue to provide an environment where individuals matter
- Continue to ensure staff reviews encourage all parties to record struggles as well as successes
- Continue to keep their office door open (whenever possible) and regularly reinforce that this physical act is a reflection of a real “open-door” attitude
- Never make growth and profitability objectives, but the by-products of a positive and successful work environment
- Introduce a scheme whereby employees can receive free or subsidised access to private healthcare which includes counselling.
Cotswold District Council
Cotswold District Council understands the importance of good mental health and wellbeing. We encourage open and honest conversation about mental wellbeing to remove stigma, raise awareness of our sources of support and to encourage positive action. Staff share their experiences and thoughts through our monthly staff forum and through our regular staff wellbeing surveys. We have achieved the foundation level of the Gloucestershire Healthy Workplace Accreditation and we currently have an application underway for the ‘enhanced’ level of the award. We are in the process of setting up a professionally trained network of Mental Health First Aiders, at all levels of seniority, who will offer a friendly listening ear for those who need to talk. This is on top of the professional counselling that’s on offer through our employee assistance programme. We provide a free weekly lunchtime exercise class for staff, and we ask our managers to include wellbeing as a priority topic on their team meeting agendas.
Elim considers the impact of our policies, procedures and/or decisions on people’s mental health and wellbeing and will explore how we might mitigate negative impacts and promote positive ones. Elimdeliver our services using a psychologically informed model called YOUR BEST MOVE. We do this by working with a strength-based approach, working with partners to ensure mental wellbeing is considered in decisions, policy and practice, as well as encouraging the use of evidence-based interventions to promote mental wellbeing for all. Our aim is to co-produce goals with people we work with to improve their socio-economic status by involvement with pre-employment activity such as training and/or accessing employment.
Elim ensure staff working with tenants have a clear understanding of ACES and are fully equipped to deliver trauma-informed support interventions. We support our tenants by ensuring our staff access all mental health training and development courses available such as Mental Health First Aid. Elim recognises staff emotional wellbeing is critical and promote this by delivering regular supervision, reflective practice for staff, and investment in an employee assistance programme.
As a Construction Company, EMG Limited will endeavour to communicate to our workforce the importance of Mental Health, recognising the signs of a struggling individual and offering support and guidance.
To enable EMG Limited to commit to our pledge, we will:
- Provide all Foreman with Mental Health First Aider training.
- Provide all aspects of Mental Health awareness training to all of our workforce.
- Partake in annual Mental Health Campaigns, the first campaign being the Mental Health Awareness Week on 13 May 2019. This is where all of our workforce will be provided with Wellbeingpacks and a Hi-Viz Vest with the Time to Talk Time to Change contact number on the back.
- Signpost on all of our construction sites, an array of local and national charities that can offer support and guidance for all aspects of Mental Health.
- Distribute monthly newsletters, emails and toolbox talks to all of our workforce discussing mental Health topics.
As an organisation which works with many people with mental and physical health conditions, it concurs with our approach to work. Two of our staff have already undertaken mental health first aid training and would encourage others to do so. We commit to continuing to work with people with mental health issues to enable them to lead fulfilling and productive lives through time banking and activities within the community.
Forest of Dean District Council
Forest of Dean District Council understands the importance of good mental health and wellbeing. We encourage open and honest conversation about mental wellbeing to remove stigma, raise awareness of our sources of support and to encourage positive action. Staff share their experiences and thoughts through our monthly staff forum and through our regular staff wellbeing surveys. We have achieved the foundation level of the Gloucestershire Healthy Workplace Accreditation and we currently have an application underway for the ‘enhanced’ level of the award. We are in the process of setting up a professionally trained network of Mental Health First Aiders, at all levels of seniority, who will offer a friendly listening ear for those who need to talk. This is on top of the professional counselling that’s on offer through our employee assistance programme. We provide a free weekly lunchtime exercise class for staff, and we ask our managers to include wellbeing as a priority topic on their team meeting agendas.
GFirst LEP will continue the work of raising awareness of both wellbeing at work and mental health awareness, ensuring there is no stigma in our workplace. We will do this both for our own staff and the businesses/organisations we work with, across a variety of communication channels, ensuring our staff stay well and are mentally healthy.
Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust
To continue supporting our colleagues' mental health and wellbeing, we will implement a series of stress management interventions aimed at improving working conditions and individual coping strategies to improve both employee wellbeing and organisational outcomes.
Gloucester City Council
- We will provide Mental Health First Aid training to our Members, Staff and Volunteers
- In continuing our journey to becoming a dementia-friendly council, we commit to ensure that 70%of our staff and members are ‘Dementia Friends’ by March 2019
- We will train appropriate front-line services to recognise and respond appropriately to AdverseChildhood Experiences (ACEs) by March 2019
- In designing our customer-facing spaces, we will ensure that these are physiologically informed and meet the requirements of residents with mental health conditions."
Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group will continue to work with partners to promote the importance of addressing the determinants of mental wellbeing, through embedding the work of GloWwithin the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Gloucestershire. We will lead the implementation of this new strategy which will ensure that promoting wellbeing for all and preventing mental illness will be a priority across Gloucestershire.
The Constabulary is committed to promoting and supporting the positive physical and mental health and wellbeing of our staff and volunteers. We will achieve this by implementing a structured programme of evidence-based activity that develops supportive leaders and impacts positively on all aspects that contribute to the wellness of our people. Locally all activity will be co-ordinated through our Supportive Leadership & Wellbeing Steering Group and nationally all of our activity will be assessed through our MIND (mental health) action plan and through the Emergency ServicesBlue Light (Oscar-Kilo) Wellbeing Framework.
Gloucestershire County Council
Gloucestershire County Council is committed to promoting the mental wellbeing of the population of Gloucestershire. We will do this through working with partners to ensure mental wellbeing is considered in decisions, policy and practice, as well as encouraging the use of evidence-based interventions to promote mental wellbeing for all. We will further support partners by offering the Mental Health First Aid training course free of charge to employees of organisations signed up to the Gloucestershire Commitment.
Gloucestershire Gateway Trust
Gloucestershire Gateway Trust has pledged to promote good mental health to our staff, volunteers, community partners and all people in our target communities. We have Mental Health First Aid trained staff and will continue to offer the opportunity to other colleagues in order to progress the understanding of mental health amongst our team.
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust
We commit to re-launch our Schwartz round programme. Organisations that run a Schwartz round programme deliver benefits to patients and staff.
Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service
To openly tackle the stigma around mental health and continue working to recognise the impact on emergency service workers and improve preventative interventions.
Gloucestershire VCS Alliance
The VCS Alliance will pledge to promote good mental health within the voluntary and community sector via our communications platforms.
In addition, our annual event this year will be held on WorldMental Health Day (10th October) and will provide the opportunity for the VCS to showcase the work that they do which promotes good mental health and wellbeing.
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust will offer mental health awareness training to our staff.
Gloucestershire Young Carers
A unanimous decision has been taken by all staff present that a weekly ‘Bring Your (well behaved) Dog to Work Day’ would encourage staff to connect and keep active (encouraging lunchtime dog walks along the country lane near our office).
We have also been discussing having a mental wellbeing champion on our Board of Trustees so will plough ahead with discussing that with the wider board in the hope that we implement something meaningful.
GreenSquare Housing Support
We have made a commitment to have a number of trained Mental Health First Aiders with our workplaces, alongside a Mental Health Champion. We ensure we have well-trained staff who are able to provide informed, good quality support to our clients whilst working in an environment that promotes positive mental wellbeing.
Hartpury University & Hartpury College
Hartpury University and Hartpury College are committed to promoting the mental health and wellbeing of all our students and staff by raising awareness through our annual Wellfest event aimed at keeping young people happy, healthy and safe and through our commitment to the ‘Time to Change’ pledge. Mental health and wellbeing are fully embedded within Hartpury’s overarching and enabling strategies.
Hope Support Service
Five Ways to Wellbeing and Tea & Talk event
Inclusion Gloucestershire is committed to promoting and supporting the mental wellbeing of staff and members by appropriately training staff (including in Mental Health First Aid), providing a safe and supportive environment to discuss mental health, and providing people with mental health needs a strong voice through initiatives such as MHELO. Our focus is championing people of all ages, whatever their disability, including people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, sensory impairment and mental ill-health.
Infobuzz pledge to continue providing a range of sessions designed to support the personal, social and mental health education for young people and their families in Gloucestershire. We will support families with complex needs and encourage them to use self-help skills for improved wellbeing.
JD Norman (Lydney) Ltd
Our pledge is to increase awareness of mental health and wellbeing at work and educate our team members through easy to access available information and to provide regular training to help tackle and lower discrimination and stigma to hopefully achieve a positive environment to our site.
To make and share a collection of ‘tear and share’ posters to promote each of the five ways to wellbeing for use in the workplace or any public area.
Look Again Mindful Photography
Look Again’s Director, Ruth Davey is Mental Health First Aid trained. I will encourage collaborators to consider receiving the training as well.
Look Again uses the 5-Ways Too Wellbeing as a core part of its Mindful Photography workshops, courses and training.
Look Again helps spread the word about Mental Health support available in Gloucestershire by sharing into from MHELO, AlexandraWellbeing House and Time to Talk during workshops, courses, projects and stands at events.
Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre
Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre is committed to promoting the mental health and wellbeing of all our students and staff by raising awareness through our PSHE programme, our outstanding pastoral team and as a Trail Blazer school. The focus and value of positive mental health and wellbeing of the whole school is embedded within Newent's strategies. Newent Community School was the first secondary school to achieve the GHLL Mental Health Champion Award, we will continue to promote positive lifestyles.
Newent Town Council
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
To commit to Mental health first aid training within the OPCC.
P3 - People Potential Possibilities
Within p3 we have set up a Health and Wellbeing steering group with local champions to take a lead and filter down through the organization things that can be done to positively promote mental wellbeing for staff and all people who use our services. P3 have put together a wellbeing calendar which focuses on key events throughout the year and actively encourage everybody to get involved.
At PATA we are committed to supporting our wider community to be mindful of, and to promote, wellbeing and good mental health through training, best practice working, and awareness-raising. We strive to encourage all those involved in childcare and early education to create safe spaces where staff and families feel comfortable and supported and this ethos is extended to our own staff team. Our pledge is to ensure a board member takes on the role of wellbeing champion so it is an embedded part of our organisational culture.
Prospect Training Services (Gloucester) Ltd
Prospect Training Services (Gloucester) Ltd are committed to promoting good health and wellbeing for all of our learners, customers and staff. We will ensure each of our centres has nominated Mental Health First Aider. We will also continue to promote awareness of Mental Health throughout our Personal and Social Development Curriculum.
Publica understands the importance of good mental health and wellbeing. We encourage open and honest conversation about mental wellbeing to remove stigma, raise awareness of our sources of support and to encourage positive action. Staff share their experiences and thoughts through our monthly staff forum and through our regular staff wellbeing surveys. We have achieved the foundation level of the Gloucestershire Healthy Workplace Accreditation and we currently have an application underway for the ‘enhanced’ level of the award. We are in the process of setting up a professionally trained network of Mental Health First Aiders, at all levels of seniority, who will offer a friendly listening ear for those who need to talk. This is on top of the professional counselling that’s on offer through our employee assistance programme. We provide a free weekly lunchtime exercise class for staff, and we ask our managers to include wellbeing as a priority topic on their team meeting agendas.
Saracen Care Services Ltd
Saracen Care Services Ltd is committed to promoting the mental health and wellbeing of their staff, and the individuals which they support. We recognise that mental health and wellbeing is everyone’s business and that leadership is key in preventing the development of mental ill-health through prevention. We will raise awareness of mental health supports, teams and services for both staff and people who we support, including within the voluntary and community sector. Saracen Care Ltd will participate in local and national campaigns and will offer training in mental health and wellbeing. For staff, we will co-produce initiatives to enhance wellbeing such as a Bike to Work Scheme, Psychology Support and subsidised gym membership and exercise classes. We have two Mental HealthAmbassadors within the organisation who are trained mental health first aiders. Their role will be formally launched to support and guide people to promote the mentality of “It’s okay not to be okay”.
Severn Vale Housing
We have set up a Health and Wellbeing group within our organisation, the group will positively promote mental wellbeing and will run awareness campaigns including supporting National Work-LifeWeek, World Mental Health Day, National Stress Awareness Day and Eating Disorder Week.
We pledge to continue supporting the mental wellbeing of colleagues, patients and members of the local community. Through regular training and working closely with other organisations including MHFA England, St John's Ambulance, DWP and the Gem Project we will help to increase awareness and ensure that mental wellbeing remains part of our ethos here at Specsavers Cheltenham
Enable and support our Wellbeing Champions so that they can signpost staff to necessary resources.
To improve our working environment by encouraging feedback from all employees.
To continue to build a workforce community and offer social opportunities.
To always show empathy and work with our colleagues to have successful outcomes to any issues they face.
Stroud and Cotswold Citizens Advice Bureau
Citizens Advice Stroud and Cotswolds will raise awareness of mental health in the workplace, and tackle stigma and discrimination through the involvement of mental health ambassadors. We will deliver in-house training events and participate in local and national campaigns which will lead toa positive attitude to mental health within our organisation.
Stroud District Council
To provide a council-wide focus for mental health and wellbeing by appointing Councillors as MentalHealth Champions.
Stroud Valleys Project
We will commit to helping people get out into the fresh air and the natural environment. We will provide them with supportive environments and inclusive project officers. Spending time in nature has been found to help with mental health problems including anxiety and depression. (Mind 2018)
Ten2Two firmly believe that a better work-life balance contributes not only to an individual's own mental health and wellbeing but also to greater commitment, loyalty and retention of staff for the business. Ten2Two pledge to seek out and support those businesses who support flexible working and continue to encourage as many employers as possible to adopt this way of working.
Tewkesbury Borough Council
Tewkesbury Borough Council will think about the impact of our policies and/or decision on people’s mental health and wellbeing and will explore how we might mitigate negative impacts and promote positive ones. We will look into using a mental health impact assessment or look at building in one or two questions to existing checklists that support our staff and organisation to think about mental health and wellbeing.
The Federation of Newent Schools
We are Mental Health Champions and we will continue to promote this in our school. We also pledge to continue to be an inclusive school in which children are able to feel safe and respected. We will continue to teach children about personal, emotional and social aspects of life age-appropriately and train all staff on Mental Health and what it means for our school.
Tidal Training Ltd.
Tidal Training Ltd pledges to raise awareness of mental health, remove stigmas and educate the healthcare and wider business sectors about mental health through inclusive and informative training and education.
Young Gloucestershire will support young people with their mental health and provide opportunities to develop self-help skills and improve wellbeing.