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Health and Wellbeing

The health and well­be­ing of our whole col­lege com­mu­ni­ty to incred­i­bly impor­tant to us and we take it extreme­ly seriously.

In 2019, the Col­lege signed up to the up to a brand new nation­al men­tal health and well­be­ing char­ter — cre­at­ed by the Asso­ci­a­tion of Col­leges in con­junc­tion with men­tal health experts.

The 11-point doc­u­ment includes com­mit­ments to: 

  • Pro­mot­ing equal­i­ty of oppor­tu­ni­ty and chal­leng­ing men­tal health stigma 
  • Pro­vid­ing appro­pri­ate men­tal health train­ing for staff 
  • Pro­vid­ing tar­get­ed indi­vid­ual men­tal health sup­port where appropriate 

This char­ter is as much about pro­mot­ing health and well­be­ing amongst our stu­dent body as it is with our staff and since this char­ter was signed the Col­lege has estab­lished a well­be­ing strat­e­gy group to take both staff and stu­dent well­be­ing ini­tia­tives forward. 

All staff at Not­ting­ham Col­lege have access to a Well­be­ing Hub – a hive of infor­ma­tion, advice and sup­port to encour­age men­tal health aware­ness as well as plen­ty of resources to sup­port staff in safe­guard­ing their own phys­i­cal and men­tal wellbeing. 

Events and cafés

The Col­lege runs count­less events every year, many of which cor­re­late to the days and weeks which have been des­ig­nat­ed as spe­cial days in our nation­al and inter­na­tion­al cal­en­dars. We hold reg­u­lar events and CPD activ­i­ties links to World Health Day, Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week, Nation­al Time to Talk Day, Nation­al Car­ers’ Day and much much more.

In addi­tion the Col­lege has estab­lished small­er and more inti­mate café style events to sup­port staff who may be expe­ri­enc­ing sim­i­lar life experiences. 

Carers Café

We recognise that for many of our staff, coming to work represents only one of their jobs and responsibilities. For some they are caring for sick or elderly relatives, or in some cases, spouses. For others, they have children have additional and specific care needs. Balancing both can be difficult and stressful and at Nottingham College, we’re committed to providing our staff with support and care just for them.

In 2019 we held a carers’ café to bring staff members together so that they could share experiences, talk to one another and draw on each other for advice, support and friendship. This was a resounding success and we’re committed to not only facilitating more support for carers, but launch new cafes to ensure staff with shared experiences can come together and help each other.

Menopause café

In 2019 Nottingham College set aside old and outdated taboos and held its first menopause café, recognising that for those approaching, going through or coming out the other side of menopause, their world is different.

It was a hugely popular event, with many simply reaching out to know that they were not alone, but importantly, for Nottingham College, we were able to understand and implement changes that could support those going through such a significant life change and put in place new resources, processes and policies to support.

We’re committed to continuing to support those who took part and the many more that have shown an interest as a result.

Time to Talk

We’re a large college, currently located across 10 campus sites. We can often spend years knowing someone remotely, perhaps over email or over the phone, but never face to face. At Nottingham College we realised that this needed to change.

In early 2020, to coincide with National Time to Talk Day, we held a pilot event at our Beeston campus, to bring together around 200 staff from across the campus for a morning of tea, coffee, homemade cakes and refreshments, a few games, but importantly, uninterrupted chat! This downtime and space to network and get to know the face to the name was vitally important for Nottingham College’s One Team ethos.

Throughout 2020 and beyond we’re planning a series of Time to Talk events to enable all staff to have the time to get up from their desks, come out of their office and socialise, even just for a little while,with friends and colleagues.

Employee Assistance Helpline

The Col­lege pro­vides a free helpline which offers con­fi­den­tial advice and sup­port to staff who may be expe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­cul­ties at work or at home. 

This ser­vice offers access to free coun­selling, finan­cial advice, sup­port with addic­tion, rela­tion­ship break­downs, health mat­ters, work wor­ries and much more. Col­leagues can access this ser­vice online or over the phone and its avail­able 247.

Mental Health First Aid

The Col­lege pro­vides a free helpline which offers con­fi­den­tial advice and sup­port to staff who may be expe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­cul­ties at work or at home. 

This ser­vice offers access to free coun­selling, finan­cial advice, sup­port with addic­tion, rela­tion­ship break­downs, health mat­ters, work wor­ries and much more. Col­leagues can access this ser­vice online or over the phone and its avail­able 247.

Health, fitness and time to yourself

Through its ben­e­fits scheme Not­ting­ham Col­lege pro­motes a range of addi­tion­al health and fit­ness advan­tages. We offer a dis­count­ed mem­ber­ship pack­age to Not­ting­ham City Coun­cil owned gym and leisure facil­i­ties. There are eight to choose from so whether it’s a swim, a class or a gym ses­sion, we have it cov­ered for just £24.99 per month.

As a Not­ting­ham Col­lege employ­ee you are eli­gi­ble for a staff, dis­count­ed plan with Sim­ply Health, each specif­i­cal­ly designed to cov­er your opti­cal and den­tal needs and any new med­ical con­di­tions. You will also be cov­ered for any time spent in the hos­pi­tal or recuperating.

We also pro­vide staff mem­bers with the option to buy addi­tion­al annu­al leave, impor­tant for those days you choose to spend by your­self or with loved ones to pro­vide addi­tion­al rest and recu­per­a­tion should you ever need it.