Make the most of the free activities on offer for Wellbeing week

Published on 13 March 13

There are still plenty of free activities for you to get involved with before Wellbeing Week ends on Friday 15th March


Wellbeing week is an annual event which aims to encourage staff and students to consider the factors which contribute to their overall wellbeing, in order to create a healthy and happy community in which to work and study.

"Wellbeing Week started in 2008, with just 8 activities on the timetable. Demand has increased year on year and as a result the programme and stakeholder group has grown considerably."

Gail Heathcote-Milner, Sport Development Officer

Wellbeing Week also highlights the ongoing services within the University that are available to staff and students. The stakeholder group consists of representatives from SPORT, the Counselling Service, Human Resources, Occupational Health, Equality and Diversity, Students’ Union, Staff Training and Development Unit and Health and Safety Services.

"I think it’s really good to have a week devoted to highlighting the many different aspects of wellbeing. Students are faced with so many pressures so providing an opportunity to try out different techniques to look after our wellbeing is really useful. Whether it’s physical, mental or financial, there are loads of events that students can take part in – this isn’t just something being offered to university staff."

Cat Gray – Student Wellbeing Officer

Activities are designed to be active, informative, interactive or educational and are delivered in a variety of formats including workshops, events and discussions or seminars. As well as the popular exercise classes, meditation sessions and MOT health checks that regularly feature on the programme, this year’s highlights include Sitting Volleyball taster, Hypnotherapy taster, demonstrations by the Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service and a lecture on Women Scientists from Manchester’s history.

Our top picks

Here are just a few of the activities that you can still take part in

Be active

All fitness classes at the Sugden Sports Centre are free from 11-17 March with a Wellbeing Week ticket (drop-in with ticket)

Give It a Go Cycling & Wellbeing LIVE – Thursday 14th March at University Place (drop – in anytime between 11am – 3pm)

Free Student Swim – Manchester Aquatics Centre Wednesday 13th March (drop-in from 9am-5pm with ticket)

Comic Relief Netball tournament – Friday 15th March at Sugden Sports Centre (book in advance on website)

Sitting Volleyball introduction (for disabled and abled students and staff) – Thursday 14 March Sugden Sports Centre (book in advance on website)

Be Calm

Dr Who? Understanding the Relationahip with Academic Supervisor – Wednesday 13th March 2013 Uni Place Room 4.209 (drop-in with ticket)

Groups and how to work at your best – Friday 15 March – University Place Room 2.219 (drop-in with ticket)

Chill out and relax room (beanbags, eye masks and soothing music) – Students Union Room 5 everyday (drop-in anytime between 9-6pm

Be healthy

Healthy Meals for Under a Fiver – Cooking demo Thursday 14 March – EATS Restaurant Uni Place (drop-in with ticket)

Be safe

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Kitchen Fire demo – Tuesday 19th March Owens Park (drop by anytime between 11am – 3pm)

These are just a few of the upcoming events, there are loads of different activities you can get involved with for free so make sure you have a look at what’s available online and book your place.

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