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Top tips and resources for wellbeing

Furthermore, additional support is available for employees including:

World Mental Health Awareness Day 2020

The council celebrated World Mental Health Awareness Day on 8 October 2020 with a live Teams event which featured senior leaders sharing their mental health stories, a mindfulness session, details about the Employee Assistance Programme and the 4 pillars of support.

Working Carers Event

The Health and well-being Survey (June 2020) highlighted 20% of respondents classify themselves as a working carer.

A working carer is anyone who looks after a family member, partner or friend unpaid, who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem, or an addiction, and can’t cope without their support.

The council’s active Working Carers’ Network offers a peer-to-peer support to help working carers, led by Gordon Strachan and Ricardo Dodd. Join colleagues in the “decompression chamber” drop-in sessions every Friday, from 1pm-2pm on Microsoft Teams.

On 16 October 2020, a live working carers event took place where colleagues shared their personal experiences and the support available for working carers was discussed. You can watch a recording of the event.

World Menopause Day 2020

World Menopause Day took place on 18 October and on 15 October 2020, the council celebrated with a special council-wide Teams event with Deputy Leader Brigid Jones and the Menopause Workplace Forum employee network, led by Vanessa Cusack.

You can watch a recording of the event to learn about the symptoms and support for colleagues.

Domestic Abuse Safe Space

We are making a commitment to support Birmingham City Council survivors and colleagues.

1 October 2020 marks the first day of Domestic Abuse Awareness Month and Birmingham City Council has launched a safe space for colleagues living with domestic abuse. Safe spaces are located across the city in various buildings to avoid attracting attention - it’s discreet, it’s safe and it’s confidential.

Please note, Covid-19 restrictions do not apply to domestic abuse survivors and safe spaces are operated following strict Covid-19 government guidelines.

You will be met by a Domestic Abuse Support Volunteer, so you’re in safe hands.

The safe space is in response to the desperate situation faced by many survivors who are at home with perpetrators during the pandemic. Read more to access the safe space.

Free Financial Health Check with HSBC

You can book an appointment with an experienced personal banker to go through a quick and easy 30-minute Financial Health Check, allowing you to ask any financial questions you may have from budgeting, debt consolidation, saving for retirement etc.

This complimentary service is available regardless of where you bank personally. To register your interest for a Financial Health Check, please email: health-check@hsbc.com with subject “Birmingham City Council”.

Employee Networks

There are numerous peer-to-peer networks to support your health and well-being, run by our colleagues in a volunteer capacity.

  • Corporate Black Workers’ Support Group
  • LGBT Allies Network
  • Menopause Workplace Forum
  • Disability Advisory Network
  • Working Carers Network

Visit the intranet site to read more about the support offered.

Mental Health First Aiders Support Network

For trained mental health first aiders that volunteer in Birmingham City Council, peer-to-peer support and health and well-being updates are available using the dedicated Microsoft Teams Channel. If you are a MHFA and do not have access to the Teams Channel then please contact wellbeingteam@birmingham.gov.uk

Connect with the Culture Change Team (Health and well-being)

  • Connect with us on Yammer’s “Employee Health and well-being” group and get the latest updates on events and advice.
  • Join the Microsoft Teams Channel “Health and well-being”
  • Email: wellbeingteam@birmingham.gov.uk
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