Healthy Working Lives

In conjunction with the Healthy Working Lives calendar of national health and wellbeing campaigns a selection of events to promote employee wellbeing are detailed below:-

December 2022

World AIDS Day (1)

#RockTheRibbon

National AIDS Trust is committed to stopping new cases of HIV, securing the rights of people living with HIV, and fighting HIV stigma and discrimination.  World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988.  Each year, Organisations and individuals across the world bring attention to the HIV epidemic, endeavour to increase HIV awareness and knowledge, speak out against HIV stigma, and call for an increase response to move towards ending the HIV epidemic. To donate or simply find out more visit to donate or simply find out more visit World aids day rock the ribbon.

Further support around employee wellbeing can be accessed via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the hub.

TimeForTalking App

Time for Talking Counselling service have recently introduced a Counselling & Psychological Wellbeing app that delivers support for individuals, couples and families to make counselling easier and more accessible.  The app is packed with resources on a number of topics. 

How to Get it?

Type TimeForTalking (no spaces) in the App store or Google Play/Android.

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone:

Further information can be found in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone  of the website 

 

Further support around employee wellbeing can be accessed via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the hub.

November 2022

Movember (1-30)

Movember, the month formerly known as November, is when men around the world grow a moustache, and women step up to support them, all to raise awareness and funds for men’s health - specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Visit the Movember website to sign up, donate or find out more

International Stress Awareness Week (7-11)

#InternationalStressAwarenessWeek #NationalStressAwarenessDay

International Stress Awareness week aims to raise awareness about stress prevention, management and campaigning against the stigma associated with stress and mental health issues and ensuring that those suffering from stress know where they can find advice and support.  More information can be found on the International Stress Management Association UK (ISMAuk’s) website.

Talk Money Week (7-11)

Talk Money Week is an annual campaign to get the nation talking about money… from pocket money right through to pensions. For information on Financial Wellbeing and talk money week visit the Financial Wellbeing page and the Money & Pensions Service website.

Scotwest Credit Union also have some helpful bite size information around saving, borrowing, mortgages and online banking in these YouTube clips.

Scotwest have also partnered with Money Helper to bring you a selection of financial wellbeing topics across a range of subjects, visit the Scotwest Take Control of your Financial Life page or to find out more information visit the Scotwest website.

16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence (25 November – 10 December)

#TogetherAsWomen

16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence is aimed at businesses to support them to take action against domestic abuse and violence.  Spanning across 16 days from 25 November, a theme will be identified each day to explore the various forms of domestic violence. In doing so, the workplace will be better equipped to acknowledge the signs that indicate it may be going on. 

Women’s Aid is a grassroots federation working across the UK to provide life-saving services and build a future where domestic abuse is not tolerated. Women’s Aid campaigns call for recognition of the impact that domestic abuse has on the mental health of women and their children.  For more information, visit the East Dunbartonshire Women’s Aid website.

More information can be found in the Domestic Abuse policy, which can be found on the HUB or the Employee Zone.

Further support around employee wellbeing can be accessed via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking page on the hub.

Day of Action

Whats on Locally

What’s on Nationally

Day 1

Friday 25th November

Opening MARAC

Unconscious Bias: BME Women's Domestic Abuse Experience (online)

Fri 25 Nov 2022 at 10:00am-11am

(Shakti Womans Aid - Eventbrite)
Book Now

Open to all

Day 2

Saturday 26th November

 

 

Day 3

Sunday 27th November

 

 

Day 4

Monday 28th November

Domestic Abuse Training

No Recourse to Public Funds and Domestic Abuse and Destitution. (online)

Mon 28 Nov 2022 at 14:00pm - 15:00pm

(Shakti Womans Aid - Eventbrite)
Book Now

Open to all

Day 5

Tuesday 29th November

TARA Session

 

Day 6

Wednesday 30th November

Training

 

Information Stall

Regent Centre

 

Violence against woman and girls and mental health.(Improvement Service) 

Wednesday 30th November 2022- 9.30am-11.30am 
Book Now

(This event will bring together stakeholders and decision makers from across relevant organisations, NHS Boards, and local authorities for a discussion about how we can improve access to and experience of mental health services and support for women experiencing gender based violence.)

The Impact of Domestic Abuse on BME Children and Young People.(online)

Wed 30 Nov 2022 at 11:00am - 12:00pm

(Shakti Womans Aid -Eventbrite)
Book Now

Day 7

Thursday 1st December

 

Spotlight event: Community Safety and Violence Against Women and Girls (Improvement Service)

Thursday 1st December 2022, 10am - 12.30pm 
Book Now

Open to all

 

Challenges Faced by the BME LGBTQ+ Community with Unconscious Bias and DV.(online)

Thu 1 Dec 2022 at 11:00am -12:00pm

(Shakti Womans Aid- Eventbrite)
Book Now

Open to all

 

Day 8

Friday 2nd December

Open to all

Memorial Hall

Lennoxtown

12:30 - 2:30

Womens Wellness Session, refreshments provided

 

Day 9

Saturday 3rd December

 

 

Day 10

Sunday 4th December

 

 

Day 11

Monday 5th December

 

 

Day 12

Tuesday 6th December

Training

Spotlight event: Commercial Sexual Exploitation (Improvement Service)

Tuesday 6th December, 10am-12.30pm  
Book Now

This online workshop will bring together stakeholders from across relevant organisations and local authorities for a deep dive discussion on commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) and the experiences of women selling or exchanging sex. 

Day 13

Wednesday 7th December

MARAC Drop-In

MARAC Development in Scotland 2005-2022 event (online)

09:30am  - 12:30pm 
Book Now

Open to all

16 Days of Action - LGBTQ+ victims of domestic abuse (online) 10.00 – 11.00 Book now (16 Days of Action - LGBTQ+ victims of domestic abuse Tickets, Wed 7 Dec 2022 at 10:00 | Eventbrite)

Open to all

Day 14

Thursday 8th December

 

 

Day 15

Friday 9th December

Open to all

Hillhead Community Centre

Hillhead

12:30 - 2:30

Womens Wellness Session, refreshments provided

 

Day 16

Saturday 10th December

 

 

TimeForTalking App

Time for Talking Counselling service have recently introduced a Counselling & Psychological Wellbeing app that delivers support for individuals, couples and families to make counselling easier and more accessible.  The app is packed with resources on a number of topics. 

How to Get it?

Type TimeForTalking (no spaces) in the App store or Google Play/Android.

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone.

October 2022

Stoptober (1-28 October)

Stoptober: the 28-day stop smoking challenge.  Are you thinking of quitting smoking?  Research has shown that if you quit for 28 days, you’re 5 times more likely to quit for good. The NHS offers a range of support services to help you stop smoking. The Stoptober app (available on the App Store and Google Play) shows you how much you’re saving and you can subscribe to get a daily email to boost your motivation.  You can also join the stop smoking community or receive more personal support.

Don’t forget your local NHS Stop Smoking Services are free, friendly and can massively boost your chances of quitting for good.  You GP, asthma nurse or pharmacist can advise you how to get started, talk to you about treatments like nicotine patches, and check your current medication.

The British lung foundation website has more information or contact them on the helpline - 03000 030 555

The EDC employee zone has the Council’s Smoking Policy

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (1-31 October)

Breast cancer it’s a scary thought and all too many women assume that it won’t happen to them.  Fact is though, every ten minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK.  During breast cancer awareness month 2021, go for a medical check-up, it might save your life. Predict. Prevent. Protect. The prevent breast cancer website and The breast cancer now website has more information.

National Cholesterol Awareness Month (1-31 October)

Heart UK will be running 4 weekly challenges throughout October showing how small changes can help make a big difference to your cholesterol levels and heart health. It is important to take steps to lower high cholesterol where possible, especially when it comes to diet. Visit heart UK to take part in the Great Cholesterol Challenge this October or simply find out more.

BackCare Awareness Week (3 - 7 October)

BackCare Awareness Week has something for everyone including those who are working from home, working from offices and spending more time at home

For more information including booklets, information sheets and videos to inform and remind us how to support our backs, the very structure that in turn supports us day in, day out Visit our BackCare website

The EDC employee zone Smart Working advice and guidance has more information.

#WorldMentalHealthDay (10 October)

The theme of 2022’s World Mental Health Day is ‘Make mental health and well-being for all a global priority’.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. The overall objective is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilise efforts in support of mental health. For more information of how to take care of your own mental health and provide support to others, the WHO website provides access to mental well-being resources. In cases of mental distress, the first step is to talk to someone your trust.  If you you’re your need it, seek help from a professional. Anything that is troubling you, no matter how big or small there is always someone there for you:-

Time for Talking offers a free 24 hour confidential helpline/support service which can be accessed by all employees. The contact details for employees looking for immediate support are as follows: Telephone: 0800 9703980 Email: time for talking and Time for talking website

National Wellbeing Helpline - mental health support is available for all Health and social care workers, through the national wellbeing helpline, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The number to call is 0800 111 4191

Samaritans anything that’s troubling you no matter how big or small the issue is, Samaritans offer a free 24/7 confidential support service.  The number to call is 116 123

Breathing Space  - a confidential phone line for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16, feeling low, anxious or depressed. The number to call is 0800 83 85 87

#WorkLifeWeek

National Work Life Week (10-14 October)

National Work Life Week is Working Families’ annual campaign to get both employers and employees talking about wellbeing at work and work-life balance. The working families’ website has more information.

The EDC hub plans, policies and-strategies has a range of work life balance policies. 

Challenge Poverty Week (3-9 October)

Challenge Poverty Week is an opportunity for you to raise your voice against poverty and show what is being done to tackle poverty across Scotland.  The main aims of the week are to: Highlight the reality of poverty and challenge stereotypes; showcase the solutions to poverty; increase public support for action to solve poverty. Poverty alliance website and Challenge poverty website Has more information and ways to get involved.

Further information is also available from Home Energy Scotland who are funded by the Scottish Government and managed by Energy Saving Trust and work to help tackle fuel poverty and climate emergency. For more information visit Home Energy Scotland

World Menopause Day (18 October)

World Menopause Day is held every year on 18 October.  The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the menopause and support options available for improving health and wellbeing. This year’s theme is Cognition and Mood. The International Menopause Society website  has more information.

The EDC hub policies and procedures page  contains the Council’s Menopause Policy.

The EDC Employee Assistance Programme- Time for talking has further support around employee wellbeing.

Wellbeing in the employee zone has more information available.

Visit the wellbeing page in the employee zone contains further information.

September 2022

#KnowYourNumbers (5-11)

Know Your Numbers! Week is the UK’s biggest blood pressure testing and awareness event encouraging all UK adults to get a blood pressure check. High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes and other illnesses. Around a third of people in the UK have high blood pressure, but most don’t know it. It doesn’t have any symptoms so the only way to find out is to have a blood pressure check.

This year’s theme is: Measure. Modify. Manage. 

Measure your blood pressure to see if it’s under control.

Modify your lifestyle if necessary.

Manage your blood pressure and your health to beat ‘the silent killer’.

The focus is on home monitoring – home monitoring is an effective and inexpensive way to keep blood pressure under control. To learn more visit blood pressure uk's website

World Suicide Prevention Day (10)

World Suicide Prevention Day is always on 10 September. This World Suicide Prevention Day, if you’re worried someone might be experiencing suicidal thoughts – we encourage you to ask them directly. Asking someone if they’re suicidal won’t make things worse. Evidence shows it could protect them. Asking someone directly if they’re having suicidal thoughts can give them permission to tell you how they feel. If someone does let you know that they are having suicidal thought, always take them seriously. You don’t have to be an expert, just being there to listen and showing you care can help them work through what’s going on.

For more information on how to start a conversation with someone or supporting someone you’re worried about visit samaritans website

Need support? Call 116 123 to speak to a Samaritan

World Sepsis Day (13)

Sepsis is a global health crisis. It affects between 47 and 50 million people every year, at least 11 million die – one death every 2.8 seconds. 20% of all deaths worldwide are associated with sepsis. Most types of microorganisms can cause sepsis, including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites. However, it may also be caused by infections with seasonal influenza viruses, dengue viruses, and highly transmissible pathogens of public health concerns such as avian and swine influenza viruses, Ebola and yellow fever viruses. Sepsis is frequently under diagnosed at an early stage – when it still is potentially reversible.

To learn more about Sepsis visit world sepsisday's website

Male Cancer Week (12-18)

Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week is an annual event when there is an opportunity for us all to focus on Prostate, Testicular and Penile cancer. A diagnosis of cancer can be a frightening experience meaning you could feel quite isolated, as you may not know anyone else who is having to face the same challenges and mix of emotions. Orchid exists to save men’s lives from testicular, prostate and penile cancers through pioneering research and promoting awareness.

To get involved or find out more visit orchid cancer or contact the National male cancer helpline 0808 802 0010

Organ Donation Week (19-25)

#organdonation

Organ donation is when you decide to give an organ to save or transform the life of someone else. You can donate some organs while you are alive, and this is called living organ donation. However, most organ and tissue donations come from people who have died. This year to raise awareness around organ donation we’re asking everyone to go pink for the week. Whether you bake a pink cake, wear pink socks, paint a pink unicorn or drink a pink drink.

To register your decision or to simply find out more information visit organ donation

National Fitness Day (21)

#FITNESSDAY

National Fitness Day is a chance to highlight the role physical activity plays across the UK, helping raise awareness of its importance in assisting us lead healthier lifestyles through being physically active. #FitnessDay aims to celebrate what fitness means to people, promoting that keeping physically active means something different to us all.

To get involved with #FitnessDay and participate in the biggest movement in breaking down the barriers that stop people being active visit national fitnessday' website

National Eye Health Awareness Week (19-25)

#YOURVISIONMATTERS

National Eye Health Week aims to promote the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye tests for all. Vision really matters. Sight is the sense people fear losing the most, yet many of us don’t know how to look after our eyes.

For more information or to listen to the Vision Matters podcast. Vist vision matters.

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning (30)

Macmillan’s Coffee Morning is their biggest fundraising event to support people living with cancer. People all over the UK host their own Coffee Morning and donations raised on the day are made to Macmillan for those who need support while suffering with cancer.

To find out more or sign up visitcoffee macmillan

Further support around employee wellbeing can be accessed via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the hub. 

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone:

Visit the employee zone wellbeing page

Further information can be found in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone website 

August 2022

#CycleToWorkDay

Cycle to Work Day (4 August)

Cycle to Work Day is for absolutely everyone.  It doesn’t matter if you haven’t cycled in years or have never cycled at all.  This is just about giving it a go. For those of us who continue to work from home, to participate you could go for a cycle round the block before you start work and at the end of your working day.

Take part in the UK’s biggest cycle commuting event.

All the information you need to register or to simply find out what is going on is on the Love to Ride website 

Further support around employee wellbeing can be accessed via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the hub.

Promoting a Mentally Healthy Workplace

With it being estimated that people send an average of 90,000 hours of their life at work, employers have a crucial role to play in supporting good mental health and wellbeing amongst their workforce.

Actively promoting positive mental health and wellbeing not only builds a supportive workplace culture, it makes sound business sense, but it can be hard to know where to start.

A new digital platform has been launched by the Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland to signpost employers to the information they need to help them develop and implement the right approaches that will support good mental health.

The platform included information on a range of topics, including understanding mental health, mental health and the law, supporting colleagues who are struggling, and building a supportive organisational culture, whether working in the same physical space or remotely

For more information, visit the HWL website: Supporting a mentally healthy workplace.

Further support around employee wellbeing can be accessed via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the hub.

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone.

July 2022

World Hepatitis Day (28)

World Hepatitis Day is observed each year on 28 July to raise awareness of viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that causes severe liver disease and hepatocellular cancer. In 2022 the theme is ‘Hepatitis Can’t Wait’. To find out more or get involved visit: World Hepatitis day or World Health Organisation

Further support around employee wellbeing can be accessed via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the hub.

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone:

Further information can be found in the Employee Zone section of the  website.

June 2022

Carers Week (6-12)

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support. This year’s theme is 'Making Caring Visible, Valued and Supported'.

A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, addiction or who needs extra help as they grow older. It isn’t someone who volunteers or is employed to provide support. For more information visit the Carers Week website.

Bike Week (6-12)

This year Bike Week is all about you and your local community. The aim is to encourage as many people as possible to get out there and enjoy their community by bike. The last few years have seen a lot of change - many people took up cycling or rediscovered it, dusting off that old bike sitting in the shed to get out there again - some for exercise, some for commuting to work, others to go to the shops or even just to be able to see friends and family.

A bike can give everyone freedom - freedom to choose how to travel, living healthier lives. To find out more visit the Bike Week website.

The Employee Zone also has information on Physical Activity.

Clean Air Day (16)

Clean Air Day is the UK’s largest air pollution campaign, bringing together communities, businesses, schools and the health sector. Every year, air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK. The World Health Organisation and the UK Government recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental health risk we face today.

The campaign encourages everyone to take action on the same day and do one thing to help reduce outdoor air pollution. To help promote Clean Air Day or for more information visit the website.

Diabetes Week (13-19)

This Diabetes Week we are celebrating each and every person with diabetes. Your blood sugar won’t always be in range. Figuring out food labels and menus might have you tearing your hair out. You might have treated that 3am 'hypo' with a few too many jelly babies and biscuits. But you are doing it, every single day, living with diabetes, juggling the ups and downs, and that is worth celebrating. To get involved or for more information, look out for #DiabetesWeek on social media and visit the website.

Men’s Health Week (13-19)

Time for your MOT? We have been through a lot these past couple of years. COVID has not gone away, but we are beginning to live with it. In order to do this, we need to be at the top of our game, physically and mentally. So for this year’s Men’s Health Week, it time for men everywhere to give themselves an MOT. Whilst we’ve been focused on the pandemic we have taken our eyes off other serious conditions. It’s now time to take notice of what is going on - body and mind. To take a quick and easy DIY Man MOT or find out more, visit menshealthforum.org.uk (from your own computer or mobile device). Look out for #menshealthweek on social media.

BNF Healthy Eating Week (13-17)

This is the British Nutrition Foundation’s 10th Healthy Eating Week, which aims to get everyone engaged and excited about healthy eating. The big message this year is - 'Eat Well for You and the Planet'. Each day of the Week the BNF will have a different theme:

  • Monday – Focus on fibre – for meals and snacks
  • Tuesday – Get at least 5 A DAY – put plenty on your plate
  • Wednesday – Vary your protein – be more creative
  • Thursday – Stay hydrated – fill up from the tap
  • Friday – Reduce food waste – know your portions

To get involved, register to receive all the latest updates and free resources or to simply find out more visit the website.

Cervical Screening Awareness Week (20-26)

During Cervical Screening Awareness Week, it’s time to talk about how we can make the test better and raise awareness of cervical screening (smear tests). Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust will be sharing tips and experiences, and working with experts to help those who find cervical screening difficult. To get involved, join ‘Steps for Jo’s this June!’ or find out more via the website.

Further support around employee wellbeing can be accessed via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme - Time for Talking on the hub. 

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone
Further Information can be found in the Employee Zone section on the website.

May 2022

May is Living Streets’ National Walking Month. This year, Living Streets is encouraging you to #Try20 and walk for 20 minutes each day during May. Walking is an easy and accessible way to improve physical and mental health.

Just a 20-minute walk can reduce the risk of a number of preventable health conditions, including cancers, depression, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. By swapping a short drive for a short walk, you can also help reduce air pollution, congestion and road danger – whilst saving yourself some money and getting active in the process!

To find out more about #Try20 tips and resources visit the Living Streets website and look out for #WalkThisMay on social media.

Sun Awareness Week (2-8 May)

Sun Awareness Week is the start of the British Association of Dermatologists' summer of sun awareness campaign. Sun awareness is vital as skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and rates continue to rise.

The campaign aims to provide advice on prevention as well as early detection, to raise awareness of the dangers of burning and excessive tanning, and also to discourage people from using sunbeds.

To find out more, including access to a sunscreen fact sheet, sun advice for skin of colour, Vitamin D information, sun protection advice for children and babies visit the British Association of Dermatologists website.

Mental Health Awareness Week (9-15)

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event which offers an opportunity to the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. This year’s theme is Loneliness.

Loneliness is affecting more and more or us in the UK and has had a huge impact on our physical and mental health during the pandemic. Our connection to other people and our community is fundamental to protecting our mental health and we need to find better ways of tackling the epidemic of loneliness.

In May 2022, we will be raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing and the practical steps we can take to address it. Reducing loneliness is a major step towards a mentally-healthy society. To find out more or get involved visit the Mental Health Foundation website and look out for #IveBeenThere on social media.

Further support around employee wellbeing can be accessed via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme - Time for Talking on the hub. 

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone

Further Information can be found in the Employee Zone section on the website.

April 2022

Stress Awareness Month (1–30)

April marks the start of Stress Awareness month which has been held every April since 1992 to raise awareness of the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. The last two years have been the most challenging we have faced.  This year the theme is Community.  This theme has been chosen because lack of support can cause loneliness and isolation, which in turn lowers people’s wellbeing, impacts mental health and can lead to mental illness.  As we emerge from the pandemic, it is vital that community support continues. To find out more, sign up for the 30 day Challenge or to join the Mental Health Awareness workshop visit on our stress awareness month page

Bowel Awareness Month (1-30)

#thisisbowelcancer

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness month, a fantastic annual opportunity to raise awareness of bowel cancer and funds.  Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK that is nearly 43,000 people each year.  Bowel Cancer UK want to drive positive change by championing early diagnosis and campaigning for best treatment and care and stop people dying of bowel cancer. To find out more or sign up to ‘Step up for 30’ visit our Bowel Cancer Awareness Month page.

World Health Day 2022 (7)

#Ourplanetourhealth

World Health day is celebrated annually and each year draws attention to a specific health topic of concern to people all over the world.  In the midst of a pandemic, a polluted planet, increasing diseases like cancer, asthma, heart disease, on World Health Day 2022, through the ‘Our planet, our health’ campaign, WHO will focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on wellbeing. To find out more or download a campaign toolkit visit our World Health Day page.
 

On Your Feet Britain (28)

#SITLESS #MOVEMORE

Take part in On Your Feet Britain – the national activity awareness day when 2 million desk-based workers across Britain people can participate in a variety of fun and simple activities to #SitLess and #MoveMore – wherever your desk may be!  Research shows that regular movement throughout the day leads to better health, increased motivation, improved concentration and many more, many more wellbeing and performance benefits, to find out more or sign up visit On Your Feet Britain.

Further support around employee wellbeing can be accessed via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the hub.

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone:

Further information can be found in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone website.  

March 2022

Walk All Over Cancer Month (1–31)

#walkallovercancer

Walk All Over Cancer is a fundraising and activity challenge that occurs annually every March in aid of Cancer Research UK.  More information about joining the challenge and walking 10,000 steps every day during the month is available on the Cancer Research website.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month (1-31)

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month which aims to highlight the inequalities that thousands of women with ovarian cancer face to ensure women received the best care regardless of age, location or ethnicity.  Join the Step Challenge and take 295,000 steps across March (one for every woman diagnosed) to fund life-saving research.  You can walk, run, dance or even jump your steps.  To find out more or sign up visit the Ovarian Cancer Action website.

Eating Disorders Awareness 2022

#TimeToChangeLives

Eating disorders are a devastating mental illness that affect around 1 in 50 people in the UK. Eating disorders include bulimia, binge eating disorder, avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder and anorexia, which tragically has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, though all eating disorders can be deadly. With the right treatment and support, recovery is possible.  Beat the UK’s eating disorder charity provide a 365 days a year national Helpline to encourage and empower people to get help quickly and aims to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders by raising awareness. To find out more or sign up for the e-newsletter visit the Beat Eating Disorders website.

No Smoking Day (9 March)

The first No Smoking Day was on Ash Wednesday in 1984 and is now an annual health awareness day which takes place on the second Wednesday in March. More information on the benefits of quitting smoking and accessing support to stop smoking is available on the NHS Inform website and Quit Your Way Scotland.

World Sleep Day ‘Quality Sleep, Sound Mind, Happy World’ (18 March)

 #WorldSleepDay is an annual event to raise awareness about the importance of sleep for achieving an optimal quality of life and improve global health. For more information and tips to achieve a healthy sleep visit the World Sleep Day website or NHS Inform.

World Oral Health Day (20)

On the 20 March every year, we ask the world to unite to help reduce the burden of oral diseases, which affect individuals, health systems and economies everywhere.  Its purpose is to empower people with the knowledge, tools and confidence to secure good oral health.  To learn more visit the World Oral Health Day website.

Further support around employee wellbeing can be accessed via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the hub.

February 2022

World Cancer Day (4)

#WorldCancerDay #CloseTheCareGap

Create a future without cancer.  The time to act is now.  Never underestimate the power of co-operation and collective action to save lives.  What will you do on 4 February? Speak up, stand up and take action together this World Cancer Day. To take part or find out more visit the Cancer Research website.

Time to Talk Day (3)

We just had Brew Monday when we were invited to stop, have a cuppa and a chat to help look after our mental health. Next month, on Thursday 3 February it's Time to Talk Day when we're encouraged to make sure we talk about mental health. It's happening across the UK and is the only time of year where charities and anti-stigma programmes get together to challenge discrimination by getting people everywhere to have conversations. The more we talk about it, the better life is for all of us.

Need support? Call 116 123 to speak to a Samaritan

Further support around employee wellbeing can be accessed via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the hub.

January 2022

Dry January (1-31)

Dry January is the UK’s alcohol-free challenge. It isn’t about giving anything up, it’s about getting something back. Get your fun back, get your energy back, get your calm back. Get your YOU back.

To take part or find out more visit Alcohol Change UK.

Love Your Liver is the British Liver Trust’s national awareness campaign giving people the key steps needed to keep their liver healthy. For more information or to participate in the free online screener visit the British Liver Trust. 

East Dunbartonshire Councils Drug, Alcohol and Substance Misuse Policy and associated toolkit can be found on the Employee Zone.
 

Brew Monday (17)

This Brew Monday, Samaritans is reminding everyone to reach out for a cuppa and a catch-up with the people you care about. The third Monday in January is sometimes referred to as ‘the most difficult day of the year’ but the Samaritans are trying to change this myth, recognising we all have our good and our bad days. So instead of Monday being ‘blue’ reach out and connect with family, friends, colleagues and loved ones – we can always make time for a cuppa and a catch-up. It doesn’t matter if it’s Monday morning or Saturday night, or if you’re drinking green tea, black coffee or orange juice. If you’re sharing a cuppa and listening, you’re doing it right. For more information visit Samaritans

Need support? Call 116 123 to speak to a Samaritan

Further support around employee wellbeing can be accessed via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the Council hub.

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (17-23)

#CervicalCancerPreventionWeek

In conjunction with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust join us to raise awareness of cervical screening. One in four women and people with a cervix don’t attend cervical screening and we want to change that. However cervical cancer prevention doesn’t stop at screening. We want everyone to have the information and support they need.

To get involved with the campaign or simply find out more visit Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone.

 

December 2021

World AIDS Day (1)

#RockTheRibbon

National AIDS Trust is committed to stopping new cases of HIV, securing the rights of people living with HIV, and fighting HIV stigma and discrimination.  World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988.  Each year, Organisations and individuals across the world bring attention to the HIV epidemic, endeavour to increase HIV awareness and knowledge, speak out against HIV stigma, and call for an increase response to move towards ending the HIV epidemic. To donate or simply find out more visit world aids day.

Further support around employee wellbeing can be accessed via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the hub.

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone:

November 2021

Movember (1-30)

Movember, the month formerly known as November, is when men around the world grow a moustache, and women step up to support them, all to raise awareness and funds for men’s health - specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Visit movember's website to sign up, donate or find out more information.

Talk Money Week (8-12)

Talk Money Week is an annual campaign to get the nation talking about money… from pocket money right through to pensions. For information on Financial Wellbeing and talk money week Visit the employee zone for information on financial wellbeingVisit Money and Pension Services money talk webpage

Scotwest Credit Union also have some helpful bite size information around saving, borrowing, mortgages and online banking, Watch Scotwest's YouTube clips or to find out more information visit Scotwest's website

Alcohol Awareness Week (15-21)

Alcohol Awareness week is a chance for the UK to get thinking about drinking.  A week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more. 

This year’s theme is Alcohol and Relationships.  Alcohol and relationships are closely linked.  Many of us associate alcohol and socialising, and alcohol can become a big part of our connections and interactions with those around us.  But when our own or a loved one’s drinking starts to negatively affect our relationships, or stands in the way of us taking action on our own drinking, it can have a huge impact on our lives.

Research shows that many of us have found ourselves drinking more to deal with feelings of loneliness and isolation during the pandemic.  As we leave lockdown and return to normal life there will be new pressures too – pressures to drink, ‘sober shaming’, and pressures we put on ourselves to get back to ‘normal’ socialising.

For more information or get involved visit the Alcohol Change website:

16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence (25 November – 10 December)

16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence is aimed at businesses to support them to take action against domestic abuse and violence.  Spanning across 16 days from 25 November, a theme will be identified each day to explore the various forms of domestic violence. In doing so, the workplace will be better equipped to acknowledge the signs that indicate it may be going on.

#DeserveToBeHeard

Women’s Aid is a grassroots federation working across the UK to provide life-saving services and build a future where domestic abuse is not tolerated. Women’s Aids new campaign calls for recognition of the impact that domestic abuse has on the mental health of women and their children.  For more information or to join the campaign visit the Women’s Aid website.

More information can be found in the Domestic Abuse policy which can be found on the HUB or the Employee Zone.

Further support around employee wellbeing can be accessed via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the intranet.

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone.

Further information can be found in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone website

October 2021

Stoptober (1-28 October)

Stoptober: the 28-day stop smoking challenge.  Are you thinking of quitting smoking?  Research has shown that if you quit for 28 days, you’re 5 times more likely to quit for good. The NHS offers a range of support services to help you stop smoking. The Stoptober app (available on the App Store and Google Play) shows you how much you’re saving and you can subscribe to get a daily email to boost your motivation.  You can also join the stop smoking community or receive more personal support.

Don’t forget your local NHS Stop Smoking Services are free, friendly and can massively boost your chances of quitting for good.  You GP, asthma nurse or pharmacist can advise you how to get started, talk to you about treatments like nicotine patches, and check your current medication.

For more information visit the British Lung Foundation website or contact them on the helpline - 03000 030 555

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (1- 31 October)

Breast cancer it’s a scary thought and all too many women assume that it won’t happen to them.  Fact is though, every ten minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK.  During breast cancer awareness month 2021, go for a medical check-up, it might save your life. Predict. Prevent. Protect.  To find out more visit the prevent breast cancer website.

Cancer Awareness Talk (7 October)

We are delighted to be able to offer a cancer awareness talk by Cancer Research UK's specialist cancer nurses. These talks are always well evaluated and are designed to raise awareness and support the wellbeing of yourselves and those you work with. As well as cancer screening programmes, the session will cover the risks of developing cancer and how to spot the signs and symptoms of cancer earlier. 

The session will run between 12 and 1pm on Thursday 7th October via MS Teams so please bring along your lunch and if you have any questions in advance of the session contact Mandy Ferncombe: mandy.ferncombe@ggc.scot.nhss.uk

Breast Cancer Now’s Wear it Pink day (22 October)

On Friday 22 October 2021, we will wear pink.  Raise Money.  And help make life-saving breast cancer research and life-changing care happen.  If there ever was a time to put on that pink top, proudly drape that pink feather boa around your neck or pull up those pink socks, it’s now. 

Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink day is one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK.  Taking place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, thousands of amazing people wear it pink in their communities, schools or work places for the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Now.

2021 is the 20th year of wearing it pink, with over £36 million raised since 2002.  Together, we can go even further and raise even more money for the people affected by this disease.

For more information and to get involved visit the wear it pink website.

BackCare Awareness Week (4 - 8 October)

With the global pandemic in mind, the past two years have been extremely difficult for all, and as a result BackCare Awareness Week has something for everyone including those who are working from home, working from offices and spending more time at home

For more information including booklets, information sheets, videos and posters to inform and remind us how to support our backs, the very structure that in turn supports us day in, day out visit the BackCare website visit the BackCare website

Smart Working advice and guidance is also available on the EDC Employee Zone:

Smart Working for the Future Overview

#WorldMentalHealthDay (10 October)

Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. The overall objective is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilise efforts in support of mental health. For more information of how to take care of your own mental health and provide support to others to, the WHO website provides access to Mental well-being resources visit.

In cases of mental distress, the first step is to talk to someone your trust.  If you you’re your need it, seek help from a professional. Anything that is troubling you, no matter how big or small there is always someone there for you:-

Time for Talking offers a free 24 hour confidential helpline/support service which can be accessed by all employees. The contact details for employees looking for immediate support are as follows: Telephone: 0800 9703980 Email: admin@timefortalking.co.uk Website: time for talking.

National Wellbeing Helpline - mental health support is available for all Health and social care workers, through the national wellbeing helpline, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The number to call is 0800 111 4191

Samaritans anything that’s troubling you no matter how big or small the issue is, Samaritans offer a free 24/7 confidential support service.  The number to call is 116 123

Breathing Space  - a confidential phone line for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16, feeling low, anxious or depressed. The number to call is 0800 83 85 87

#WorkLifeWeek

National Work Life Week (11 -15 October)

National Work Life Week is Working Families’ annual campaign to get both employers and employees talking about wellbeing at work and work-life balance. For more information including advice for parents and carers visit the Working Families’ website.

A range of work life balance policies can be found on the EDC HUB.

World Menopause Day (18 October)

World Menopause Day is held every year on 18 October.  The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the menopause and support options available for improving health and wellbeing. This year’s theme is Bone Health. For more information visit the International Menopause Society website

Further support around employee wellbeing can be accessed via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the hub.

Further information can be found in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone website

September 2021

#KnowYourNumbers

Know Your Numbers Week (6-12 September)

Know Your Numbers week is the nation’s biggest annual blood pressure testing and awareness raising campaign.  This year’s focus is on the forgotten pandemic of high blood pressure and to encourage the nation to check their blood pressure using a simple and reliable blood pressure monitor to measure their blood pressure at home, take the necessary steps if your reading is high, and raise awareness about the risks of high blood pressure. 

Home monitoring offers a way for you to take control of your health, feel confident, and take the pressure off the NHS at the same time. It gives people a practical way to Know your Numbers…without visiting your GP or pharmacist, and it really can save lives.

Visit the Home Monitoring Resources Hub.

More information can be found on the Blood Pressure UK website.

#wspd #suicideprevention

World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September)

Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages.

The theme this year is ‘Creating Hope Through Action’, which aims to empower people with the confidence to engage with the complexity of ‘hope’ - more information is available on the Samaritans website.

Anything that is troubling you, no matter how big or small there is always someone there for you:-

Time for Talking offers a free 24 hour confidential helpline/support service which can be accessed by all employees. The contact details for employees looking for immediate support are as follows: Telephone: 0800 9703980 Email: admin@timefortalking.co.uk Website: time for talking

National Wellbeing Helpline - mental health support is available for all Health and social care workers, through the national wellbeing helpline, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The number to call is 0800 111 4191

Samaritans anything that’s troubling you no matter how big or small the issue is, Samaritans offer a free 24/7 confidential support service.  The number to call is 116 123

Breathing Space  - a confidential phone line for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16, feeling low, anxious or depressed. The number to call is 0800 83 85 87

#StopSepsis #SaveLives

World Sepsis Day (13 September)

World Sepsis day aims to raise awareness about sepsis. Sepsis arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs.  It may lead to shock, multi-organ failure and death – especially if not recognised early and treated promptly.

Sepsis is the number 1 cause of death in hospitals, cause for hospital readmissions and healthcare cost, 1 in 5 deaths worldwide is associate with sepsis, with at least 11 million deaths per year and 47-50 million annual cases. More information is available by following the link:

Sepsis Facts

Sepsis explained in 3 minutes – YouTube clip

Visit the World Sepsis day website to sign up or simply find out more

#OrganDonationWeek #Leave Them Certain

Organ Donation Week (20 – 26 September)

The ‘Leave Them Certain’ campaign aims to encourage people to talk to their loved ones about organ donation through highlighting that families are always involved before organ donation goes ahead.

Whether you’ve already shared your organ donation decision with your family or you pledge to talk to them this Organ Donation Week, show your support through our heart – ‘the heart’ is available to download and print through the Organ Donation Campaign website to display it in your window at home.

You can register your decision on the NHS Organ Donation Register.

For more information about the campaign and events taking place during the week visit the Organ Donation Campaign website

#YourVisionMatters

National Eye Health Week (20 – 26 September)

This year’s National Eye Health Week will promote the importance of good eye health and the need for regular eye tests for all.

Did you know 2 million people in the UK are living with sight loss, that is severe enough to have a significant impact on their daily lives – half of this sight loss is avoidable by getting a sight test can detect early signs of conditions like glaucoma or other health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

For healthy eyes, eat well, don’t smoke and wear eye protection in bright sunlight.

To find out more including access to the Eye Health calculator and podcasts visit the Vision Matters website

#Fitness2Me

National Fitness Day (23 September)

National Fitness Day is a chance to highlight the role physical activity plays across the UK, heling us raise awareness of its importance in helping us lead healthier lifestyles through being physically active.

#Fitness2Me aims to celebrate what fitness means to people, promoting that keeping physically active means something different to all of us.  #Fitness2Me aims to break down the barriers that stop people being active, showing that fitness is for everyone.

To find out more visit the National Fitness day website.

World Biggest Coffee Morning (24 September)

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event - as we live longer more people will develop cancer in their lifetime but survival rates are the highest they have ever been and this is due to advances in treatments and research.

The official date for the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Friday 24 September, but you can hold yours whenever and however you like – whether it’s with your friends in the park, a virtual bake ‘n’ make, or a great gathering.

The money raised at events like this helps pay for Macmillan nurses, for information and support for friends and relatives of those living with cancer and for the wide range of assistance needed to help people living with cancer including financial advice and support.

To sign up, plan your event, have fun or donate or just find visit the MacMillan Cancer Support website

Further support around employee wellbeing can be access via the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the EDC Hub.

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone.

Further information can be found in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone website

August 2021

#CycleToWorkDay - Cycle to Work Day (5 August)

Cycle to Work Day is for absolutely everyone. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t cycled in years or have never cycled at all. This is just about giving it a go. For those of us who continue to work from home, to participate you could go for a cycle round the block during your lunch break and at the end of your working day.

Take part in the UK’s biggest cycle commuting event - Cycle to Work Day.

All the information you need to register or to simply find out what is going on is available via the Love to Ride website.

Hearing Conservation

The Council's Health and Safety team recently kick-started its hearing conservation programme, which looks to minimise the risk of noise-induced hearing loss through regular hearing tests, education, training, risk assessment and noise-measuring activities.

Hearing loss caused by exposure to excessive noise at work affects around 17,000 people in the UK, who suffer from deafness, tinnitus or other ear conditions. The Council has multiple services that are exposed to occupational noise on a daily basis. It is therefore important that attention is given to preventing noise-induced hearing loss. Hearing loss is preventable but once your hearing is gone, it won’t come back.

If you are concerned about your hearing contact occupationalhealth@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

For further information on Noise at Work visit the Health & Safety Executive's Noise website.

Further support around employee wellbeing can be access via the Council's Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking on the hub,

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone.

Further information can be found in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone website

July 2021

Healthy Working Lives July 2021
Talk to Us #WeListen
Samaritans Awareness Day (24 July - 24/7)

Every year in July, Samaritans hold local events to raise awareness that Samaritans are here to listen to anyone who’s struggling to cope, at any time of the day or night, 24/7, without judgement or pressure. Visit the Samaritans webpage - talk to us

If you need someone to talk to you can contact a Samaritan by calling: 116 123 or send an email to jo@samaritans.org

Or to keep track of how you are feeling, and get recommendations for things you can do to help yourself cope, feel better and stay safe in a crisis you can download the Samaritans Self-Help app. Visit the Samaritans webpage on how they can help.

Support is also available through the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking  within the hub. Business-Human Resources- Employee welfare service.

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone:

https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone/wellbeing

Further information can be found in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone website https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/employee-zone/wellbeing

June 2021

Healthy Working Lives June 2021

World Blood Donor Day (14 June) #GiveBlood

Each year countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD).  The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.  Safe blood and blood products and their transfusion are a critical aspect of care and public health. This year the slogan is ‘Give blood and Keep the World beating’. The message highlights the essential contribution blood donors make to keeping the world pulsating by saving lives and improving others’ health.  It reinforces the global call for more people all over the world to donate blood regularly and contribute to better health. To find out more visit the World Health Organization website: https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-blood-donor-day

To get involved or find out more about blood donation visit the NHS Blood Donation website: https://www.blood.co.uk/

Men’s Health Week (15-20 June)

On the 15 – 21 June the world celebrates Men’s Health Week.  This is a time to bring awareness to health issues that affect men disproportionately and raise awareness of getting men to become aware of problems they many have or may develop and to gain the courage to do something about it.  If you are a man that wants to do more, or a woman who wants to support a man in your life then get spreading the word – the more we promote Men’s Health, the more men will feel it’s OK to talk about their health issues.  You can access more information from your own mobile device on the Men’s Health Forum website: www.menshealthforum.org.uk

Cervical Screening Awareness Week (15-21 June)

#CervicalScreeningAwarenessWeek

@JoTrust

Did you know cervical screening (a smear test) looks for HPV, the human papillomavirus? If you don’t know what it is, you are far from alone.  Cervical Screening Awareness week aims to help reduce confusion about HPV, de-mystify cervical screening results and shout about the importance of cervical screening. The aim is to make every woman and person with a cervix to know where they can get information and support about cervical screening.

Why not get involved with Steps for Jo’s this June and Walk, jog or run 220,000 steps for the 220,000 women and people with a cervix diagnosed with cervical cell changes every year. visit Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust website: https://www.jostrust.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/cervical-screening-awareness-week

Support is also available through the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking is found within the hub.

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone.

Further information can be found in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone website

May 2021

National Walking Month (1 – 31 May)

Get Ready to #WALKTHISMAY

Walking is good for our minds, our bodies, our neighbourhoods and has been a lifeline during the past year, helping people stay active and connected.  To find out more, access resources and activities to help keep your daily walk fresh and interesting or to make a pledge visit the Living Street website

For ideas on places to walk, run or cycle in and around East Dunbartonshire visit the EDC Travel and Transport site

World Hand Hygiene Day (5 May)

Each year the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign aims to progress the goal of maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement globally. Although this is aimed at the Health Care Sector given current circumstances this can support us all.   Hand hygiene is one of the most effective actions to reduce the spread of infections, including the COVID-19 virus.

For more information including videos and podcasts on the hand hygiene and related activities visit the World Health Organisation (WHO) website

Sun Awareness Week (3 – 9 May)

The British Association of Dermatologists’ annual campaign aims to raise awareness of skin cancer.  The campaign runs from April to September every year and includes Sun Awareness week. The campaign aims to encourage people to regularly self-examine for skin cancer, raise awareness about the dangers of sunburn and excessive tanning, and to discourage people from using sunbeds, in light of the associated risks of skin cancer. Visit the British Association of Dermatologist website for more information on skin health.

If you regularly spend time outdoors for work or recreation remember to use Sun Screen in the coming months as the weather get warmer.

Deaf Awareness Week (3 - 9 May)

‘Coming Through it Together’

1 in 6 people in the UK are deaf or are hard of hearing.  Deaf Awareness week aims to promote the positive aspects of deafness, promote social inclusion and raise awareness of the huge range of local organisations that support deaf people and their family and friends.  For more information visit the Deaf Council website.

Mental Health Awareness Week (10 - 16 May)

This Mental Health Awareness week it’s time to step up the fight for mental health.  During this pandemic, many of us have experienced a mental health problem, or seen a loved one struggle. When you are living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, access to the right information is vital.  A range of information, advice and support is available on the Mind website.

Support is also available through the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking

Wellbeing information is available on the Wellbeing page of our Employee Zone:

Further information can be found in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone website

April 2021

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month (1 – 30 April)

To find up to date reliable information about bowel cancer and get involved with the  ‘Step up for 30’ challenge to simply get more active visit the Bowel Cancer UK website

Stress Awareness Month (1 – 30 April)

April marks the start of Stress Awareness Month.  According to the Mental Health Foundation 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they have felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. This year the theme is ‘Regaining Connectivity, Certainty and Control’ with a 30 day challenge to pick one action each for your Physical, Mental and Emotional Wellbeing to carry out every day.  It only takes 30 days to turn actions into habits and create a positive behavioural change.  As a first step, download the 30 Day Challenge calendar and make your commitments a reality or to find out what else you could do information is available from the Stress Management Society

Support is also available through the EDC Employee Assistance Programme – Time for Talking.

World Health Day (7 April)

April 7 marks the celebration of World Health Day, since taking effect in 1950, the celebration has aimed to create awareness of important health issues and is marked by activities which extend beyond the day itself and serves as an opportunity to focus worldwide attention on important aspects of global health. The campaign this year is to build a fairer, healthier world.  More information is available from the World Health Organization

On Your Feet Britain (29 April)

Take part in ‘On Your Feet Britain’ day – the national activity awareness day encouraging all desk-based workers across Britain to participate in a variety of fun and simple activities to #SitLess and #MoveMore.  This year we are looking forward to seeing how every worker gets active for the #BigWiggle – wherever your desk may be.  Registration details can be found on the On Your Feet Day website

Further information can be found in the Healthy Working Lives section of the Employee Zone

March 2021

Mental Wellbeing

Are you looking after you mental health?

Clear Your Head

For information around looking after your mental health and wellbeing, the clearyourhead.scot  website, provides tips which are focused around keeping a routine, moving more, taking a break, making time for yourself and keeping in touch.

Every Mind Matters

get practical tips and expert advice at ‘Every Mind Matters’ a new campaign launched in January 2021 to support people to take action to look after their mental health and wellbeing and help support others. More information is available from the Every Mind Matters website

Every Mind Matters COVID-19 hub  also includes practical tips and support on how adults can deal with uncertainty, how to cope with money and job worries and how to look after both their own and their family’s mental wellbeing while staying at home

Eating Disorders Awareness week (1 – 7 March 2021)

From 1- 7 March join our campaign to start conversations and create a future where people experiencing binge eating disorder are met with understanding and compassion #YouMightKnowMe. More information is available on the Beat Eating Disorders website

Employee Assistance Programme – East Dunbartonshire Council’s Employee Assistance Programme -Time for Talking offer a 24 hour Helpline, 0800 970 3980, for one-to-one support/advice which can be accessed whenever you need it

Physical Wellbeing

Walk All Over Cancer Month (1 – 31 March)

Walk All Over Cancer is a fundraising and activity challenge that occurs annually every March in aid of Cancer Research UK.  More information about join in the challenge and walking 10,000 steps every day during the month is available on the Cancer Research UK #walkallovercancer

No Smoking Day (10 March)

The first No Smoking Day was on Ash Wednesday in 1984 and is now an annual health awareness day which takes place on the second Wednesday in March. More information on the benefits of quitting smoking and accessing support to stop smoking is available on the NHS Inform and Quit Your Way Scotland websites

World Sleep Day ‘Regular Sleep, Healthy Future’ (19 March)

 #WorldSleepDay is an annual event to raise awareness about the importance of sleep for achieving an optimal quality of life and improve global health. For more information and tips to achieve a healthy sleep click on the link worldsleepday.org or NHS Inform offer a self-help guide and expert advice to manage sleep problems.

For further information on any of the above promotions please contact Shona Diack – shona.diack@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

February 2021

Time to Talk Day (February 4th)

Has there been a more important time to talk about mental health?

Conversations have the power to make a big difference, however, small those conversations are – even in circumstances where we have to be socially distanced. It’s going to be a bit different this time around.  Many of us won’t be able to get together like we normally would.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t help create millions of conversations and show that talking about mental health is even more vital than it ever has been.

Small things can make a big difference – for more information or resources follow this link: #TimetoTalk – ‘the power of small’ #seemescotland

During lockdown getting little gifts and cards from our friends and family can make a huge difference.  So this Time to Talk day, why not send a Time to Talk postcard to someone you haven’t seen in a while, and ask ‘How are you?’

Britain Get Talking Campaign is an ITV Mental Wellness campaign to help families get closer and to encourage us all to focus on our mental wellbeing for more information follow the link – Britain Get Talking

Employee Assistance Programme – East Dunbartonshire Council’s Employee Assistance Programme -Time for Talking offer a 24 hour Helpline, 0800 970 3980, for one-to-one support/advice which can be accessed whenever you need it

Your Financial Wellbeing

Why talk money?

Talking openly about money is vitally important for our health, wealth and relationships.  The effect of Covid-19 has made it more important than ever to start conversations about money to help with your financial wellness Scotwest Credit Union have some useful online engagement sessions YouTube along with helpful updates in their monthly newsletter.

Your Healthy Eating

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of maintaining good health, and can help you feel your best. 
This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.  For more information click on the NHS Live-well/eat-well link

Your Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is a good way to manage and lower stress levels and boost mood
Keeping up with a workout routine might be even more important now. To kick start your health why not sign up to the NHS Better Health Campaign - further information can be found here NHS Better-Health or try some of the free live facebook classes provided by EDLC Leisure.

World Cancer Day (4th February 2021)

World Cancer Day 2021 – a day that unites people, communities and entire countries to raise awareness and take action.
Show your support for life-saving research by wearing your Unity Band, or making a donation at Cancer Research UK

For further information on any of the above promotions please contact Shona Diack – shona.diack@eastdunbarton.gov.uk