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Supporting employee health and wellbeing at Leeds Trinity

Leeds Trinity University has invested in a new initiative to help their employees stay happy and healthy

Posted by Hannah Vickers | January 23, 2017 | Higher education

Leeds Trinity University recently launched ‘Juice’ – an online portal full of activities, information and articles to support the health and wellbeing of its 450 academic and support staff.

The programme gives employees free access to expert fitness and nutritional advice, offering weekly fruit, regular health checks and a range of social and physical activities.

John Hawksworth, Director of Human Resources at Leeds Trinity University, values the focus on mental wellbeing and physical health, in a sector full of change and uncertainty.

It’s important to take a holistic approach to staff wellbeing, which looks beyond the purely physical and visible aspects - John Hawksworth, Director of Human Resources at Leeds Trinity University

“It’s important to take a holistic approach to staff wellbeing, which looks beyond the purely physical and visible aspects,” he said. “To continue delivering the best experience for our students at Leeds Trinity, we remain committed to supporting our staff, whose efforts and contribution are the determining factor for that success.”

The wide range of activities available through Juice include tai chi, boot camps and mindfulness sessions. There are also strategies for healthy eating, better sleeping and coping methods for the colder, cloudier, winter months.

Juice was originally created and launched to 8,000 staff at the University of Sheffield in November 2012. Sheffield has since achieved sector-leading staff engagement levels with 94% of colleagues proud to work there and 89% recommending it as an excellent place to work. In the last three years the programme has been rolled out to a number of organisations, both big and small, including other Universities.

Gary Butterfield, co-founder of Juice at The University of Sheffield, Executive Director of Everyday Juice Limited, and Leeds Trinity alumnus, is excited to be working with his former University. He believes the culture of Leeds Trinity will complement the Juice programme perfectly.

“The community aspect and feel about Leeds Trinity is why I believe it’s a perfect match, because that’s what Juice is all about,” he said.

Due to its single-site location and close-knit culture, I think Juice is going to have a very strong and positive impact at Leeds Trinity - Gary Butterfield, co-founder of Juice at The University of Sheffield

“Due to its single-site location and close-knit culture, I think Juice is going to have a very strong and positive impact at Leeds Trinity. There has already been a great response with 40% of staff already signing up and starting booking activities! Juice provides staff at Leeds Trinity with regular expert content and the opportunity to come together in what is a truly remarkable place to work,” added Butterfield.

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