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Staff Wellbeing Resources

Use this resources page to gain ideas to support your staff to feel happy, healthy and more comfortable in their roles.

We are also offering the chance to gain a Staff Wellbeing (SWELL) Charter Mark, highlighting your commitment to a proactive and resilient workplace to prospective clients and staff.

Achieve this by showing us evidence that you have:

  • Assigned a Staff Wellbeing Guardian in your workforce
  • Demonstrated what you have been doing and identify what you are planning to put in place for the future to ensure continued support for your staff

For more details contact businessdevelopment@hcpa.co.uk

Complete your action plan here

Staff Wellbeing Guardians

Self Care

Work Environment


Recognition & Rewards


Help & Support


Career Pathways

Staff Wellbeing Guardians

Staff Wellbeing Guardians give support and direction, and also receive a badge

We recommend that you ask one of your staff to take on this role, and if you wish to apply for your SWELL Charter Mark then you will need to show that you have appointed one.  Any Guardian will get a badge to wear from HCPA

Your Staff Wellbeing Guardian needs to be someone who is:

  • Interested in your own and others well-being and have an understanding of healthy lifestyles and health promotions.
  • Promote particular health campaigns by raising awareness with colleagues; contributions to social media campaigns and keeping updated on well-being initiatives (Continuous Professional Development)
  • Enthusiastic and motivated to help to make a difference in your faculty or service by championing and promoting relevant health messages and events at {insert organisation name}
  • Attend and actively contribute to monthly meetings.
  • Involvement in workplace health and wellbeing events.
  • Attendance at Training events, Practitioner events.
  • Friendly and approachable.
  • A positive thinker.
  • Innovative and creative.
  • Enthusiasm and drive to manage the projects you are passionate about.
  • Keen to share ideas and actively seek new ways of promoting wellbeing.
  • Contribute to impact measurements.

Examples of activities that could be offered:

  • Promoting particular health campaigns through poster displays, emailing colleagues, giving out leaflets and updating colleagues at meetings you attend and your team meeting (e.g. World Mental Health Day, National No Smoking Day).
  • Organising activities, e.g. a lunch-time walk, book club or hobby group.
  • Signposting colleagues to relevant services.
  • Encouraging colleagues to participate in your Wellbeing initiatives/challenges.
  • Championing and promoting relevant health messages and events in-house or within the local community.
  • Providing information to colleagues about wellbeing in your organisation.
  • Role modelling and promoting a healthy culture within the workplace.
  • Involvement in events, collaborative working with others in the community.

Other things you can do:

You could set up Staff forums where you can listen and feedback on staffing issues “you said – we did”

You could set up a suggestion box – maybe offer a voucher for any suggestions taken up

You could have “Guardians” from both night and day staff to ensure everyone is being supported and listened to

Remembrance or Acknowledgement

Examples of activities that could be offered:

Garden/wall of remembrance

Last month, Hertfordshire County Council opened its new Garden of Reflection at County Hall. The garden was designed for staff by staff with the aim of giving them a quiet space to visit and reflect on the coronavirus pandemic as and when they wish. It features a 19-foot round paved area complete with a bench, rose arch and a selection of flowers and plants, including the Hertfordshire rose and Absent Friends rose and the plant Angel Wings.

As part of the project, the council has also teamed up with Groundwork East to produce a short information booklet for organisations, such as care homes, who may also wish to create their own memorial garden or contemplation corner.

The contemplation booklet gives some tips on creating a space, what plants to use and how to look after the area as it develops. To view or download the booklet click here.

We would love to hear how your memorial garden or contemplation space is progressing. If you would like to share this with us, please email your plans and progress in photos to pr@hcpa.co.uk

Virtual book of remembrance

Rooms named after staff who have passed away

Include families


Help & Support – Counselling

Examples of help available: 

We know life is stressful right now – we are Here For You

If you work in healthcare, social care, the voluntary sector or the not-for-profit sector in Essex or Hertfordshire and need someone to talk to, we are Here For You.

Here For You has been supporting many health and social care workers since it commenced in January 2021.

» Click here for more details

Become a Resilience Coach

This seven session course is designed to equip you with the skills to become your organisations Resilience coach. As a Resilience Coach, you will be dedicated to supporting the wellbeing of employees, promoting mental health within the service, and be able to deliver one-on-one coaching sessions with staff to create Well-being action plans with them.

The last cohort starts on 11th August.

» Click here for more information


Our annual awareness campaign is back this July

Every year in July, Samaritans branches in the UK and Republic of Ireland 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.
We have lots of activity planned on our social media for Samaritans’ awareness day — 24/7 — on 24 July, be sure to keep an eye out on our Facebook ,Twitter and Instagram!

Call us any time, day or night 116 123

Menopause Matters

An astounding 90% of women experiencing the menopause report feeling unable to talk to their managers at work and one in ten consider giving up work. Let’s break the taboo over this natural life event.

» Click here for a guidance on menopause and the workplace
» Click here for information on the menopause from the NHS

Self Care

Examples of how to help yourself:

..What is ‘Self-Care’? It means something different to everyone. A good self-care practice starts with self-awareness, you must learn to recognize what are your needs and how are you going to fulfil them.

» Download the Self-Care Workbook from stress.org here

The Care Professional Standards Academy

Directs to many benefits  such as “here for you” and special offers.

» Find out more here

Encourage staff to ask for more supervisions, one to one time, or just a chat –  either face to face or video to prevent any issues building up

Set up a good mentoring system for new staff – can help the mentor just as much as the new staff member

Direct staff to Breathing Space to help with debt worries

» Find out more here

Get Singing!

Singing always makes you feel good, not just in the car or in the bath. There are friendly local groups open to all such as singingforpleasure.org.uk or Vibrant, fun and therapeutic singing sessions for people with dementia and their carers. Zoom sessions now and groups in July. 020 8950 5757 www.hertsmusicalmemories.org.uk

National Picnic Month – July 1 – July 30 2021

If you enjoy getting out of the house and eating outdoors then July is the month for you, as the whole of this month is National Picnic Month!

There’s something about the summer weather that brings out the relaxed hippy in us all, and what better way to wind down after a busy day/week at work than to slip on your sandals, pack up your picnic basket and head to the outdoors with your nearest and dearest. So, get yourself outside this National Picnic Month, and with a whole month of celebrating ahead of you the culinary possibilities are Gastronomical! (Pun very much intended).

The Five Ways to Wellbeing

» Learn more here


Standon Calling – 22nd – 25th July 2021

Venue: The grounds of Standon Lordship, Standon, Hertfordshire, SG11 1EE

Standon Calling is a boutique music and arts festival.

» Find out more here


Rum on the River Ware – 31st July 2021

Venue: Ware Town Quay, Ware

Time: 3pm – 6pm

Cost: Starts at £55 per person

Within this Canal Boat setting you will be presented with 4 Rums neat for tasting, the story behind each one will be discussed as well as what creates that Rum’s unique taste and history, these will be provided as neat samples, with Mixers on the table to mix as you cruise from Ware to Hertford and back.

» Find out more and book tickets here

Salomon Festival – 7th August 2021

Venue: Church Farm, Station Road, Aldbury, HP23 5RS

Time: 9am-7.30pm

Cost: Starts at £15 per person

Enjoy a day filled with guided activities, workshops, live music and more with other like-minded souls who cant get enough of running and hiking on the trails.

» Find out more and book tickets here

Petrolheadonism Live –  18th & 19th September 2021

Venue: Knebworth House, Stevenage

Cost: Starts from £20 per car

This must see family spectacular will bring some of the world’s most exclusive and desirable cars to this epic weekend to celebrate all things automotive.

An array of street food and drink concessions will be available onsite, as well as a licensed bar. Your ticket to the event also includes free on-site parking and entrance to the Adventure Playground, with zip wire and new interactive splash-play water features; the Dinosaur Trail with 72 life-sized dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures and 28 acre Formal Gardens.

» Find out more and book tickets here


Movies in the Park – 24th and 25th July 2021

Bring a blanket and a picnic sit back and enjoy these family favourites. 

Borehamwood Movies in the Park

Venue: Meadow Park, Borehamwood

Cost: Free

» Book tickets here


Bushey Movies in the Park

Venue: King George Ground, Bushey

Cost: Free

» Book tickets here


Recognition & Rewards

Examples of rewards that could be offered: 

Nominate a team for the 2021 Hertfordshire Care Awards

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Bringing the Magical experience of Harry Potter to the The Hertfordshire Care Awards…

Our Hertfordshire Care Awards 2021 is set to bigger and better than ever this year with this year’s awards ceremony taking place at Warner Bros Studios: The Making of Harry Potter, in Leavesden!

We wanted to make this year special, to give an opportunity for you to say thank you to your teams for everything they have done throughout the pandemic, and give them a one-off unforgettable experience!

For the last 11 years care providers, staff and families have been nominating individuals and businesses into the most prestigious care event in the country.

For 2021 we will be asking for team nominations…

» Make a nomination here

Simple “thank you” – in supervision in a group or ad hoc – a little ‘thank you’ can go a long way



Extra A/L



Long service awards – Traditionally, the benchmarks for loyalty rewards are 5, 10 and 20 years long service. However, this can wary depending on the service. Common awards include champagne, badges or certificates, additional annual leave or a small bonus. 


Examples of activities that could be offered:

Hertfordshire Health Walks

Free, guided walks encourage people to get more active and enjoy their local surroundings.
» Find out more or register here

 Yoga groups

Free Yoga taster class – 24th July 2021

Venue: Rickmansworth Tennis Club. Rickmansworth

Time: 10am

Cost: Free

» Find out more and register here


Online – Let’s Meditate Hertfordshire – Free guided Meditation July 25th 2021

Venue: Online via Zoom, Hertfordshire

Time: 2.45pm

Cost: Free

Meditate for spiritual awakening , stress care, joy & health.

» Find out more and register here

Cycle to work (GOVT initiative)

The provider can help by putting in bike racks etc.

» Read the Government guidance here

Encourage all staff to join service users in exercise on regular basis – make it fun

Use certificates; member sets own individualised goals and get a certificate when they achieve it

Sport England

Get active Sport England have put together tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home. Find 10 tips to get you started and free online content.

» Click here to find out more 

Work Environment

Examples of ideas that could be offered:

Work with staff to improve staff room and facilities – this can include things such a snack bar, quiet room or even having some team photos around the office/staff room.

Have a fridge available for staff to store their lunches

Room to rest not just get a quick bite and catch up on paperwork

Music in background or calming noises e.g. water or birds

Book corner – swap and share

Notice board “for sale items” birthdays, happy events – can be a real notice board or virtual

Plants – Green areas  – quiet area for supervisions and or coaching especially in Home Care Companies – multiple studies have found that being near indoor plants can lower stress levels.

Arco (discount available on their clothing to aid comfort, either individuals or companies through The Academy– if you’re a HCPA member then you can get exclusive discounts at Arco.

Plastic Free July – July 1 – July 30 2021

Join millions of people reducing their plastic waste.

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?

»Get involved by clicking here.

World Nature Conservation Day – 28th July 2021


Examples of ideas that could be offered:

  • Link with “Guardian” look at different health days and celebrate them
  • Link with “environment” use notice board to have support links e.g. diabetes, menopause
  • Link to “exercise” Actively encourage staff to look after themselves
  • Sponsored exercise – link to just giving or crowd funding to go to something in the home or in staff room
  • Utilise resources for nutrition such as the NHS Eat Well Guide and Good Mood Food.
  • Mental health, Understand your own mental health and well being.
  • Offer counselling by utilising tools like ‘Here For You‘.

Mental Health Peer Support Group

About this event: We are a friendly, safe peer support group where everyone is welcome. We come together to walk and chat without fear of judgement.

Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

»Click here to register for free

Love Parks Week – July 23 – August 1 2021

In previous Love Parks Weeks‘ we encouraged everyone to get out and enjoy their favourite park. By using and celebrating your local park, you are helping us to protect them for future generations.

»Click here to find out more.

Healthy Hubs

Healthy Hubs are a free one-stop shop for health and wellbeing information, advice and support, making sure you get the help and guidance that is right for you.

There are a number of Healthy Hubs across Hertfordshire. Each one has teamed up with a range of local services to ensure that you can access the help you need to stay healthy and well.

»Click here to find out more

Career Pathways

Examples of ideas that could be offered:

Train for succession – what next?

Offer developmental training

Encourage the use of The Care Professionals Academy

Talk to our recruitment team

Good Care Month – July 1 – July 30 2021

In Hertfordshire alone, we currently need to recruit around 4,000 paid carers each year. The Good Care Campaign is about celebrating the great work you and your staff do each and every day and sharing it via the campaign. It is your chance to engage and inspire the public to consider social care as a great career choice and recruit more people to work for you. We are campaigning to raise the profile of the social care sector and to promote the great career opportunities and progression available to those who choose a career in social care.

»Click here to find out more.

Meet Bugsy MaGNOME!

Bugsy MaGNOME is off visiting all of you amazing Care Providers throughout July. Bugsy wants to help you with you activities and events during Good Care Month as well as help promote your organisation and the care sector.

Whatever type of provider you are, Bugsy would love to visit.

» Register your interest here