UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


EDI Wellbeing Focus Group

The Wellbeing Group aims to promote the physical and mental wellbeing of GOS ICH staff and students through informative and interactive events. See below for information on the activities we host.

Lunchtime Yoga Classes with Marta

yoga sessions with Marta Zancolli

"I'm a scientist working in paediatric clinical research at GOSH and dedicating most of my spare time in learning and teaching about yoga. I genuinely live my passion and deep interest in the roots of yoga as a wonderful inward journey as well as an ongoing learning experience. Since October 2018 I’ve also embarked in a 2 year course in Yogatherapy which for me represents a great opportunity to immensely deepen my knowledge of the human body-mind relationship as well as a process to help individuals to maintain, nourish and re-establish this balance when it's lost in order to improve their health and well-being."

Weekly Yoga classes on Thursdays, 12:30 - 13:15, in the Wellbeing and Quiet Room (PUW Room G02)

Classes are intended to help you create more space in the body and mind, stretch and release tensions, improving our well-being. Through mindful movement and breathing techniques we can strengthen our body and mind, improve flexibility, concentration, and deepen our connection with ourselves and others.

Classes are mixed level and can be tailored to your needs.


GOS ICH Crafts Club

GOS ICH Crafts Club


No crafting skills necessary - ALL WELCOME!
We are always happy to receive donations of the following items:

  • Knitting needles
  • Crocheting hooks
  • Wool
  • Knitting/crocheting patterns (all levels)
  • Small cross-stitch kits (unused)
  • Colouring pens
  • Alcohol pens
  • Adult-level colouring books

Donations can be taken to Janet Nicholas (Developmental Neurosciences) or Anne Anton (Developmental Biology & Cancer)

If you would like to be added to the Craft Club mailing list, please contact Janet Nicholas or Anne Anton.

Wellbeing at UCL

Wellbeing at UCL is the five year wellbeing strategy for the whole UCL community (staff and students) - find out about how to live a healthy lifestyle, wellbeing events, and more...

ICH Wellbeing Champion - Janet Nicholas, Developmental Neurosciences Programme - janet.nicholas@ucl.ac.uk

Mental Wellness - UCL are committed to supporting your mental health and wellbeing, and have a range of supports available to you throughout your time here, including the Employee Assistance Programme - Information and emotional support services

Student Support and Wellbeing - Our team of expert wellbeing, disability and mental health advisers provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space, in which you can discuss any issues that may be affecting your ability to study - find out more...

The 'Positive App' is a brand new app for all students.  The 'Positive app' looks at many aspects of how we think, feel and behave and provides students with the tools to support and maintain their wellbeing, guided by psychology, neurosciences and medical sciences - find out more and download the app...

Multifaith Prayer and Wellbeing Quiet Rooms

The GOS ICH Multifaith Prayer and Wellbeing Quiet Rooms are located on the ground floor of the PUW. They are open to all staff and students.

  •  Room G01 will be used for religious observance, multifaith prayer activities or a quiet space. 
  •  Room G02 can be used mindfulness, meditation, organised wellbeing activities or a quiet space. To enquire about booking the room for organised activities, please contact ICH.QuietRooms@ucl.ac.uk.


TED Talks on emotional wellbeing
Events and Workshops

Desk Yoga/Stretching (Marta Zancolli)

Desk yoga explores practices that modify yoga poses so that they can be done while seated on a chair or standing. These simple and effective  modifications make yoga accessible to everyone and they can be practiced  at any time for a few minutes or longer during the day at work or at  home. Practiced regularly they will help to release tension, stretch the muscles and mobilize the spine and the joints and  improve circulation in the common areas of stiffness and tension such as  neck, shoulders, wrists, lower back and hips. These practices are grounding, improve concentration and productivity and bring mental and physical wellbeing.
Mental Health First Aid training at UCL
All Wellbeing Champions are trained in Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education provided by MHFA England. Anyone who would like to become a mental health first aider can sign up for the 2-day training delivered by one (or two) of our trainers.
How to become Mental Health First Aider:
If you would like to become a Mental Health First Aider, please contact ohw-wellbeing@ucl.ac.uk and you will be placed on the waitlist and notified when new training dates are released.