Wellbeing Champions play a crucial role for Wellbeing@UCL as they support, enable and promote the strategy across UCL academic departments, divisions, faculties and professional service areas.
Who are Wellbeing Champions?
Our network of Wellbeing Champions helps to implement and support Wellbeing @UCL through effective signposting, knowledge of support available, organising and promoting wellbeing activities, and encouraging healthy lifestyles and positive mental health.
Champions foster a positive and supportive environment across the UCL community, for both staff and students. They facilitate and document local wellbeing activity, working collaboratively with other wellbeing champions.
Champions are fully supported in their role. Initially they attend a development programme to help them organise and manage events.
We have a network of over 145 Wellbeing Champions embedded across UCL faculties, departments and professional service areas at UCL. They are undergoing their training programme and will be able to advise you on any wellbeing related matters locally. Champions are also running wellbeing events in their departments so stay tuned and get in touch with them if would like to get involved.
Become a Wellbeing Champion
Wellbeing Champions are voluntary members of staff who support and promote UCL’s Wellbeing Strategy, Wellbeing @UCL. Champions know their work areas and colleagues best so know what is needed and what would be most effective in their respective environments.
This role will be in addition to your current role and you are not required to do set amount of hours. As much as you are able to do is sufficient unless we have a specific activity or event that requires more time. However we do need for the information to be shared and be prepared to answer any questions or concerns colleagues may have about wellbeing. You need to agree locally with your manager how this will work in practice. We believe the Wellbeing Champion role has the ability to transform UCL for the better and hope managers will support your engagement in this role.
Example of activities:
A suitable candidate will have the following atributes:
- An enthusiasm for, and interest in wellbeing, improving the working environment and supporting engagement
- Being approachable and willing to help others
- A basic understanding of healthy lifestyles and health promotion
- Keen to keep up-to-date with UCL Wellbeing activities, attend the occasional training event/meeting and collaborate with other champions
- You must be a direct employee of UCL and have approval from your line manager
Development opportunities and support
You will be supported throughout your Wellbeing Champion role. This includes an initial development programme coverings areas such as health improvement and promotion, event planning, available UCL services and Mental Health First Aid training.
You will also be invited to attend regular training workshops (e.g. suicide intervention) and termly meetings where you can hear from guest speakers, network with other Champions, receive updates on upcoming wellbeing activities, learn best practice and share wellbeing success stories.
How to apply
If you are interested in becoming a Wellbeing Champion, you will need your line manager's approval in the first instance and then contact firstname.lastname@example.org
UCL Occupational Health & Wellbeing, 4th Floor, The Health Centre Building, 3 Gower Place, WC1E 6BN