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Wellbeing Champions play a crucial role in promoting wellbeing across UCL

Wellbeing Champion recruitment update

Due to a high volume of applications, we are currently revieweing the distribution of Wellbeing Champions across UCL departments and will prioritise applications from underrepresented areas. Applications from areas with a high proportion of Wellbeing Champions will be placed on hold.

Who are Wellbeing Champions?

Our network of Wellbeing Champions helps to implement and support Wellbeing @UCL through effective signposting, knowledge of available support , 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.

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They receive training in Health and Wellbeing Promotion, and Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education. Wellbeing Champions are required to attend regular role development workshops to ensure they are equipped with the skills necessary to support their local UCL environments, while reporting into the Workplace Health team.

We have a network of over 168 Wellbeing Champions embedded across UCL faculties, departments and professional service areas, who able to advise you on any wellbeing related matters and wellbeing events locally.

Find your local Wellbeing Champion

 

Role Description
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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:

  • Promoting health and wellbeing campaigns, events and messages via email, poster displays, distributing leaflets and team meetings
  • Participating in UCL wellbeing events and encouraging colleagues to get involved
  • Organising wellbeing activities e.g. lunch-time walks, coffee mornings, yoga or mindfulness sessions, book clubs, hobby groups
  • Collaborating with other Champions
  • Providing information about Wellbeing @UCL and signposting relevant services and support to staff and students
  • Providing activity information to the Head of Wellbeing via a termly wellbeing survey
  • Role modelling and promoting a healthy culture within the workplace
 

 Person specification

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, please seek approval from your line manager and follow the link below that will take you to the application form. **you need to be logged in to Office 365 to complete this form**

Apply here

Contacts

Karen Smith (k.a.smith@ucl.ac.uk), Head of Workplace Wellbeing

Kristina Middleton (ohw-wellbeing@ucl.ac.uk), Workplace Wellbeing Coordinator

UCL Occupational Health & Wellbeing, 4th Floor, The Health Centre Building, 3 Gower Place, WC1E 6BN