- 3rd October 2018
- Posted by: Joanne Woodhouse
- Category: Blog
We all know we need to move more! So, we encouraged our staff to make a pledge, big or small, to be more active throughout July on our Just Be Active initiative.
As part of our commitment to Health and Wellbeing this year, we wanted an event which specifically encouraged people to be more active and promote longer-lasting health benefits. Most of all, we wanted something inclusive and that could be fun to take part in.
So, we asked as many people as possible to make a simple pledge – something activity-related that they can achieve during the month. There was no stipulation on what could/could not be included – as long as it got the heart beating a little quicker. Anything from attending a yoga class twice a week, to doing a 20-minute walk at lunchtime three times a week, to participating in a park-run.
Obviously, we just wanted as many people as possible participating in some form of activity. The winning office was that which (by % of pledges made) completed the most.
“The Just Be Active campaign has been a huge success, with staff in all our offices getting involved – it’s also been embraced by client teams we are working with” commented Marc Pinnell, JBA Consulting Managing Director.
Our Wallingford office were the worthy winners, earning £1,000 to donate to a local health/mental health charity of their choice. The office also received a pot of money to encourage further physical activity.
“We’ve decided to use the group money for lunchtime yoga sessions. We all had a great time taking part in the Just Be Active campaign and are already looking forward to next year’s challenge” commented Richard Pardoe, Wallingford office Just Be Active champion.
The Wallingford team had a short list of seven local mental health charities, and through the power of a doodle poll they ended up with three that people wanted to support.
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
A charity set up in memory of a young man that took his own life while suffering from depression, that promotes the education of young people in how to maintain wellbeing. £500 will pay for a day’s mental health awareness training at a school. Find out more about the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
A charity that helps people take control of their recovery from mental illness, develop skills and lead meaningful lives. They offer recovery groups, workshops and coaching. £200 could train someone to recognise and support people in mental distress, £25 could provide one-to-one support to someone to get back into work. Find out more about Restore
A children’s charity that harnesses the power of play to enhance the emotional wellbeing of children and families. £250 would provide a term of one to one play and creative arts therapy to help a child with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Find out more about Clear Sky