Wild Wellbeing Days

Wild Wellbeing Days & Wild Work Days

Improve the wellbeing of your employees

Did you know that every three in five employees experience mental health issues at some stage in their career, costing the UK economy £30 billion a year? And it’s not just the economy that suffers, clearly this comes at a huge personal cost to the individuals involved too. It is likely that one in eight of your workforce is suffering from a mental health issue right now.

Employers have an important role to play in helping improve the wellbeing of their staff and Cumbria Wildlife Trust can offer a helping hand. Research shows that individuals spending time in nature report improved wellbeing, which is why The Wildlife Trusts have designed their Wild Wellbeing Days and Wild Work Days. 

Staff members taking part spend the day surrounded by nature, whilst discovering new ways to look after their health and wellbeing. They also experience the feel-good factor of having achieved something worthwhile for wildlife and their community.

Similar initiatives led by The Wildlife Trusts have shown excellent results, with an independent review finding that 95% of Wildlife Trust volunteers with low wellbeing report an improvement within six weeks of involvement with their Wildlife Trust. Employees from Siemens have also reported a marked change in wellbeing, with 81% stating they felt happier and healthier following just one day with their Wildlife Trust. That’s 4 in 5 people that participated!

As well as improved wellbeing, our Wild Wellbeing Days and Wild Work Days give colleagues a chance to connect with one another outside of the usual working environment – strengthening relationships back in the office.

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Wild Wellbeing Days and Wild Work Days can make a BIG difference

Our Wild Wellbeing Days and Wild Work Days are about improving your staff’s health and wellbeing, as well as making a difference to wildlife in your area.

As we all find our way through the impact Covid has had on us, both in our personal and working relationships, we will each need to find ways of coming together as effective and healthy teams. A day with us is a relaxed way to do this in a safe and pleasant environment.

Did you know?:

  • Taking a positive, proactive approach to mental health at work can help you fully engage your staff, making them more receptive and productive.
  • Developing a reputation for tackling wellbeing and looking after your staff will help you to retain existing and attract new employees.
  • Being outside increases our activity levels and improves our physical health; it also boosts our social and psychological wellbeing by reducing stress and anxiety, increasing positivity and self-esteem.

By providing your employees with the space and time to access nature, you can help them to feel better, think happier thoughts and help them connect with others.

Wild Work Days are team building days that make a real difference to both Cumbria’s environment and to your staff. Time away from the office, bringing teams together, strengthening relationships, and making a positive difference for wildlife too through the conservation activity.

Wild Wellbeing Days are a natural way to a healthy workplace. More focussed around the health and wellbeing of your staff and providing coping mechanisms and coaching, they give people time to reconnect with nature and themselves, and to learn naturally healthy ways of managing stress and anxiety.

"It was a great day. I feel physically and mentally refreshed!" -Siemens employee

"What I liked about the day... learning new things, meeting new people, being active and doing something good for the environment.” - Costain employee

Wild Work Days

Wild Work Days are team building days that make a real difference. Working with colleagues in a lovely natural environment is a therapeutic way to enjoy a break from the office, bring teams together, strengthen relationships, and make a positive difference for wildlife.

A Wild Work Day involves your team spending a day at a Cumbria Wildlife Trust nature reserve or a project site, helping with conservation tasks to improve habitats for wildlife or spaces for communities.

You could be helping with a coastal litter pick, transforming a community wildlife garden, helping to create a flower-rich grassland, or doing work to protect our upland peat-bogs. You could also take part in a citizen science survey, for example gathering data on rocky shores or on shark and skate egg cases.

Wild Work Days take place at locations across Cumbria and cost £50 per person (plus VAT), hot drinks and cakes are included (minimum 6 participants)

Email michellew@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk for more information or to book.

Wild Wellbeing Days

Wild Wellbeing Days are a natural way to a healthy workplace. Staff get time to reconnect with nature and themselves, and learn naturally healthy ways of managing stress and anxiety.

A Wild Wellbeing day involves your team spending a day at a local wildlife garden or nature reserve. Over coffee we’ll introduce them to the site and explain the wellbeing objectives of the day. The morning will be spent how a little bit of time in nature, and some simple mindfulness techniques, can have huge mental and physical health benefits. After a relaxed lunch break, it’s time to give something back to nature, working with Cumbria Wildlife Trust staff on conservation or wildlife gardening tasks.

The day itself is based around the recognised ‘five ways to wellbeing’ pathway:

  • Connect with nature and people
  • Be active through exercise and activities
  • Take notice of the world and nature
  • Keep learning by developing skills and self-awareness
  • Give back to nature and the community

Wild Wellbeing Days are £75 per person (plus VAT), hot drinks and cakes are included (minimum 6 particpants) and take place at:

Case studies

Siemens

Over the past year, nearly 700 Siemens staff have taken part in the Wild Wellbeing programme across the country. Following the programme,

  • 81% of employees reported increased mental wellbeing following their first day
  • 63% of participants felt that team spirit was better after their Wild Wellbeing Workdays.

The work they carried out helped to create a beautiful, safe and wildlife-rich natural environment for the benefit and use of local communities. For example, in Cumbria 300 kg of rubbish was collected from Foulney Island nature reserve, clearing areas and making it better for nesting birds and people alike. Staff also had the opportunity to learn more about the birds they were helping.

Siemens people in nature

Costain

Over half of construction workers have suffered mental ill health in their lives, with one in four having considered taking their own life. Recognising the need to support their staff, Costain decided to take part in the Wild Wellbeing days, changing the pace of activity and tasks throughout the days from more strenuous directed activities such as raking meadows to mindfulness walks and meditation, and onto self-directed activities including bushcraft.

Every Costain employee that took part reported feeling happier, healthier and more positive on their return to work. They also learnt a number of valuable ways to help look after their wellbeing from being outside chatting to others, to learning new things and meeting new people.

I enjoyed being with people and working as a team in a friendly, relaxed environment. (Costain employee)

volunteer wildlife trust

Matthew Roberts

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