On Wednesday 19th April Sue Lambert Trust held a staff and volunteer wellbeing day following on from the success of our two-day wellbeing event in 2022.
The wellbeing day is intended to provide an opportunity for our hardworking staff and volunteers to unwind and de-stress from their roles. At Sue Lambert Trust we are aware of the importance of maintaining a balance for mental health and wellbeing and also like to give something back to our team.
The day started with some craft activities where we could design a tote bag, make a wind chime, or bird feeder over a cuppa and a chat.
We then had the lovely Michelle Bappoo return after joining us for our first wellbeing days to offer a relaxing south bath where we explored the beautiful sounds that conjured colours and images to the forefront of our minds, becoming observers of our own state of being.
This was followed by some energetic, engaging Bollywood and bhangra dancing with Tina, a professional dancer and ambassador. We were all given a bhindi and dressed in Bhangra costume complete with ghungroo bells around our right ankles to keep in time. We learnt important hand movements including the lotus flower and were told not only do we need to move our hands but our whole body, which involved a lot of bum wiggles! We learnt and completed a full dance routine and had the opportunity to create our own moves in pairs in time to some great music. The whole experience was great fun and a lot more tiring than we’d anticipated.
After this we had a short break for lunch and many people took the opportunity to utilise the seated massages we had on offer throughout the day.
After lunch we had the return of Lewis Buxton, who held another amazing poetry workshop. We were tasked to think about our superpowers and think about how we could convey these to others which included ink girl and the kung fu kid. We moved onto read a poem entitled ‘becoming a horse’ and then created our own short poems about our own becoming.
Xenia Horne of UK Harpists then joined us for some breathwork and singing followed by some beautiful renditions of some amazing songs.
Finally, we held what is now fondly regarded amongst staff, a good old quiz covering news and current affairs. There were a couple of teams and it created a great atmosphere, with the winners, team ‘drumstick’ taking home many sweet goodies.