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POA Learning are delighted to announce a “Festival of Wellbeing” to be held over three days from Tuesday 14th July to Thursday 16th July 2020.
The festival will see a number of online webinars, run by three well-being experts. To maximise participation and offer everyone a chance to become involved and take part in the sessions they will be held at various times throughout each day.
We introduce Iain Smith who will be running a session entitled “A Wellbeing Buffet”. Iain presents key ideas in an entertaining and accessible way so that attendees can easily put them into place and use them the very next day. His training courses consistently receive fabulous feedback.
The” Wellbeing Buffet” contains a selection of strategies and ideas that people can easily use. Stress, Pressure, Stepping Back, Self-Talk, Perspective, and Negativity vs Positivity are just some of the topics that will be discussed and at least one idea or technique, that is easy to apply in everyday life, will be offered. The variety encourages sustained online engagement for all learners.
Iain’s sessions will run on Tuesday 14th July (10am-12pm), Wednesday 15th July (5.30pm – 7.30pm) and Thursday 16th July (2.00pm – 4.00pm).
Another session that is surely going to have people talking is Robin Graham’s “Laughter Yoga”.
Robin’s passion is for communicating and sharing and includes using laughter both therapeutically and for fun. He is known as an inspirational speaker delivering workshops, training, ice breakers and presentations throughout the UK and overseas.
Here is an overview of the workshop: At the start of each session, we will let our mind take a 30-minute holiday. Through a series of gentle exercises, we will use our breath, playfulness and laughter to bring us into the present moment. No matter how busy we are, we all sometimes need a way to take a step back, and laughter is one dynamic, powerful way to do this, in times of boredom, laughter can be an energiser and increase our sense of happiness.
As we observe ourselves and the changes we have made to how we feel, we will then take a deeper look at laughter and playfulness, our breath, and the choices that we make. Topics that will be explored include the physiology, meaning and benefits of laughter; inappropriate laughter; some techniques to deal with life’s challenges; breathing techniques to relax us; and how we have some choice over which thoughts we choose to keep hold of.
You can join Robin for his sessions on Tuesday 14th (2pm - 4pm), Wednesday 15th (10am - 12pm) and Thursday (5.30pm - 7.30pm)
Finally, Matt Pointon, a Unionlearn projects officer, brings us his sessions around “Mindfulness”.
Matt supports unions to access a wide variety of learning opportunities. He has many years of experience in adult education and delivers a number of short taster courses in workplaces.
This course is an exploration of short mindfulness interventions to reduce stress comprising of six mindfulness exercises, three of which are engaged in during the session.
Matt will be presenting his webinars on Tuesday 14th (5.30pm - 7.30pm), Wednesday 15th (2pm - 4pm) and Thursday (10am - 12pm)
This is a great opportunity to take time out and understand more about your own, and others wellbeing as POA Learning continue to support and guide learners through our commitment to offering learning opportunities for all.
Booking for the webinars are online via Eventbrite: www.poalearning.org.uk/wellbeingfestival.
Deputy General Secretary
Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.