On the 25th of July this year, Northumbria Police held a senior leaders wellbeing and culture event.

Barbra Wilson, HR Manager has summarised the day for us below.

Described as a fun but challenging day with Senior Leaders, the event produced some great debate and reflection on a continually topical subject. Key gaps in the approach to force wellbeing were identified during group discussions and Senior Management Teams across the force have now been tasked with seeking ideas from the wider workforce that can help us all create a happy, healthy and engaged workforce! We want everyone to be given the opportunity to provide their feedback on how we do things better.

To inform discussions on the day, we used the 6 subject areas from the Blue Light Wellbeing Framework and set up an activity station that captured that theme. Activities ranging from live drawing, planting herbs, building bridges, sewing and smoothie making all kick started each session. Once the fun part was over, it was time to put our strategic thinking caps on and consider barriers, quick wins and long term aspirations. Thoughts from each group were recorded on a large template that represented the familiar “trivial pursuit” board.

Those who attended the event took away a smaller version of the activity to get feedback from their teams, and participants were asked to make a single pledge to support their teams wellbeing and an improved culture.

Alongside our Senior Leaders group session, a Wellbeing event open to all officers and staff was ongoing at our Force HQ. Staff associations and key stakeholders including charities and local businesses were invited to join us for the day to talk about the services they can offer our workforce.

Colleagues from the Dyslexia Assessor Group, Optima Health, Hilton Hotels, Skinnypigs, National Trust, Unison and GMB are just a handful of those who joined us for this very popular and well received event. Smaller events are being encouraged at all of our geographical locations to ensure we reach everyone across the Force.