Due to the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19), our daily routines have changed and we're all working differently - either remotely, or out in the borough delivering essential services in highly unusual circumstances.

To help, here are a few ideas to hopefully make your days and weeks a little easier. If there's anything you'd like to suggest for this page, please email staffinfo@wirral.gov.uk.

Wirral Leisure exercise videos

Join staff from Wirral’s leisure centres and stay active at home. Our fitness instructors have uploaded short exercise clips to Youtube, including Buggy Park Fitness and West Kirby Concourse’s regular chair-based exercise class.

Weekly wellbeing newsletter

Keep your mind healthy

NHS campaign Every Mind Matters has published advice to help people look after their mental health while they are staying home. It provides 13 useful steps – including taking time to relax, not watching too much news, and talking about your worries.

The Headspace website and app is offering free meditation, sleep and movement exercises. Visit the website for videos, calming music, and short stories designed to inspire your day.

Paying more attention to the present moment – and to your own thoughts and feelings – can improve your mental wellbeing. The NHS website has some helpful information to help you practice mindfulness.

For the little ones in your families, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has a resource to help children hope with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Working Remotely

We’re all getting used to working very differently and lots of us are learning as we go. You can access health and safety information, remote working advice for employees and managers and other resources on our dedicated intranet site. There also is a poster you can download with some key pointers about working remotely. It’s important that you keep in touch and stick to a good routine to support your work-life balance during this challenging time

Microsoft Teams - top tips!

Many of us have now been working at home for nearly two weeks, and we have seen a big increase in the use of Microsoft Teams. Some may have already been using it regularly but for other staff it will still be relatively new. Here are a series of top tips to help you get the most out of using Teams. If you’ve got any you’d like to add, please contact the Organisational Development team:   organisationaldevelopment@wirral.gov.uk

Guidance for those who are working from their usual place of work

Please read advice on staying well at work

Mental Health Awareness Week starts today (Monday 18 May) and this year’s theme is ‘Kindness’.

A programme of activity has been organised for council staff, with online sessions and resources focused on this year’s theme of ‘kindness’.

A special Lunch and Learn session will take place on Microsoft Teams on Thursday 21 May from 12.30-1.30pm on the Mental Health Awareness Week theme of 'Kindness'. The session will cover what kindness is, why it is important and how it benefits everyone. This session is open to all staff and you can book your place by clicking here.

There will also be a session designed specifically for managers titled ‘Managing Mental Health’ on Tuesday 19 May. This will cover a range of currently available resources, tips and guidance on discussing mental health issues with individuals as well as guidance and tools for planning current and future support needs. Managers can book a place here.

Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) will also be available to talk to colleagues throughout the week. MHFAs are people who have been trained to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

You can contact MHFAs this week at the following times:

  9-11am 11am-1pm 1-3pm 3-5pm
Mon 18 May

Neil Dalby 
via teams or  
07770315476 

Oliver Downing 
Via Teams or personal mobile 07936693366 

Neil Dalby 
via teams or  
07770315476 

Sandy Voas via teams or  0778540891

Sandy Voas via teams or  0778540891

Tue 19 May

Caroline Healing via Teams or 07730435806 

Debbie Capper
via Teams or  
07554 226199 

Debbie Capper via Teams or 07554226199 

Sandy Voas via teams or  07785408918

Debbie McCourt via Teams or 07955075806 

Wed 20 May

Caroline Healing via Teams or 07730435806 

Debbie Capper
via Teams or  
07554 226199 

Debbie McCourt via Teams or 07955075806 

Kathryn Dutton via Teams or  07794812338

Julie Mann on Teams  or 07770471959 

Mark Newman via Teams or 07825356764 

Thu 21 May

Neil Dalby 
via teams or  
07770315476 

Oliver Downing 
Via Teams or personal mobile 07936693366 

Sandy Voas via teams or  0778540891

Debbie McCourt via Teams or 07955075806 

Debbie McCourt via Teams or 07955075806 

Iain Miles via Teams or  07973156233 

Fri 22 May

Neil Dalby 
via teams or  
07770315476 

Julie Mann on Teams  or 07770471959

Nicola Morris via Teams 
or 07733213887

Neil Dalby 
via teams or  
07770315476 

Nicola Morris
via Teams 
or 07733213887

Look out for more ideas and resources on how to look after your mental health in our latest Wellbeing Newsletter.