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Carers Count Virtual Sessions December 2020


13:00 - 14:30 - Carers Workshop

15:00 - 16:30 - Christmas Creative Chat


11:00 - 11:30 - Tai Chi

11:30 - 12:15 - Meditation


11:00 - 11:30 - Tai Chi

11:30 - 12:15 - Meditation


13:00 - 15:00 - Kirklees Mental Health Carers Forum


12:45 - 14:00 - Christmas sing-along


13:00 - 14:00 - Christmas Dance session   


13:00 - 14:30 - Zoom Christmas Party


13:00 - 14:30 - Christmas Creative Chat


International Day of People with Disabilities - 3 December 2020

Wednesday 3 December 2020 is the International Day of People with Disabilities. To mark this event, once again, the Disability Team are delivering online training sessions from Monday 30 November - Friday 4 December, to raise awareness of disabilities and increase engagement with colleagues across the University. We are delighted to be joined by colleagues in Wellbeing, Staff Development, HudStudy, Careers, HR, Staff Disability Network and the Student Union, to provide a variety of trainings opportunities for staff and students during the week-long celebration of this event.

We are offering a wide range of training sessions during the week that will focus on invisible disabilities, mental health difficulties, digital accessibility, assistive technology, reasonable adjustments, autism and dyslexia awareness. Please use this link to review the full selection of activities and book on to sessions. 

In addition, we have produced two webpages, one with information that colleagues will find useful and one for students, with a host of new information on disabilities. Both webpages will be available from 30th November for the week and can be accessed here:- 

Staff Information: International Day of People with Disabilities  

Student Information: International Day of People with Disabilities

The Oastler lights will shine purple for the week in support of our events and we would also invite staff members to join us in wearing purple that week to help raise awareness of disabilities. 

We hope you will join in and support events where possible during the week.  


Zoom Cuppa and Chat Session with Carers Count - 26 November

Are you helping or looking after a family member?

Carers Count provides support and access to resources, for those of us who undertake a caring role.

On Thursday November 26th at 1pm they are hosting a Zoom Cuppa and Chat Session explaining the different types of support available to carers and how to access it.

You can book a place on the Zoom Cuppa and Chat Session and/or watch an overview video on the Carers Count website.

Carers Count are based in Huddersfield, but they also work with neighbouring organisations who support those of us who live, or look after someone who lives, outside of Kirklees. They produce a regular newsletter with lots of useful information and provide support in:

  • Carer Wellbeing
  • Advocacy- Getting your voice heard and understanding choices
  • Information & Advice
  • Benefits
  • Mental Health Service for carers

Telephone 0300 012 0231  Monday-Friday 9am-5pm


National Inclusion Week 2020

This year’s National Inclusion Week (NIW)  takes place between Monday 28 September – Sunday 4 October.  The events listed below are running throughout the week, online through Zoom or Teams due to COVID-19 restrictions, they are centred on sharing and promoting inclusive practice.  The theme this year is Each One, Reach One, which highlights the impact we can all have by reaching out to others and sharing the importance of inclusion. 

Details of our full programme are as follows:

Monday 28 September 2020, 1.00pm – 2.00pm 

An Introduction to Psychological Safety

In this 60-minute introduction to psychological safety, you will explore the key areas you need to know about psychological safety in the workplace.  Psychological safety in the workplace means that every single person in an organisation is able to bring their whole self to work and feel safe to speak out. There are 5 key areas that organisations need to address to ensure EVERYONE can bring their whole self into the workplace and feel safe to do so.

In this session, Gina will talk you through the 5 Pillars of Psychological Safety.  Gina Battye is a world-renowned Authenticity, Psychological Safety and LGBT+ Inclusion Consultant and Trainer for Multinational Corporations, Fortune 500s, TV, Film and the Global Press.  Gina's 5 Pillars of Psychological Safety are the building blocks being used around the world to create fully inclusive workplaces.  In essence, they cultivate an environment where people thrive.  When you have a psychologically safe environment, people communicate and collaborate effectively and a culture of curiosity and creativity is cultivated.

In this session you will explore:

  • What is psychological safety
  • Why it is important
  • What affects your safety in the workplace
  • What do psychologically safe environments look like
  • The 5 Pillars of Psychological Safety

Book An Introduction to Psychological Safety


Tuesday 29 September 2020, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Software to Support Studying and Working

Many people can have times when studying/working is an uphill struggle and some people have additional needs. This session will explore software which can support everyone and assist with studying and working more effectively and efficiently.

This session will be run by Andy Eachus (Digital Skills Trainer – Accessibility)

Book Software to support studying and working 


Wednesday 30 September 2020, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Inclusion by Design: Are Your Documents and Emails Inclusive?

This session will focus on what we can change in our daily practice to make our communications more accessible for those that have a disability.  It will explore why creating inclusive documents and emails matters and the positive impact that improving your practice in this area can have.

This session will be run by Sharon Morgan (Senior Disability Adviser and Project Coordinator) 

Book Inclusion by Design


Thursday 1 October 2020, 1.30pm – 3.00pm 

Supporting Student Mental Health

This session will provide an introduction on how to support students with mental health issues; we will look at four of the most common issues that we face in Wellbeing (anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicide).  Participants will discuss a number of scenarios and decide what the best course of action is.

This session will help participants to:

  • Learn more about anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide
  • Identify the impact MH difficulties have on students’ attendance, engagement and attainment.
  • Maintain boundaries with students
  • Manage self-care
  • Understand the impact of capacity and consent regarding confidentiality

The session will be run by Emma Carpenter (Wellbeing Manager) and Francesca Devlin (Wellbeing Educator and Advisor).

Book Supporting Student Mental Health


Friday 2 October, 1.00pm – 1.45pm

Supporting Working Carers

5 million people in the UK are juggling caring responsibilities with work - that's 1 in 7 of the workforce.  Caring can be rewarding, but it does impact every aspect of a carer’s life, including their own mental and physical health, relationships, finances and work.  Due to the coronavirus outbreak, carers are facing even greater challenges to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.  There will also be people who have recently taken on new caring responsibilities because of the pandemic.

Ann Marie Brabiner from Carers Count, Kirklees will host an open session giving advice and details of support available to those of you with dependants, however great or small your caring responsibilities.

Book Supporting Working Carers




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