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During December there will be a number of online wellbeing events for employees. 

Highlighted below are all of the live webinars and workshop sessions. Some sessions will be recorded to help maximise accessibility of viewing to employees after the event, those sessions will have an (R) marked beside them.

How to book on to a session:

  • Look through the information provided on the sessions available below. If you would like to join one or more sessions, please email EmployeeWellbeing@southlanarkshire.gov.uk
  • If you are joining from a personal email address, please include your full name and employee reference number
  • Once we receive your request(s) we will send you a Microsoft Teams invite to join your chosen event(s) on the day

Live sessions available:

Wednesday 1 December: 1pm - 1.30pm

Winter Walk Meditation with Julie Simpson from Absolute Wellness (R)

Start December with a relaxing winter walk, as Julie takes you through this peaceful guided mindfulness meditation. Enjoy the sense of calmness this practise can bring and a moment of relaxation just for you.

Friday 3 December: 9am - 9.30am

HIIT session with Kirsty Mitchell from South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (R)

Let Kirsty set you up for the weekend by taking you through a fun and energetic class. This is an opportunity to burn some serious calories and have a guilt free extra mince pie or chocolate. Options for beginner to advanced will be provided. Wear something comfortable and have water on hand to cool you down, no equipment required. Let’s do this!

Monday 6 December: 12pm - 1pm

Helping you save energy at home with Home Energy Scotland (R)

Millions of people will have seen their energy bills increase since August, due to the energy price cap rising. This workshop has been to designed to help us stay in control of our future energy, save money on our bills, as well as reducing our impact on the environment. Learn about grants/funding that may be available to you, and new practical tips and hints around all things energy. There will also be a chance to win a Hamper full of eco goodies!

A session not to be missed!

Tuesday 7 December: 12.pm - 12.30pm

Managing money in 2022 with Scott Craig from Scotwest Credit Union (R)

Find out about the types of services and wealth of information a credit union can provide you with. Maybe you want to plan some savings for next Christmas, or are budgeting for a new purchase next year? Or just curious about what the benefits are for being in a Credit Union. Join this session to find out all about credit unions and more!

Wednesday 8 December: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Managing stress and burnout, with Elaine Walker from PAM Assist

This session will be carried out by Elaine Walker, an experienced CBT accredited Therapist with PAM Assist. Managing stress and burnout seems even more prominent due to impact of living and working through the pandemic. There may be other reasons for experiencing stress and burnout and this session aims to help us to:

  • be aware of the concepts of stress and burnout
  • be aware of the impact of work-related stress and burnout
  • understand strategies and methods to prevent and mitigate the impact of work-related stress and burnout (including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques)

An important topic and session, proving information and tools to help strengthen resilience and wellbeing.

Thursday 9 December: 1pm - 1.30pm

Learn about what SLLC has to offer you, with Vicki Kennedy from South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (R)

Find out about the benefits and different options of SLLC gym membership. What discounts are available for employees and win some free taster sessions!

Friday 10 December: 12.15pm - 12.45pm

Chair Yoga with Kirsty Mitchell from SLLC (R)

A different way to try yoga, Kirsty will take you through a number of yoga postures to help gently stretch out the stresses of the week. This might just be a great introduction to yoga, if you haven’t tried it before. You will need to be able to access a chair for this class and if possible, please wear something comfortable to maximise movement. This class is suitable for all levels.

Tuesday 14 December: 11.45am  - 12.30pm

What is mindfulness? With Julie Simpson from Absolute Wellness (R)

During this session, Julie McFall will explain what mindfulness is and some of the benefits it can bring. She will also discuss how to create a mindfulness practise in your life and will provide a short mindfulness meditation. 

Join this session to find out how small changes an make a big impact on your wellbeing.

Wednesday 15 December: 1pm - 2pm

Sleep and Mental Health, with Hayley Romain from the PAM Wellbeing

Hayley is a Mental Health workplace trainer, counsellor and career coach with PAM Wellbeing. During this session she will discuss the importance of sleep and how it can affects our wellbeing. To help understand the impact of not getting enough good sleep and some pointers on how to improve our sleep, Hayley will discuss how to:

  • recognise the impact that lack of sleep can have on emotional wellbeing
  • understand how our body clock affects our moods and behaviours
  • understand the role the 4 stages of sleep play in emotional health
  • consider how much sleep is needed and identify ways to improve the quality of sleep

Who knows, having a bit more knowledge on sleep, could be the start of some better sleep for those attending the session!

Thursday 16 December: 4pm - 5pm

CBT for menopause with Ruth Devlin from Let’s Talk Menopause

Ruth Devlin founded Let’s Talk Menopause to raise awareness and provide accurate information on the menopause. She is passionate about providing accessible, evidence-based information and support for women, employers and health care professionals, which helps women to make more informed decisions about how to manage their menopause

During this session Ruth will explain how CBT can reduce the impact of hot flushes and night sweats. She will also explain some of the basic practical tools that can be used to help with menopause symptoms, and a simple relaxation routine to build into your day.

Spaces are limited, for this informative and interactive session. Please book asap, if this session would be of benefit to you.

Tuesday 21 December: 12.30pm - 1pm

Laugh and De-stress, Laughter Yoga with Sharon Miller from JoyWorks

December can be a tough month for all and sometimes a good laugh can work wonders to release some stress. Sharon from JoyWorks intends to bring you much laughter through this 30 minute, interactive session. She also aims to leave everyone feeling energised and refreshed.

Included in this session are:

  • Fun group activities
  • 10 Laughter yoga exercises
  • Breathing/Mindfulness activity

Sharon will also explain the concept of Laughter Yoga and it’s health and workplace benefits. Attendees will be given a document with recent science backed ideas and activities for happier teams – so you can share the benefits with your colleagues!

If this brings a smile to your face and you have an open mind, and a willingness to play book on asap, as spaces are limited.

Wednesday 22 December: 4pm - 4.30pm

Hatha Yoga session with Kirsty Mitchell from South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture (R)

An introduction to Hatha Yoga using poses and breathing techniques to relax and restore the mind and body. An ideal session for a full body stretch that will relieve tension, boost self-esteem and challenge posture, flexibility and balance. Suitable for all levels.

Thursday 23 December 2021: 9am - 9.30am

Slowing Down Meditation with Julie Simpson from Absolute Wellness (R)

We started this month of wellbeing events with a winter walk meditation and now we turn to looking at slowing down.  Allow Julie to provide you with 30 minutes of slowing down time.

Book onto this session and enjoy the benefits, this pocket of rest, will give your mind.


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