Wellbeing in the workplace – Talk the Walk

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Date(s) - 25/11/2009
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm



Co hosted by the Royal Borough of Greenwich Healthy Living Service

Presentations made on the evening included:

Dr Mike Brannan – Regional Public Health Group, Department of Health on the Health Work and Well-being Challenge Fund for SMEs

Harold Coggins – workplace health through Tai chi

Helen Deaton – NHS Greenwich’s Healthy Workplaces Programme Manager will speak on her work in the borough.

Claudette Edwards – NHS Lambeth Staff Support Manager

Joy Ellery – Director of Knowledge, Governance and Communications at University Hospital Lewisham

Jerry Gibson – ACAS’ support of the role of line managers in promoting and achieving well being in the workplace – and the skills that will help them do this.

Charlotte Hall – Programme Manager, London Works for Better Health at the London Health Commission

Dana Hayes – Workfit Project Manager at NHS Islington on lessons learnt from workplace health in Islington

Grace Mehanna – Business in the Community – their Business Action on Health Campaign

Veronica Reynolds – Director of Walk England on  the 2,012 Active Challenge Routes project an outline of this Be Active Be Healthy project and how to get involved.

Adam Shaw – The Stress Management Society – Walk Innovation – A new path to health.

Richard Smith & Stacy Woodward – Campaigns Manager for Living Streets’ Walking Works on how Living Streets promotes health in the workplace.

Richard Soulsby – The role of holistic life coaching in supporting personal well-being.

Andrew Stuck – “travel-abouts” – getting staff more physicaly active.

Donna Tzelepis – Fitbug – Supported workplace health tools to encourage employees to be more active.

Koy Thomson – CEO London Cycling Campaign on the formation of the Cycling Star Alliance, a new ‘one-stop-shop’ of cycling related businesses.

Talk the Walk: Networking events for people promoting vibrant walkable neighbourhoods.

The format of a Talk the Walk event is fairly straightforward:

  • Meet up, and go on a walk
  • Mix and Mingle
  • Listen to a 3-5 minute presentation – up to 16 at any event – (let us know if you have something you want to talk about).
  • Ask questions – Share ideas – Create an action plan

Talk the Walk offers any participant the opportunity to speak to the whole group. The more speakers there are the less time each is given to speak.

Each Talk the Walk has a definite theme; themes have included: physical activity; emotional well-being and public space; animating public space; workplace health, retrofitting for walking; and children, play and independent mobility.

Bringing professionals from different fields together to promote walking is key to Talk the Walk, and in trying to achieve this and to keep costs to a minimum we have co-hosted Talk the Walks, with the Urban Design Group at the Arts Council, with Groundwork London, with Play England, with the London Borough of Bromley and with NHS Greenwich.  We are always keen to hear from other organisations that can offer us a venue that accommodates 40 people.

You can read about previous Talk the Walks on this wiki and find out what participants think about them.

Go to Get in Touch page to register your interest in a Talk the Walk or other Talkshops we offer form.