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Summer Memberships on Sale at the UC RecCentre – starts Cup Week!

Ah… the sweet hibernation of winter is long gone, along with excuses that it’s too cold, too wet, or too dark to exercise. Then came Spring, and we dusted off our walking shoes and took a few jaunty laps of Hagley Park to enjoy the cherry blossoms. Summer is just around the corner,  and with most of the students away, it’s a quiet time to get to the RecCentre to add to your wellbeing, all just a stone’s throw from your desk.

Perhaps you’ve been thinking about taking some yoga to relieve stress and pain, or zumba classes to dance away your ills? Maybe you’ve finally got yourself ready to ‘hit the gym’ to reap the benefits of adding muscles to your frame?  Whatever your ‘why’, summer is a great time to look for your ideal exercise at the UC RecCentre.

The Rec&Sport team – who run the RecCentre facility – aim to offer a variety of exercise options because we know that one size does not fit all!   Make no mistake, the best way to stick to an exercise plan that adds to your health is to find something that brings you joy!   Reflect on each activity you try and ask yourself if you beared it, or whether you really enjoyed yourself?  Keep trying and learning new things until you find what fits.

To help you explore the buffet of activities we have at the RecCentre, we’ve got a great Summer special for new members.  On top of a roughly 30% saving on the 3mth price, we’re adding on a free BCS (gives you a great baseline health assessment) valued at $20, and a free SteerMe ( a personalised programme to help you reach your goals and be really efficient with your time at the gym) valued at $35.      Head over to our website to read the full offer, terms and conditions. 

Need an exercise buddy?  Great idea!  Anyone can join the RecCentre, they just pay a little more than UC Staff do! This offer commences on Monday 11 November 2019, and finishes on Sunday 8 December 2019.  If you’re still on the fence, why not try a 14-day trial?   It’s free for UC staff, and $25 for everyone else. If you get onto it now, you’ll still have time to grab this great 3mth deal!

See you soon!

NEW Health & Safety Representatives Elected

After the recent call for nominations for Health & Safety Representatives within the Colleges, the Health & Safety team is pleased to announce the successful nominees.

Health and Safety Representatives (H&S Reps) are staff who are nominated by their colleagues to represent their work group in health and safety matters.

H&S reps are often the go to people in the department if you have had any health and safety related question from “how do I report an event/hazard?” to “I’m taking a group of students on a field trip – what do I need to do?” or “I am suffering from discomfort and pain at my workstation – how do I get an ergonomic assessment?”

H&S reps are a skilled team who are committed to supporting their colleagues to ensure we all get to go home safely at the end of the day.

Name Department/Service Unit

 

Alison Loveridge Languages, Social & Political Science (including NCRE)
Karen Murphy Aotahi: Maori & Indigenous Studies
Mesbahuddin Chowdhury Management
Meredith Henderson Economics & Finance
David Round Law
Pan Zheng (Zheng Pan) Accounting & Information Systems
Bronwyn Beukes Teacher Education – Secondary Science
Toni Lawson Centre of Assessment & Monitoring
Veronica O’Toole Educational Studies & Leadership
David Winter Teacher Education
Sarah Cobb, Gaylene Price Education Plus
Garry Cotton Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Tony Doyle Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Julian Phillips Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Catherine Bell Computer Science & Software
Laurie Anderson Physical & Chemical Sciences
Claudia-Nicole Meisrimler Biological
Greg Russell Physical & Chemical Sciences
Rob Thirkettle Physical & Chemical Sciences
Arthur Dredge Security & CCS
Swee Hoon Goh Library – Macmillan Brown
Kathryn Hearsum ITS – CTS
David Cross Capital Works
Dave Lane Library – EPS
Tim O’Sullivan Library – James Hight
John Paterson Facilities Services – Building & Compliance
Hugh Robinson Facilities Services – Grounds
Sue Thompson Library – Collections
Bruce Vincent Facilities Services – Mechanical Services
Peter Bullock UC Print
Lisa Willis AVC Maori
Cassandra Yeo Early Years Care & Education
Zhania Anindya SSAC – (Liaison Auckland & Wellington Office)
Jacqui Tither Student Success – Academic Skills

After the recent call for nominations for Health & Safety Representatives within the Colleges, the Health & Safety team is pleased to announce the successful nominees.

Health and Safety Representatives (H&S Reps) are staff who are nominated by their colleagues to represent their work group in health and safety matters.

H&S reps are often the go to people in the department if you have had any health and safety related question from “how do I report an event/hazard?” to “I’m taking a group of students on a field trip – what do I need to do?” or “I am suffering from discomfort and pain at my workstation – how do I get an ergonomic assessment?”

H&S reps are a skilled team who are committed to supporting their colleagues to ensure we all get to go home safely at the end of the day.

Name Department/Service Unit

 

Alison Loveridge Languages, Social & Political Science (including NCRE)
Karen Murphy Aotahi: Maori & Indigenous Studies
Mesbahuddin Chowdhury Management
Meredith Henderson Economics & Finance
David Round Law
Pan Zheng Accounting & Information Systems
Bronwyn Beukes Teacher Education – Secondary Science
Toni Lawson Centre of Assessment & Monitoring
Veronica O’Toole Educational Studies & Leadership
David Winter Teacher Education
Sarah Cobb, Gaylene Price Education Plus
Garry Cotton Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Tony Doyle Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Julian Phillips Mechanical (Incl. Mechatronics)
Catherine Bell Computer Science & Software
Physical & Chemical Sciences Laurie Anderson
Biological Claudia-Nicole Meisrimler
Physical & Chemical Sciences Greg Russell
Physical & Chemical Sciences Rob Thirkettle
Security & CCS Arthur Dredge
Library – Macmillan Brown Swee Hoon Goh
ITS – CTS Kathryn Hearsum
Capital Works David Cross
Library – EPS Dave Lane
Library – James Hight Tim O’Sullivan
Facilities Services – Building & Compliance John Paterson
Facilities Services – Grounds Hugh Robinson
Library – Collections Sue Thompson
Facilities Services – Mechanical Services Bruce Vincent
AVC Maori Lisa Willis
Early Years Care & Education Cassandra Yeo
SSAC – (Liaison Auckland & Wellington Office) Zhania Anindya
Student Success – Academic Skills Jacqui Tither

Mindfulness Course for Children

Does your child struggle with anxiety or stress? Would you like to support them to learn skills to enhance their wellbeing?

  • The Psychology Centre is offering Pause Breathe Smile (PBS), a group for children (aged 8-11 years) who struggle with stress and anxiety to develop skills of mindfulness.  PBS is an evidence-based program, developed by the Mental Health Foundation, found to improve focus and attention, enhance self-awareness and reduce stress.
  • The group will run from 4 – 5pm, starting Wednesday 23 October for 8 weeks at the Psychology Centre, University of Canterbury. It requires both child and parent/caregiver to attend and learn together.  The total cost of the program is $200.
  • For more information, please email justine.brougham@canterbury.ac.nz

View the following YouTube clip to hear children explain PBS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awo8jUxIm0c

Further information about the research and benefits of PBS can be found here: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1707/S00094/pause-breathe-smile-mindfulness-training-will-help.htm

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK – FIVE WAYS TO WELLBEING AND SUPPORT ON CAMPUS

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week in Aotearoa New Zealand, which is all about focusing on our wellbeing and making sure we’re looking after ourselves.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are five simple yet proven actions you can use every day to help you find balance, build resilience and boost your wellbeing.

CONNECT / ME WHAKAWHANAUNGA
Talk and listen, be there, feel connected

KEEP LEARNING / ME AKO TONU
Embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself

TAKE NOTICE / ME ARO TONU
Remember the simple things that give you joy

BE ACTIVE / ME KORI TONU
Do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood

GIVE / TUKUA
Your time, your words, your presence

Support on campus
If you or someone you know would like to talk to someone about life at UC, getting help with managing your work, a personal matter or you just need someone to talk to, there is a range of free support available on campus.

Support for students:

Support for staff and students:

Support for staff:

Wider support

0800 LIFELINE (0800 543 354) or text HELP (4357) for free, 24/7, confidential support – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

September is Free Wills month!

Considering leaving a gift in your Will doesn’t equate to being old: it’s about providing for your family and ensuring that the things you care about can benefit when your time is up.

The University of Canterbury has partnered with Justly, the online Will writing service, to create a brilliant opportunity for staff, friends and family to write a Will and/or a Statement of Wishes free of charge. There is no obligation to leave a gift in your Will to the UC Foundation, it’s just a great benefit that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

Wills are not just for the rich and wealthy either. Regardless of how much or how little money you have, they ensure that your personal belongings and assets go to the people/good causes you nominate.

According to Sorted, less than half of adults in NZ have a Will, which means that if you die intestate (without a Will) those you care about most may not be looked after. This doesn’t have to be your final forever Will – it’s just a starting point to make sure you have every possibility covered.

To find peace of mind you can get started here. Once you have entered your email address you will be sent a link to begin (which can be activated at any time). Upon completion – approximately
10-15 minutes – you will be taken to a checkout and you can use the following codes to overwrite the minimum charges for a comprehensive single Will and/or a Statement of Wishes:

UCALUMNIWILL to claim your free Will
UCALUMNISOW to claim your free Statement of Wishes

Too easy!

In the months of July and August we have seen over 300 people access this service. Let’s see if we can beat this for September.

Any questions, just email kathryn.marshall@canterbury.ac.nz in the Alumni & UC Foundation team, or call 03 369 5530 for a chat.