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Health and Wellbeing Training

Skills and strategies for your workforce

With a track record of providing training to public sector organisations, LiveWell Dorset is expanding this offer to commercial companies. Leading Public Health Dorset's Prevention at Scale programme; LiveWell has supported 25,000 residents to make lifestyle changes, keeping them healthier for longer. The introduction of training for businesses will improve Dorset's health and wellbeing with greater scale.

Wellbeing is fundamental to staff engagement and productivity. Drawing on LiveWell's expertise in behaviour change, it will support managers to introduce skills and strategies to improve staff physical health and wellbeing. Workshops introduce tools to initiate lifestyle change for workforces and include:

  1. Five Ways to Wellbeing
  2. Managing Stress, Building Resilience
  3. Healthy Conversations
  4. Motivating Others

Training workshops are approved by the Royal Society of Public Health, which has long recognised the importance of education in the influence of health and wellbeing.

In addition to training workshops, LiveWell will offer Health MOTs in staff break rooms and foyers. These provide an opportunity for staff to measure their lung age, BMI, blood pressure and receive signposting to further support. LiveWell will survey workforces; reporting on staff wellbeing, needs and recommendations.

LiveWell's Business Development Lead, Julia Calleja says:

“We're excited to introduce our training workshops to local businesses. They have great potential to bring about positive change in workforces. After a recent training day at a local solicitor’s firm, we were pleased to hear of staff choosing to use the stairs rather than the lift, to increase their step count! These little changes add up and result in much bigger change across whole workforces.”

Partnering with Weymouth College, LiveWell will deliver a range of half-day courses to managers, employers and their staff. These include:

Health and wellbeing change starts with strengthening the confidence of staff through knowledge and skills. Please visit further information on LiveWell Dorset’s training offer.

LiveWell Dorset is provided by Public Health Dorset, a partnership of BCP Council and Dorset Council. It supports the wider healthcare system as the public are signposted Dorset's single point of access service.

LiveWell supports any adult in Dorset to quit smoking, drink less alcohol, lose weight and become more active. It uses a framework of behaviour change science that identifies capability, opportunity and motivation barriers to healthy living (COM-B).

By registering online or calling LiveWell's Weymouth based contact centre, residents can access free healthy living advice and coaching. Advisors offer lifestyle guidance and support choices. Coaches empower clients to set and achieve lifestyle changes (typically six one-to-one telephone consultations). Advisors and coaches direct clients to a range of opportunities including discounts to local gyms, activities and weight loss group vouchers.

How does this work?

The tailored approach LiveWell Dorset uses to come up with solutions to the things that are stopping us achieving our goals, is based upon work done by University College London developing the COM-B model of behaviour change. In this model, all behaviour is influenced by understanding a person’s capability to change, their opportunity to change and their motivation to change. By understanding which of these is the biggest barrier to change, we can tailor support accordingly. This model of behaviour change is at the centre of the support we offer, online and in person.

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