Wellbeing Resources

Health and Wellbeing for Employers and Employees

Dorset Chamber is committed to helping businesses provide health and wellbeing support to their employees.

The importance of this is becoming increasingly clear with the benefits including greater productivity, improved staff retention and engagement, reduction in stress and anxiety in the workplace, reduced sick leave and absenteeism and an enhanced reputation.

Recruitment in many sectors remains difficult and therefore those seeking employment are looking at potential employers to see if they will provide them with an improved work life balance and a workplace environment that values them and supports their wellbeing.  If employers want to recruit the best people for their business, then they need to demonstrate that they are supportive of this.

In 2021 we held a well-received programme of events around the menopause and business leader resilience. Thanks to continued support from our sponsor Lester Aldridge we have put together an exciting programme of events for 2022. These include monthly online workshops, on a host of subjects from healthy eating, the importance of exercise, new research into gut health and its key to our wellbeing, meditation, time management techniques, mindfulness practices, how to build resilience, coping with financial distress, avoiding burn out, conflict management, emotional intelligence and beginners’ guides to Pilates and yoga. As well as lots of advice, strategies and discussions there will be a range of suggested resources and signposting for further information.

Following on from our first successful online workshop, our next event is entitled:  HOW TO CREATE A HEALTHY WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT FOR EMPLOYEES 

It will be held on Tuesday 15th March 11.00 – 12.10 and will feature:

Stuart Entwistle from Osmond Ergonomics – Thirty years ahead of the game with offering work/desk solutions that cater for the health and wellbeing of their customers. Learn about the amazing health benefits of standing desks which range from lowering the risk of heart disease, obesity and helping with back and neck pain.
Debbie Martin from BWT Physio: Debbie will give a presentation outlining how businesses can transform their office environments by making just a few small adjustments.
Diana Briggs of Therapeutic Yoga: Will talk about how we can help staff in the workplace to engage with there health & wellbeing more consistently helping them to make positive choices. She will also demonstrate
some simple yoga moves and breathing exercises.
Sara Dunning from the Big Plant Company: Will encourage us not to underestimate the transformational powers of plants in the work environment. They can invigorate the space and and actually help you breathe easier.

Please join us and sign up by clicking the link below. Book now to avoid disappointment.


|  Links to sources of help and information:

BBC Mental Health:

We know we can’t solve all your troubles, but we can give you tools to help.                                                

Mental Health at Work

In 2018 the Duke of Cambridge launched www.mentalhealthatwork. org.uk from Heads Together and Mind. It brings together resources, training and information – providing the tools needed to make workplace wellbeing a priority


We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Mental Health Foundation UK:

Our knowledge, informed by rigorous research and practical based study, has been pioneering change for more than 70 years and we aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo or tackle difficult or under researched issues.

Dorset Mind:

Delivering 1-2-1 and Group Support including: Active Monitoring, Befriending Counselling and Mentoring. Also provides training for the workplace, including Mental Health First Aid and topics such as Mental Health Awareness, Anxiety, Stress and Burnout, Grief, Loss and Big Change and Courageous Conversations.


Whatever you’re going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.

Access Dorset:

Dorset Healthcare’s mental health services include Connection – a 24/7 helpline for all ages, the Retreat and Community Front Rooms where you can access virtual support, at varied hours.

Step Change Debt Charity:

Providing free and impartial debt advice via phone. The team of debt experts help thousands of people every week to deal with their debt problems and get their lives back on track.

The Money Advice Service:

Giving free and impartial money advice.                                                                                                           

Light On:

A mental wellbeing campaign by the people of Dorset for Dorset.                                                                    


For more than 100 years, we’ve been championing better work and working lives by setting professional standards for HR and people development, as well as driving positive change in the world of work.


We work with millions of employers and employees every year to improve workplace relationships. We’re an independent public body that receives funding from the government.

Health & Safety Executive:

HSE’s Management Standards approach to tackling work-related stress establishes a framework to help employers tackle work-related stress and, as a result, also reduce the incidence and negative impact of mental ill health.

Nuffield Health Bournemouth Hospital:

Fiona Clarke runs a weekly clinic on a Monday at the hospital and appointments at the clinic can be made following a telephone assessment.

|  Menopause Support:

Dorset Chamber is committed to raising awareness of menopause within the business community.

We have gathered resources, information and support for employers and employees

Wellness Action Plan:

Support your team and yourself with our free Guides to Wellness Action Plans
Click for more information

|  GU6 Initiative:

Dorset Chamber’s initiative helping to build the resilience of business leaders in what potentially has been the most challenging business climate of our time.

Dorset Chamber ‘has the backs’ of our business leaders offering personal and confidential support to employers who may be finding stress levels too much to cope with.
Our GU6 Champions will be able to offer crucial peer support to fellow members, as well as signpost to further help where needed.

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