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Get to know our Wellbeing Warriors

In the last edition of Staff Talk we introduced the Council’s first Wellbeing Warriors. The warriors are here to help you during this challenging time and will support, listen and sign post colleagues to relevant wellbeing resources.

Each Warrior has been through an accredited Mental Health First Aid programme delivered by Elaine McKenzie and Anne Kelly from Glasgow City College. The Mental Health SCQF Level 6 was specifically tailored in line with the Wellbeing Warriors agenda.

A further 11 warriors have now completed their qualification and here to offer advice and support to their colleagues. Find out more about all our Warriors below:

Meet Our Wellbeing Warriors
Jackie Smillie
Jackie Smillie
Senior Manager (HR & OD)

I wanted to become a Warrior as I was keen to play a key role in how we can support our employees who may be experiencing mental health issues within the Council. I think it’s important that we continue to raise awareness of this subject, and that we support employees in the form of a listening ear and signpost to expert sources of support.

Cathy Morgan
Cathy McGoran
Enforcement Officer, Environmental Health

When I’m not at work I love going out walking and spending time with my family, especially my grandchildren. I signed up as a Wellbeing Warrior to gain knowledge about first aid for mental health so I would know how to help people who may have concerns about themselves or someone in their family.

Craig Wilson
Craig Wilson
Council Officer

I decided to become a wellbeing warrior because I wanted to be able to help someone that is going through a difficult period in their lives. In my spare time I like to keep fit and do a bit of DIY, I also have an African Grey parrot called Mikey that can talk quite well and loves to watch TV and dance – he was a big part of the Wellbeing Warrior session online and listened attentively to each one!

Elizabeth Stewart
Elizabeth Stewart
Senior Manager, HSCP

In my role, I see the difference that a caring, nurturing and empatheic approach can make to an individual’s life. Most people need help at some point in their life and I wanted to become a Warrior to support my colleagues. When I’m not at work I enjoy travelling but sadly that’s not something I can do at the moment so I’m trying to get better at DIY and gardening.

Lynn Harvey
Lynn Harvey
HR Officer

I wanted to become a Wellbeing Warrior because I am aware of the various challenging difficulties some of our employees face on an ongoing basis. As a Warrior, if I can point someone in the right direction for help, whether it is for the employee themselves or a member of their family or a friend, then the training will have been worthwhile.

Lynne Pearson
Lynne Pearson
Secretary

In my free time I love to read, watch movies and tv shows and run (because I also love eating!). I wanted to become a Warrior so I could provide additional support to my colleagues – especially during these uncertain times. I also wanted to continue my self-development and build up my own personal resilience and emotional intelligence.

Andrew Hale
Andrew Hale
Health Improvement and Equalities Officer

Outside of work I have an interest in mindfulness and also play a little golf – although not too sure if the mindfulness has helped me play better! I was interested in becoming a Wellbeing Warrior as I have some background knowledge in wellbeing, and I wanted to help my colleagues with any issues that they might not want to take down a formal route.

Elaine Nixon
Elaine Nixon
Senior Manager, Customer Services

I have a positive outlook and enjoy providing support to others when it is needed. I have previous experience in supporting people in relation to mental health so I was keen to become a Warrior. I firmly believe that having good mental health is key and it’s really important to promote this across the Council.

Jacqui Dunbar
Jacqui Dunbar
Senior Localities Library Assistant

I enjoy taking time for myself by reading, listening to music, cycling, swimming and walking my dog. I was drawn to training as a Warrior as I’ve always been interested in health for the body and soul and I believe that mental health is just as important for our wellbeing.

Natalie Spooner
Natalie Spooner
Operational Manager, Business Support

As well as my newfound interest of keeping fit, I love spending time with my daughter, the rest of my family and my friends. I am people person and I’d love to help make a difference to peoples lives so when I received the email about becoming a Warrior, I knew it was something I would be interested in doing. The role might become challenging at times but if I can help someone then it will be worth it!

Robert Robb
Robert Robb
Assistant Waste Resources Manager

I’m a keen golfer and enjoy walking with the family and our cockapoo Maple. Recently I also became very interested in my own and my families wellbeing – I believe everyone experiences difficult times and as a Warrior, I’d like to support work colleagues to develop their resilience to deal with challenges they may face

Andrew Fox
Andrew Fox
Senior Technology Officer

We are living in extraordinary times and more than ever we need to support each another. I wanted to become a Wellbeing Warrior to help others to get the support they need and to reduce the stigma around Mental Health. It really is good to talk! Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my young family and letting my creativity run wild with Lego.

Angela Macdonald
Angela Macdonald
Project Manager, ICT Services

I have a keen interest in mental wellbeing and techniques that can help maintain a positive outlook on life.  I enjoy doing Zumba and yoga and I love to travel. We are going through challenging times at the moment.  This was what spurred me on to become a Wellbeing Warrior, being able to help any colleagues who may be going through a difficult time.  Sometimes it is just good to have someone to talk to.

Sheena Campbell
Sheena Campbell
Programme Manager

I know from experience how important it is to know someone is there to listen and offer support when life, or work, is dragging you down. Most of us, at some point, struggle with our mental health. I’ve been a single parent for many years and it’s not always been easy. Reaching out can sometimes be difficult, but Its ok not to be ok and we’re here for you.

Rachael Morrison
Rachael Morrison
Team Supervisor, Employee Services

I volunteered to become a Wellbeing Warrior because I wanted to learn more about Mental Health and provide a listening ear for anyone that needs to talk. I will be happy knowing that I have been able to signpost employees to the professional support available to them.

Calum Webster
Calum Webster
Senior OD Adviser, HSCP

Looking after ourselves and looking out for colleagues makes work a better place. In our day jobs we all do our bit for each other by being a supportive team member or colleague. Sometimes, someone is looking for just a little bit of extra help. I joined this team because we want to offer that help.  If you’re looking for supportive signposting, you can get in touch with me or any one of us.  We’d like to talk about what you can do and what help is available.

Barbara Hughes
Barbara Hughes
Senior Library Assistant

I am passionate about promoting wellbeing in the workplace and helping to remove the stigma of mental health problems. When I reached a crossroads in my life, I received help and made some simple changes to my life. I now want to help signpost other people to help when and as they need it.

The role of Wellbeing Warrior provides an opportunity for me to do this. ​​​​​​​

Louise Paterson
Louise Paterson
Finance Assistant

Mental Health is equally as important as physical health, and thankfully people are much more open to discuss it. I took the opportunity to complete the course as I’ve always had an interest in mental well-being. I’d hope to be able to help any colleagues, family members or friends with my newfound knowledge.

Sonia Sharkie
Sonia Sharkie
Team Leader, Customer Services

I wanted to become a Wellbeing Warrior as I think it’s important that no matter what walk of life you are in, you have someone to talk to. Sometime that’s all someone may need is a “listening ear” and know that they are not being judged and can speak freely. I think Mental Health has affected more people than ever this year and it’s important that someone is on your side and got your back. I feel becoming a Well Being Warrior has helped me to help others!

Elaine Steven
Elaine Steven
Admin Officer, HSCP

We all have mental health which can sometimes dip, and we experience difficult or tough times. As a Warrior, I believe it’s important that colleagues have a safe space to talk and are supported in identifying useful resources helping restore confidence and wellbeing. Out with work, I continuously fundraise for a family memorial, which is very close to my heart, affecting people living with cancer and going through emotionally difficult times.

Caitlin Murray
Caitlin Murray
HR Officer

I wanted to become a Wellbeing Warrior to support my colleagues and our employees when they’re not feeling themselves. I believe mental health is as important as our physical health and everyone goes through a stage in their life where they need a listening ear. The course really brought home for me the importance of our wellbeing and being there for people. If I can help one person, I will be happy knowing I was able to assist them in seeking professional help and signpost to support agencies.

Hayley Smith
Hayley Smith
Team Leader, Customer Services

I was keen to join the Well-being Warriors as I know difficult things can be for everyone. I’ve been at a place where I needed support and I wanted to be there for others! When not at work I’m usually out exploring with my fur baby Scout who is a lovely golden cocker spaniel. He certainly keeps me entertained!

Fiona McMeechan
Fiona McMeechan
Senior Organisational Development Adviser

I know how important it is to talk to someone when you have a lot on your mind, and sometimes a problem shared is all the intervention your need. I was keen to introduce the Wellbeing Warriors programme into the Council as added resource for our employees. And as a Warrior, I will simply listen empathetically and signpost professional services if and when required.

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