This case study may be useful if you are looking for examples of increasing awareness of wellbeing, developing resilience training schemes and/or promoting wellbeing initiatives
Hailsham have introduced a range of initiatives based on feedback from members. Initiatives include wellbeing education as well as social events to bring members together to support one another. A wellbeing officer has been appointed to coordinate activity.
Hailsham want barristers and staff to know that they work better when their work and non-work lives are balanced; and that when their wellbeing takes a dip, there is information and help at hand; also that others here have been through adverse wellbeing events and can offer a sympathetic ear.
What was the business (other case) for action?
Hailsham Chambers has experience of barristers and staff suffering from adverse mental health and/or stress at work. They were aware based on first-hand experience of the financial and organisational pressure this can put on Chambers. Their wellbeing strategy aims to mitigate wellbeing issues, and to identify potential problems earlier.
They also wish to maintain a reputation that Hailsham Chambers is a healthy and friendly place to work, which in turn will support recruitment and retention.
What did the Chambers do?
Hailsham deliberately sought to address wellbeing (of barristers and staff) from the bottom up, rather than imposing a policy from above.
An outcome of dialogue around wellbeing has been the introduction of events (e.g. a Music Quiz Night for staff and barristers and more ad hoc chambers coffee mornings/tea events (one was arranged for charity)).
Chambers also organises:
Other activity to support wellbeing includes:
Chambers also supports an established wine club.
“Hailsham has adopted a bottom up approach to wellbeing, creating a sense of ownership and acceptance of the agenda by encouraging members and staff to identify opportunities to improve wellbeing across chambers, whilst providing structure and support via a wellbeing officer.”
Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group
What were the results?
Feedback from the formal wellbeing presentations have been positive.
Members and staff are very enthusiastic, because chambers is acting on ideas suggested by members and staff. The impact of the Quiz Night cannot be understated in wellbeing terms. Opportunities to socialise together in an informal setting are few and far between. It is hoped similar evenings (in differing formats) will become an annual event.
Whenever there is a chambers tea event, there is a flurry of positive comment about how enjoyable this is and how it is good that this is being done more often.
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