This case study may be useful if you are looking for examples of developing a wellbeing policy, increasing awareness of wellbeing, developing resilience training schemes and/or promoting wellbeing initiatives.
Although rewarding and interesting, working in Chambers can also be demanding and pressured. Individuals deal with these pressures in different ways but there may be times when anyone can feel overwhelmed.
Ropewalk Chambers has created and trained six Wellbeing Officers who are on hand to offer support and signposting to members. They have also made direct links between chambers activities and the drivers of wellbeing in their wellbeing policy, in doing so they demonstrate the way chambers can educate members and staff in building and maintaining resilience.
What was the business (other case) for action?
They believe that any member of their workforce who is struggling should be given every opportunity to feel better and if there is a cost, either in financial or time terms, there should be no hesitation in offering assistance. No-one should have to deal with Wellbeing issues on their own.
What did the Chambers do?
Their aim is to engender an esprit de corps amongst their personnel.
“Ropewalk Chambers demonstrate a solid understanding of wellbeing and has clearly made a commitment to this agenda by equipping staff and members with the knowledge and skills to support their colleagues. They appreciate the value of simple initiatives to support wellbeing (finding ways to bring chambers together) and we were delighted to see the connection made explicitly in their wellbeing policy between the drivers of wellbeing and more general chambers activities.”
Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group
What were the results?
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