Alpacas star at employee wellbeing day
It was all about celebrating Airedale as a great place to work at the employee health and wellbeing day at Airedale Hospital last week with over 600 members of staff dropping in to the annual event.
There were 50 interactive stands at the event on Friday to give staff a boost and for the trust to show its appreciation for the fantastic work done by the 2500 employees that do their best for patients every day. The stars of the show though were Titus, Teddy and Theo – three alpacas from Thornwood trekking farm in Oxenhope, who came to bring some fun and relaxation so staff could take a few minutes out of their day to feed and pet them.
Other highlights from the event were:
- A free water bottle for every employee from the EcoawAire sustainability group and the staff lottery so staff can keep hydrated throughout their day
- A stand to help get the conversation going about the effects of the menopause and how colleagues can be supported
- Demonstrations of the latest technology for medical training techniques from the Leeds University ‘Time to Teach’ team
- A Top Gear style ‘Stig challenge’ so staff could test their skills on where their waste needs to go every day
- A free and very popular lunch from the Aagrah restaurant and Yorkshire Dales ice cream sponsored by Sovereign healthcare and the Staff Lottery
- Uplifting songs performed by the Airedale choir
Jo Farn, Interim Head of People and Organisational Development at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust said:
“The theme this year was about looking after each other and creating a great place to work to achieve our goal of being a preferred employer for our local population. We know that looking after our employees and their experience means a better experience and care for our patients.
It was a fantastic event, thank you to colleagues for attending and to the organisers and exhibitors who contributed to making the day a success.”