Link & Learn Series

Link & Learn is series of one hour, bite-sized learning sessions delivered in your own workplace by a range of experts. This series gives your employees the opportunity to come together to find out about issues that affect them, at times and locations that meet your business needs.

We’ve taken your feedback on board and changed the format for Link & Learns. There will be multiple sessions to choose from across four Link & Learn months throughout the year allowing for more choice and flexibility. We’ll also be releasing future topics for the year ahead to help you plan out your engagement and wellbeing calendar for the year ahead.

So what’s available to you?

Transformational (Platinum) and Workplace members can avail of six sessions per year. Strategic members (Level 2), four sessions and Engaged members (Level 1) can take up to two sessions per year, subject to availability.

Please note, organisations are strictly limited to booking one session per topic area.  Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and we will compile a waiting list for fully booked sessions.

September ’17 – Work-life Balance

Working Carer Awareness, Carers NI

15% of our workforce in Northern Ireland are caring for loved ones, family members or friends who are ill, disabled or elderly. Whether you’re a carer, know someone who is or manage a staff member who’s carrying out a caring role, this session will give you a better understanding of the issues carers face, carers’ rights and entitlements and where carers can go to for support. The session will cover an overview of caring in Northern Ireland, the legislation affecting carers, the impact of caring on work and how Carers NI and employers can support carers.

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Do Less.  Achieve More.  How to achieve the perfect work life balance, The Dympna Hannon Clinic

When life is out of balance it creates pain – physical, mental and emotional. This session aims to increase your focus, energy and joy of life so you can achieve more by doing less. With more than 20 years’ experience in management across a number of sectors and diverse range of businesses – coupled with her own personal experience – Dympna Hanon brings a unique understanding and approach to achieving balance in life.

The session will share techniques to help you improve focus, remove procrastination and become more present. It will demonstrate the power and energy of your own thoughts and the thoughts of those around you, how they are affecting you, and how to change this for the better. This will help to improve your relationships, and increase productivity by being balanced and pain free.
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Being an effective working parent, Parenting NI

This seminar will give working parents the time to think about how they parent and the different styles involved. This session will enable parents to consciously think about how they parent with an overall aim of making life in their home easier with happy and healthy children.

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Keeping Children Safe Online, NSPCC

This seminar will give parents and those with contact to children the skills and knowledge to understand the internet and technology as children do – from online games and cyber bullying, through to setting up privacy settings and controls. The sessions are designed to show best how to ensure the safety of children online and will include the following key areas:

  • Explore what children do online
  • Identify some of the risks children face online and the ways to respond to them
  • Learn about practical tools and resources to help your family stay safe online

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November ’17 – Wellbeing at work

Corporate and office yoga, Axis Yoga Belfast, Alexa Sleator

Please note, this is a yoga session – appropriate clothing is required; mats/towels are advised In a world with increasing stress, demands, longer working hours and higher expectations to perform, this hour long group yoga session invites employees to take part in gentle physical movement, stretching and relaxation.

Besides creating a positive and responsible working environment, the sessions have extensive, proven health benefits including improved individual stress management, increased energy, mental clarity and alertness, increased productivity, work performance and motivation.

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Alcohol and drugs awareness, Addiction NI

Throughout this session, experienced trainers from Addiction NI will challenge employees to consider their own attitudes to alcohol, providing a combination of information and interaction with the group.

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Pain Management, Arthritis Care

Living with chronic pain can make you anxious, frustrated and angry, leading you to tense your muscles, which can add to your pain.  You might have difficulty sleeping and conducting day-to-day activities that you previously enjoyed which can leave you feeling even more frustrated and anxious, leading to low mood, tiredness and fatigue.

Arthritis Care’s ‘Challenging Your Pain’ workshop will support you to explore a range of techniques to help you manage your pain.  The workshop will not cure your pain but will help you to make small changes that could make a huge difference to how well you manage the physical and emotional impact of living with pain.

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January ’18

Diversity Champions – Rewarding Workplace Diversity, The Rainbow Project

This session provides an overview of The Rainbow Project’s Workplace Engagement Programme for LGB&/T Staff. Within the session, the following topics will be covered:

  • Introduction to gender and sexual minorities – terminology and research
  • Workplace research findings for LGB&/T people
  • Diversity & Inclusion Versus Equality
  • Ten steps to Inclusion
  • Overview of the Diversity Champions Programme
  • Overview of Rainbow Project’s training packages for workplaces
  • Opportunity for questions and discussion

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Healthy Lifestyles

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Sleep and performance

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May ’18

Dementia Friendly Communities, The Alzheimer’s Society

Understanding dementia is vital if we are to support the 20,000 people in Northern Ireland living with a form of dementia. Dementia doesn’t discriminate, every three minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed, but while there is no cure, people can and do live well with the condition. Alzheimer’s Society provides information and support for everyone affected by dementia and is researching for treatments for today and a cure for tomorrow.

In the meantime by learning about dementia and understanding the many ways it can affect people, the business community can be a supportive and welcoming place. We all come into contact with people with dementia, whether they are family or friends, neighbours, acquaintances, or customers, and becoming a Dementia Friend gives a person of any age the confidence to be supportive of people affected by dementia through better communication and improved understanding.

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Understanding Dementia, Dementia NI

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Personal resilience, Dynamite Lifestyles

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September ’18

Supporting employees after trauma

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Domestic Violence

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November ’18

Making a Will, TBC

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Financial Planning, TBC

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For further information, email Cathy Preston or call (028) 9046 0606.