Writtle University College (WUC) in Essex is creating innovative new ways to support students, staff and alumni. On March 19th, WUC launched Writtle Health. The new Facebook group, which gained 150 members within its first 24 hours, will help the University College's community to stay connected during the Coronavirus pandemic by swapping tips, advice and wellbeing ideas.
Sport Development Officer, Amy Grimsey, has already begun sharing workout videos and competitions. She said: "We just want to spread some positivity and keep the Writtle community connected during this time of uncertainty. Health and wellbeing is so important, particularly now, so I'm very happy I am able to help by sharing workout videos, recipes, fun challenges, mental health advice and keeping spirits high!"
Members have the opportunity to join fitness challenges and swap food suggestions. They can also recommend the best activities, books, films and shows to enjoy at home.
The University College's Safeguarding and Wellbeing Manager, Claire Cross, added: "We're delighted to see our staff and students working together to create and maintain an online community. Health and wellbeing are so important in the current climate and we encourage everyone to stay active and connected. Amy has done a fantastic job of coming up with an idea that will help bring our community together. The wellbeing team is looking forward to being involved with the group and offering advice and support."
In light of recent government advice, Writtle University College has taken a number of steps to safeguard students and staff, including the suspension of all face-to-face teaching for Higher and Further Education students until further notice. The University College is offering supported online teaching via remote learning facilities and will provide remote access to services including, but not limited to, wellbeing support and careers advice.