Today, we're launching a new programme of online workshops for health and social care staff to help build personal resilience and enhance their wellbeing. 

Working in partnership with NHS Scotland and Scottish Government, these preventative sessions aim to empower participants to self-care and manage stress.

After successfully delivering digital Health at Hand™ sessions to energise staff and alleviate the pressures that frontline staff face in one health board, we will open NHS Scotland’s Focus on Wellbeing programme on Wednesday 17 February 2021, with more than 1100 staff signed up to participate in the opening Restore workshops.

Addressing the physical and mental stress for those working in the NHS and social care services, Scottish Ballet created a series of movement and breath videos. The programme comprises 10-minute videos titled Energise, Rejuvenate, Relaxation (for the start, middle and end of shifts, respectively) and a longer 20-minute Restore session for staff experiencing trauma stressful situations at work.

Our Health at Hand™ programme, launched in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, won the 2020 Achates Philanthropy Prize for Scotland and the resources are available for everyone to access for free.

‘We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of health and social care staff and have taken immediate action to provide support while they respond to the pandemic. We are also working to build a sustainable culture that will continue to prioritise staff wellbeing in the future. That is why we supported Scottish Ballet to deliver a Focus on Wellbeing programme for our health and social care workforce, and unpaid carers. Their Restore sessions programme will offer a creative outlet to help alleviate stress and are a great way for people to learn how dance techniques can enhance personal wellbeing.’

Clare Haughey, Scottish Government’s Mental Health Minister

‘At Scottish Ballet, dance is our primary way of connecting with communities. We are committed to sharing our work beyond the stage, and proud to be collaborating with the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland to bring the benefits of movement to support front line-workers at this time.’

Christopher Hampson, CEO/Artistic Director