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Wellness Wednesday

Great news! The much-loved Dragon Cafe in the City is back this Wednesday, 14 November, between 12 and 7pm at Shoe Lane Library. Aimed at anyone working or living in the Square Mile, Dragon Cafe in the City offers a range of creative activities through the afternoon and early evening, all aimed at enhancing mental wellbeing and supporting resilience.

There's no need to pre-book, just come along at any time and enjoy what the Dragon Cafe has to offer. You are very welcome to bring along your lunch too, as long as it's not hot or too smelly.

Drop in during your lunch break, or even after work on the way to the station. We look forward to welcoming you then.

Click here to download a poster of the programme, to display in your workplaces.
The City of London Corporation is currently developing a corporate (external) alcohol strategy and would like to offer employers in the Square Mile the opportunity to share their views to help shape this work. This includes employers who do not have specific policies or procedures relating to alcohol use among their employees.

If you would like to provide your thoughts or views, please contact Dr Matthew Andrews - Head of Strategy and Policy (Director) at Safe Sociable London Partnership.
Quote of the week: "Investing in their staff’s health and wellbeing is vital for businesses. By signing up to the Mayor’s Healthy Workplace Charter, businesses receive dedicated support to create healthy and productive workplaces. The benefits to businesses are many – improvements to health, staff retention, productivity, recognition as a top employer and access to an exclusive network. We work closely with 25 boroughs and the City of London Corporation, whose Business Healthy initiative is helping to bring together the Square Mile’s business leaders in health and wellbeing.” Rajesh Agrawal, London’s Deputy Mayor for Business

Last few places remain

  • Shining Offline interactive workshop, Thursday 29 November

Business Healthy is collaborating with Shine Offline to deliver a free and interactive workshop on balancing technology and the "always-on" culture it facilitates, with workforce wellbeing and work-life balance.

This session is aimed at HR leads in Square Mile organisations and beyond and will offer opportunities to network, share ideas and best practice around supporting the health and wellbeing of workers.
Date: Thursday 29 November
Time: 4:15 - 6:00pm
Venue: AIG, 58 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 4BE
Places are limited and reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Book your place here.
This month...
  • 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence (25 November - 10 December)
According to the latest Crime Survey for England and Wales, roughly 1.2 million and 713,000 men experienced domestic violence (DV) in the year ending March 2017 (a total of 1.9 million). The police recorded 1.1 million DV-related crimes during the same period; the 800,000 gap shows the very hidden nature of this issue.

There are different kinds of DV:
- Emotional and psychological
- Threats and intimidation
- Physical
- Sexual
- Financial

Fundamentally, however, it's always about one person having power and control over another. This can include the dynamic between couples, between family members and adolescents to their parents. Anyone can be affected, no matter their gender, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, religion, or sexuality.

Domestic violence also includes forms of stalking, such as waiting or loitering around the workplace.

According to the Home Office, three-quarters of people who endure domestic violence will be targeted in their workplace. While some can find work a safe haven, for many, the fixed location of their workplace can make them an easy target for their abuser. Those who are enduring domestic abuse may go under the radar. They may take time off work as a result, and all the while, the employer believes it is a performance issue and is none the wiser. This can lead to job loss in many cases, which can exacerbate the individual's situation.

The aim of "16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence" is to engage businesses around the subject and to support them to take action against this silent epidemic.

As mentioned on the 16 Days of Action website, which is supported by Public Health England, employers have a legal obligation to assess dynamic risk and support the health, safety and wellness of their employees - this includes when employees are working from home, or locations other than the office. Companies may also be held liable if an abusive individual is using company resources (such as IT or vehicles) to target their victim.

Companies can help their employees who endure domestic violence, to train those who witness it and to protect staff as a whole, with the goal of securing safety and mitigating financial loss.

There is free support available to City employers and their staff to tackle domestic violence. Recently, the City of London Police and the City's Vulnerable Victims Advocate, have produced a business guide on spotting the signs and supporting employees affected by domestic abuse. The City of London Corporation and City of London Police commission a Vulnerable Victims Advocate (VVA). The VVA works with the City Police and other local support organisations to provide a free, confidential and independent service for those who work or live in the City, who are enduring domestic violence or hate crime. The VVA provides practical support and signposting on a one-to-one basis, but can also work with groups, where appropriate. She has access to a number of outreach sites across the Square Mile and can meet individuals at a location that is convenient and safe for them. The City's VVA, Ayesha Fordham, can be contacted in confidence on 07944 634946.

Public Health England and Business in the Community have also published a toolkit for employers on domestic abuse and there is Government guidance for those who are enduring domestic violence, those who want to support someone, or for those who think they may be an abuser.
Financial abuse is a form of domestic abuse and anyone can be at risk. The City and Hackney Safeguarding Adults Board has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of financial abuse and to spot signs when you, or someone close to you may be at risk.

Click on the image below to download a poster - please share this in your workplace.

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