Wellbeing experts from across Wales have taken part in an “unforgettable” conference at Sony UK Technology Centre (UK TEC), offering vital support to over 600 staff.
Ten organisations, which deal with different aspects of wellbeing and mental health, attended the first annual Wellbeing Roadshow at the Pencoed-based factory on February 17th.
The event enabled hundreds of Sony UK TEC team players to chat with representatives from organisations, including Public Health Wales, NHS Wales, and the School of Naturopathic Nutrition, to address any concerns, or simply access more information.
During the day, which took place at Sony UK TEC’s Visitors Centre, attending organisations were also given a tour of the award-winning factory, and learned more about the manufacturing projects undertaken by its staff.
After the morning session, all attendees were then treated to a networking lunch, followed by an afternoon session which enabled team players to speak further with attending wellbeing experts. The event had an overwhelming positive response, with over 400 team players saying they enjoyed the day.
The special event was organised in line with Sony UK TEC’s Healthy Minds focus for this year. As part of the internal initiative and its wellbeing policy, team players volunteered to attend a mindfulness course in order to deliver training to all employees. Team players have also undertaken a Mental Health First Aid course, in a bid to offer more targeted support to colleagues who may be struggling mentally and emotionally.
The facility is also in the process of arranging mental health awareness training for managers and supervisors, in order to ensure team players are fully supported in the working environment.
On the success of the first event, Gerald Kelly, Director of Professional Services, at Sony UK TEC said the day was informative and uplifting.
He said: “Our first Wellbeing Roadshow was a resounding success, and we’d like to thank all the team players and businesses that made the day so unforgettable.
“Working in manufacturing can be stressful, demanding, and challenging, so it’s vital that we are able to recognise, and adequately support our staff if their mental health or wellbeing is impacted.
“We feel that initiatives and events such as this are absolutely a step in the right direction. They don’t just inform team plyers about fantastic schemes which are on their doorstep to offer support, but most importantly encourage everyone to open up about their wellbeing and mental health.
“Our team players are the most important cog in the Sony UK TEC machine, without them we wouldn’t have achieved half of what we have. Their innovative thinking, passion, and talent is what keeps us progressive. So for us, their wellbeing is always our priority.”