Connected Places Catapult takes a holistic approach to wellbeing with a focus on prevention and education.
By providing a platform for people to share their individual stories, Connected Places Catapult can support colleagues and thus prevent issues arising by building allyship in the workplace. This allyship aims to empower individuals to feel confident to talk with colleagues who may have been through similar experiences and seek advice on how they have sought help.
Connected Places Catapult hosted several events this year to enable employees to build an understanding of the different cultural backgrounds, beliefs and experiences of their colleagues.
One such event was Time to Talk Day. Connected Places Catapult invited a colleague from the Catapult Network to come and share his story about the impact of living with bipolar, how he dealt with diagnosis and what he has been doing to raise awareness of this disorder to support others. He spoke openly to colleagues about the symptoms of the disorder and how he created a support network to help him monitor how he’s doing and the benefits he felt from having friends/family and also work colleagues support him with this.
Other events held so far in 2021 promoting the importance of, diversity and inclusion are:
Sharing cultural celebrations: A presentation on the significance of Chinese New Year and the meaning behind the various ways it is celebrated with families.
International’s Women’s Day: Prof. Sarah Sharples, former Connected Places Catapult Non-Executive Director and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Nottingham led a discussion on the role of innovation in achieving gender quality, the impact of the pandemic on women and key factors needed for a successful diversity and inclusion
Walk All Over Cancer Month: A group of ten Connected Places Catapult colleagues took on the challenge to walk 10,000 steps a day, every day in March and raised £3,457 for Cancer Research UK.
Pride Month: Panel discussion which featured two internal allies from Connected Places Catapult and facilitated by Toby Thompkins, Forbes Featured Leadership Advisor and two internal ally enthusiasts on the subject of allyship.
Men’s Health Panel: Four men from Connected Places Catapult sharing their experiences during Covid, how this has affected their mental health and the reasons why barriers exist in men feeling able to share their mental health challenges.