The wellbeing team were among 380 people who TUPE transferred to Kier when the previous contract ended and the current interim contract began in April 2020. The mobilisation period coincided with the start of the first national COVID-19 lockdown. Many people on the contract, including recent TUPE transferees were working from home and potentially feeling isolated and disconnected.
Supported by both the BISC senior leadership team and our Group HR team in line with our belief in adopting best practice from across the highways industry, the team were mandated to continue the wellness sessions from the previous contract as part of leading wellbeing communications for the BISC.
They worked to enhance understanding and remove the stigma that still exists around mental health by organising local initiatives, events and activities to improve wellbeing and encourage health-related conversations, as well as promoting national mental health-related campaigns.
Over the next 12 months, this evolved into structured programme of presentations and discussions on relevant topics, known as Wellness Online Wednesdays (WOW). Capitalising on links from the previous contract, WOW began hosting speakers from our wellbeing partner Birmingham Mind in the summer 2021.
Topics for discussion included issues that Birmingham Mind regularly deal with that are relevant to our workforce as well as tying in with annual awareness-raising initiatives such as Movember. Sessions were designed to develop greater self-awareness in attendees, with a greater understanding of the issues relating to mental illness and how they impact on our physical health.
In addition, as well as giving attendees the chance to interact with colleagues and share their stories, Birmingham Mind also recognised the WOW sessions as a valuable opportunity to signpost appropriate agencies and services to attendees in need of guidance.
The team first opened up the online meetings to other Kier contracts in November 2020 and then the supply chain in June 2021. By September 2021’s Suicide Awareness session, almost half the attendees were from supply chain partners or Kier Highways contracts outside of Birmingham.
Given the need to maintain confidentiality, WOW sessions – which run on Microsoft Teams - are not routinely recorded but sessions can be accessed on screens in welfare vans and mess rooms. Where sessions are not recorded, transcripts of the associated Teams chats – with links to information and resources - are accessible on the BISC wellbeing Sharepoint site.
In September 2021, for example, 46 people dialled into the Suicide Awareness session at the time but almost four times that number (178 people) accessed the chat afterwards. Most notably, the World Mental Health Day session in October 2021 had 40 ‘live’ attendees but 274 people have accessed the chat since.
" We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to support Kier because we greatly admire the dedication and genuine care for staff and colleagues by the WOW team. We enjoy working with these dedicated people who are as passionate as we are about offering information, signposting and support to their colleagues. "Community Development Worker Birmingham Mind
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Refurbishment and fit-out of a six-storey 19th-century mill building and coach house with a new build sports hall in Bradford for Dixons Academies Trust, maintaining the building’s heritage and ensuring it is suitable for teaching.
Updating an icon, providing pride of place for Charles Darwin’s finds, creating a prominent spot for a fully-fledged Finback whale, and being test abseiled by Sir David Attenborough.
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Bringing an iconic and sustainable development to the Carmarthen campus of the University of Wales, providing 40,000 sq. ft. of accommodation for for Welsh Media company S4C and the University's new media faculty and offices, and achieving a BREEAM Excellent certificate for sustainability.
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Designing and constructing of a new joint campus school for The Highland Council to incorporate two neighbouring primary schools, Caol Primary School and St Columba's RC Primary School, together with a community facility.
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New-build construction of a community Special Academy judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2019, for pupils up to the age of 18 with complex special educational needs and disabilities. The new academy replaces unfit for purpose old buildings, adding animal care, horticulture and construction facilities, a mock flat and pupil-run café.
A brand new 600 pupil secondary academy school for years 7-11, built to support Kingsmere, a new housing development in south-west Bicester. Constructed to BREEAM principles, the academy features 26-classrooms, SEN provision, a four-court sports hall built and fitted to Sport England standard, external social spaces and multi-use games areas.
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