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Body & Soul is an innovative charity that uses a comprehensive, community-based and trauma informed approach. They have developed a ‘whole person’ model of care rooted in a strengths based approach that nurtures connection, healing and growth.

They are offering free counselling for NHS staff as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They can offer 6-12 30 minute sessions, or a one off 30 minute session.

All sessions are confidential and free of charge.

We have come together to form a Virtual Physical Activity Club to encourage and support you, and your colleagues, to increase and enjoy your physical activity! No matter what your fitness is like, you are welcome to join the NCL Virtual Physical activity club.  

We all know that physical activity helps improve our physical and mental health, and has widespread positive implications in our personal life, family and relationships and work spaces. However, exercising alone, and particular in Winter when the nights are cold and dark, can be really tough. With NHS and Social Care staff having very busy roles this Winter, and some facing the additional difficulties of working from home, scheduling in physical activity can be another challenge.

This club is to support you in your fitness goals and to provide an online community where NCL staff can support each other by encouraging and promoting physical activity.  

Working from home or commuting into a work place, we can all incorporate physical activity into our everyday life and enjoy the benefits. Join the challenge on Strava today! Strava is an app that can help you track you activity (steps, running, cycling etc.) and link you with other staff members doing the challenge so we can all support one another.

The Strava Club is “Keeping Well NCL”, and you can set your own challenge or complete challenges set by the NCL team. NCL challenge for Jan and Feb: To walk 7000 steps a day which is roughly 3 miles a day.  

Name of the Club: Keeping Well NCL: 

Possible Challenges: 

Walk 1mile a day  

Walk 10000 steps a day (Roughly 4 miles a day)  

Walk for an Hour,  

Walk for 30 minutes  

Complete Couch to 5k (9 week running Programme) 

Walk further on your commute  

Try a different physical activity- swimming, cycling, yoga, dancing.   

Who is this for? 

Open for any NHS and Social care workers within the North Central London (NCL).  

This club is to act to “Virtual Group”- so please chat, and comment on other staff achievements to help motivate other staff.   

You will need: 

A Strava account:   

You can use other apps such as:  Garmin, Mapmyrun, Pedometer++, apple health and link your activity to your Strava account.  

You can also upload activities manually or use Strava to track your activity.   

Events may happen in person – subject to COVID-19 restrictions.  Information on events will be posted on strava and communicated via Keepingwell communications.  

If you have any problems or questions, please email

Link to resource:

Click here to sign up on Strava.

Maternal Mental Health Alliance is a UK-wide charity dedicated to ensuring women and families affected by perinatal mental problems have access to high-quality comprehensive care and support. They have put together information, guides, wellbeing and mental health advice for those who are pregnant or have recently given birth during the pandemic.

Link to resource:

Click here to visit their website.

Healthcare Workers’ Foundation (formerly HEROES) is a charity founded by NHS workers, for NHS workers. They exist to support the welfare and wellbeing of NHS staff.

Their services cover the physical, mental and day-to-day needs of all healthcare workers, from doctors and nurses to cleaners and porters. This includes, providing free PPE, funding for childcare, transport, grants counselling and delivering care packages of food. Click on the link below to find out more.

Link to resource:

Click here to visit their website.

LGBT foundation have curated resources, advice and guides to form part of their online wellbeing hub to support members of the LGBTQIA+ community during the pandemic. You can access all of this on their website via the link below.

Link to resource:

Click here to visit their website.

The last 18 months or so have been incredibly challenging for so many of us. However, people working in the NHS and frontline services have endured some of the most traumatic experiences of their careers and in fact, lives. Hopeline19 is a campaign set up by Frontline19 which aims to connect the public with our NHS & frontline workers.

It is a phone line that enables you to call up for free and leave a voice message to show your support, love and appreciation for the very people that have been working in incredibly challenging and life-changing ways for months on end.

NHS and frontline workers are then able to call up and listen to these messages of support. We want to encourage people to keep the conversation going and to continue to break the taboos surrounding emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Anyone can call 0808 19 665 19 for free 24/7. Dermot O’Leary will answer the phone with a pre-recorded message. You can press 1 to leave your message of gratitude, or 2 to listen to the messages if you’re an NHS or frontline worker.

Click here to read more about Hopeline19.

Frontline19 is a FREE independent, confidential and UK  based nationwide service delivering psychological support to people working on the frontline. They offer support to NHS staff and anyone working on the frontline, including social care staff.

  • They will match you with a qualified professional therapist
  • They will try to work around your shifts where possible
  • They provide a safe place to listen to you and provide emotional support where appropriate.
  • Sessions can be via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp or phone

Click here to access support from Frontline19.

Probably the biggest challenge a new runner faces is not knowing how or where to start. Often when trying to get into exercise, we can overdo it, feel defeated and give up when we’re just getting started. Couch to 5K works because it starts with a mix of running and walking to gradually build up your fitness and stamina

NHS Couch to 5K will help you gradually work up towards running 5km in just 9 weeks and is completely free.

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KeepingWell NCL is creating a short film to share and celebrate the work, experiences, & achievements of health & care staff this year. We want to hear from you and your team!

We know the last year has been a challenging one, and we believe that our health & care staff’s continuing work for others is worth celebrating. Before jumping in to January’s ‘new you’ and ‘fresh starts’, KeepingWell NCL is encouraging staff to take a moment to reflect with your team. What are you proud of this year? What is worth celebrating about you, just as you are? We hope that sharing their experience or hearing those of others will help our staff take a well-deserved moment for ‘us’.

Please send us a 5- to 15-second clip of you or your team reflecting on or celebrating your work in 2021. The clip can be as fun or reflective as you like – get creative! Please read our ‘Filming Guidelines & Ideas’ document below to help film your clip.

Please email your final take to by 7th January 2022. Our staff video clips will then be edited together and released as a short film to NCL health & care staff in late January 2022.

We can’t wait to hear about your experiences and achievements, and share how wonderful our staff are!