Bootle Taxes Wellbeing Day is a hit

_MXC0386On Tuesday 7 October, PCS Bootle Taxes Branch held its first Health & Wellbeing Day event.

The event saw more than 25 providers come in to show their wares to members, including information on healthy living, personal hygiene and health checks.

Members were invited to sign up for self-defence classes run by taekwondo instructors, have their blood pressure tested, create their own smoothies using an exercise bike-powered blender and sample healthy food and snacks, as well as being provided with an array of useful information.

Among the providers was an organisation called Inclusion Matters. They are a talking therapy service for people suffering from mental health problems and were invited in as one of our focuses was mental health due to World Mental Health being on 10 October.

The union was also busy signing up members to Direct Debit, in anticipation of the possible end to subs being collected through payroll. More than thirty signed up on the day, along with many more who signed up in the run up to the event with reps going around desks carrying forms.

A prize draw for gift vouchers was one of the incentives to make the switch, with the winners getting a £50 Boots voucher and a £40 Love to Shop voucher.

The event itself took a lot of hard work and preparation behind the scenes.

Nikki Burns, who first proposed the event and one of its organisers, said: “A lot of credit has to go to a number of PCS Safety Reps for their hard work in making this happen.

“We would also like to thank the Union Learning Reps who helped by sharing their experiences of organising the branch’s Learning at Work Day every year, the other branch reps who helped out on the day, and of course all of the providers who made the event a success on the day.

“I’m all fired up for next year’s event.”

Bootle Taxes Branch is hopeful that the success of this event means that it can become an annual milestone, alongside our similarly successful Learning at Work Days.

Photographs by Mark Campbell.

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