City Office and UWE host online ‘Bristol Remembers’ event: Banner (long)

10 Jun 2021

City Office and UWE host online ‘Bristol Remembers’ event

The event will be held online, Thursday 17 June, 10am-12pm.

Bristol One City is partnering with the Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing, University of the West of England (UWE) to hold an online event to help the city tackle the effects that COVID-19 has had on the workforce.

The Bristol Remembers event ‘Pause, Reflect and Renew’ is open to everyone. This event is creating a space to come together to hear how some local organisations are supporting staff and clients to pause and process the extraordinary, intense and sometimes traumatic experiences of the past eighteen months.  

The event will begin with presentations from a wide array of speakers and will be followed by breakout rooms in smaller groups to allow more in-depth discussion.

Director for Communities and Public Health, Christina Gray will be speaking at the event. She said: “The pandemic has impacted our lives in many ways, from living with national public health restrictions and periods of lockdown, to impacting jobs, incomes, businesses and the way we socialise.

“As we look forward to a return to many of the things we’ve missed over the eighteen months, it’s important for the resilience and collective mental health of our city that we can take time to reflect and process these experiences both individually  but also together.

“We recognise as a city that the healing and recovery process is going to be different for everyone, so I hope you can join us to help create the conditions within our workplaces, schools, colleges and communities to recover and meet the challenges still to come with compassion and resilience.”

Professor Jane Powell, Director of the Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing at UWE Bristol, and chair of the event, said: “Organisations across Bristol have worked together closely to support outbreak management during the pandemic. After an intense period of challenge, the decompression framework to be discussed at this event will benefit employers and employees throughout the city and beyond. It will explain how to build future resilience and wellbeing and share learning.”

Speakers include:

  • Frank Noble, Chief Executive of St. Peter’s Hospice, who will talk about his decompression framework, which draws from his experience of military decompression and managing high performing sports teams
  • Dr Liz Frost, Associate Professor from UWE, will discuss working under conditions of threat and how that can impact people’s mental health and wellbeing
  • Christina Gray, Director for Communities and Public Health at Bristol City Council
  • Oona Goldsworthy, Chief Executive of Brunelcare
  • Samantha Chapman, Head of Organisational Development at University Hospitals Bristol & Weston

The event is open to everybody in Bristol, with a particular focus for employers and community leaders.

The event will take place between 10am-12pm, Thursday 17 June online. You can register your interest for the event using this Eventbrite link.

Joining instructions, including the video conferencing link, and the full agenda will be sent out to registered attendees nearer the time. If you have any queries, please contact: city.office@bristol.gov.uk