Upcoming events (W/C 13/03/2023)

Below you can find this week's upcoming events in the Listening Space and when they are taking place. Outside of these times, the Listening Space will be free for colleagues to access as a place to decompress, reflect and chat where suitable.

Please help us by using the space for health and wellbeing matters and leaving the space as you found it.

Monday 13th March:
Free all day for colleagues to use except 12 - 1 pm
12.00 - 1.00 pm - Menopause Warriors

Tuesday 14th March:
Free all day for colleagues to use except 1 - 2 pm
1:00pm - 2:00pm - Pharmacy HWB Craft Session

Wednesday 15th March:
11:00am - 2:00pm - Citizens Advice Drop-In
4:00pm - 5:30pm - Back Class

Thursday 16th March:
11:00am - 12 noon - HWB Charitable Funds
1:00pm - 3:00pm - BAME Staff Network
4.00 - 6.00 pm - Back Class

Friday 17th March:
10:00am - 4:30pm - Gateshead College Salon Treatments

Saturday 18th March:
Free all day for colleagues to use

Sunday 19th March:
Free all day for colleagues to use

The health and wellbeing team will continue to provide a weekly update through the news section of the website (which will also be updated on our Listening Space page for easy reference) each week.

For any booking enquiries, please contact ghnt.hwb@nhs.net. Please note booking requests must be for activities relevant to health and wellbeing matters.


Where to find our listening space

Our Listening Space can be found just outside the Jubilee Wing (at the opposite end of the Peter Smith Surgery Centre car park).

To gain access to the space, you will need access to be added to your ID card. To obtain this, please visit reception in ECC.

Citizens Advice Listening Space

What is the purpose of the space?

Our listening space is a dedicated health and wellbeing area, aimed at offering our colleagues with a dedicated space to decompress.

As well as hosting suitable health and wellbeing events and activities, the listening space is there to provide you with a space to share your problems and chat to a listening ear. You might visit to meet a mental health first aider for a chat, find out where to access targeted support from a member of the health and wellbeing team or chat with one of our POD colleagues around a work-related issue that is troubling you.

The space will also be deliberately empty at times – providing staff with a space to decompress and reflect when needed.


When can I access the space?

Our listening space is there to be used at any time and can be accessed by scanning your ID card – but please note that you will first require access to be added to your ID card at ECC reception or via Facilities.

In certain instances, space within the facility may be limited due to events or activities. We will always do our best to accommodate any visitors, but please note that there may be some occasions where such activities make squeezing any more people in unavoidable due to health and safety reasoning.

Please note that at times, the facility will be unmanned. We ask all visitors to please help us in maintaining a comfortable, enjoyable and relaxing space by keeping the facility tidy and leaving it as you would like to find it.


What can't I use the space for?

While it is our hope that colleagues will feel comfortable in using and visiting our listening space for health and wellbeing matters, we must stress that the facility is not there as somewhere to take breaks or hold meetings.

Sensitive conversations are likely to take place in the space – a shared facility, and so unfortunately the space will not be suitable for these occasions.

The priority of this space is to aid the mental and psychological health and wellbeing of our colleagues, and while we understand a comfortable environment plays a part in that, we would ask you take advantage of our work in other areas if you’re looking to find a bright place to hold a meeting or enjoy lunch.

Request to book the Listening Space

If you'd like to book the Listening Space, please contact the health and wellbeing team via the button below. Please note that bookings are subject to both availability and suitability.