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Scottish Ballet delivers new self-care workshops for health and social care staff in Scotland

Today, Scottish Ballet launches a new programme of online workshops for health and social care staff to help build personal resilience and enhance their wellbeing. Working in partnership with NHS Scotland and Scottish Government, these preventative sessions aim to empower participants to self-care and manage stress.

After successfully delivering live digital Health at Hand sessions to energise staff and alleviate the pressures that frontline workers face in one health board, Scottish Ballet will open NHS Scotland’s Focus on Wellbeing programme on Wednesday 17 February 2021, with more than 1100 people signed up to participate in the opening Restore workshops.

These sessions come under Scottish Ballet’s Health at Hand™ programme that was launched in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing the physical and mental stress for those working in the NHS and social care services, Scottish Ballet created a series of movement and breath videos. The programme comprises 10-minute videos titled Energise, Rejuvenate, Relaxation (for the start, middle and end of shifts, respectively) and a longer 20-minute Restore session for staff experiencing trauma stressful situations at work .

Following its success, Health at Hand™ won the 2020 Achates Philanthropy Prize for Scotland and resources from the programme are now available to use for free on the Scottish Ballet website.

CEO/Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, Christopher Hampson, said:
‘At Scottish Ballet, the importance of connecting with our communities continues to drive the work that we do, as we share our passion and the positive benefits of dance to all.

We are committed to using our skills and expertise to deliver dance and movement to our communities, and are delighted to continue collaborating with Scottish Government and NHS Scotland to deliver sessions for those who are positioned on the frontline in Scotland.’

Director of Engagement at Scottish Ballet, Catherine Cassidy, said:
‘We are delighted to have developed such creative and collaborative relationships with the Scottish Government Health & Social Care Directorate, Health Boards and Health and Social Care Partnerships and we are proud to support staff wherever they work at this critical time.’

Scottish Government’s Mental Health Minister, Clare Haughey, said:
‘We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of health and social care staff and have taken immediate action to provide support while they respond to the pandemic. We are also working to build a sustainable culture that will continue to prioritise staff wellbeing in the future.

That is why we supported Scottish Ballet to deliver a Focus on Wellbeing programme for our health and social care workforce, and unpaid carers. Their Restore sessions programme will offer a creative outlet to help alleviate stress and are a great way for people to learn how dance techniques can enhance personal wellbeing.’

For more information on the programmes available at Scottish Ballet, visit:

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