Jo became a Health Champion 18 months ago, and in that time has achieved a great deal. A ‘Making Every Contact Count’ training event, T’ai Chi sessions and Yoga classes were held at the Tamar Valley Centre last year (yoga still continues) and the team visited Sylvia’s Meadow in St Ann’s Chapel to see the orchids during 30 Days Wild. Jo has introduced the team to ‘walking meetings’ and a ‘happy new year calendar’ where you aim to do something positive each day.
On the Devon side, Jo has sourced funding through Connecting Actively to Nature (Active Devon) for a weekly walking group in Bere Alston, sits on the Naturally Healthy Forum through the Devon Local Nature Partnership, and is a representative on the Tavistock Health & Wellbeing Alliance.
One issue that is very close to Jo’s heart is that of social isolation. For a number of years the AONB team has been looking into ways of tackling this issue. The walking groups help to some extent, as well as a new weekly Donations Café held at the Tamar Valley Centre. Jo supports volunteer opportunities and looks to maximise the social aspect wherever she can.
Jo was nominated and awarded Champion of the Year 2019 by the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Team. This award is to recognise outstanding contribution to the Champion and wider Staff Wellbeing programme through breadth of initiatives, innovative ideas and overall engagement with the programme throughout the year.