This year The Jungle has partnered up with AWARE NI, the leading Depression charity for Northern Ireland, choosing them as our Charity Partner for Rampage 2020.
We are supporting AWARE as they provide a range of vital resources and are on the front lines of the fightback against mental health issues and widening the support networks to help those in need. Through their established network of teams they carry out much needed work and support through Online and Regional Support Groups, Public Awareness Talks, National Awareness Campaigns, Mindfulness Programs, Fundraising events and much more.
We sat down with AWARE and figured out how we can offer something different to companies to address the mental health of their employees.
We at The Jungle believe that spending time in the outdoors and engaging in physical activity are some of the best ways of forming and maintaining a healthy mind and body. Along with AWARE, with their real world experience and knowledge around depression and mental health issues, we feel we can provide a thought provoking, mood enhancing and highly rewarding mental health awareness day for companies who are willing to engage in such practices for their benefit of their employees.
The day will take the following format:
AWARE NI will deliver a Mood Matters Workplace Programme, whereby they teach skills and techniques to look after your mental health, manage feelings when stressed and advise on how to cope with a range of workplace challenges.
At lunchtime you will receive a tasty hot lunch to give some much needed energy for the rest of the day. This will normally be Burger or Hotdogs and Chips. Other options are available on request.
The group will then take part in some afternoon activities.
Inspired by the cult TV game show ‘The Crystal Maze’, it includes a range of physical, mental and skill challenges all specifically designed to test your physical ability and coordination, mental aptitude, communication and initiative. Delivered in the colourful spectrum of the great outdoors, following along a designated route through our scenic grounds. The group will be divided into teams to compete against each other, stimulating a cohesive bond in each group and promoting team work and communication with the aim of the game being to win as many crystals as possible, by successfully completing the challenges, gaining a crystal. Ideal for groups with mixed abilities.
Teams will be assigned a team colour and will work their way round our wonderfully wacky team game challenges, with the aim being a race to win. Think sports day, mixed with ‘It’s A Knockout’ or ‘Total Wipeout’ and you’ll get an idea of what’s involved. Be prepared to get wet, muddy and breathless as you compete for the win through different obstacles, assault courses and other sorts of ridiculousness. Ideal for groups of adults with a normal fitness level.
A 5K version of our annual Rampage obstacle course run. A physically challenging option to get the adrenaline pumping and feel the rush of endorphins to naturally boost your mood. Challenge your team on this outdoor mud run spectacle, complete with a variety of awesome man-made and natural obstacles to conquer, such as the Giant Water Slide, Barbed Wire Crawl, Loki’s Ladders, The Damned, Toxic Quarry, River Ruined, Up & Overs, Placid Ponds and many more.
This will all take place at The Jungle.
The informal morning workshop will be held in our cosy conference barn, complete with sofas, chairs, picnic tables and coffee tables. Complimentary Tea, Coffee and Biscuits will be provided.
The afternoon activity sessions will take place in the idyllic Jungle grounds. With vast spaces laden with fields, forests, hills, rivers and ponds, it’s the perfect place to get reacquainted with Mother Nature and enjoy some physical activity in the great outdoors.
Spending time in nature has be proven to reduce anger, fear and stress and helps improve mood. It’s not only emotional benefits you’ll receive, but physical benefits in the form of reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and stress hormones.
We can run these sessions whenever it suits your company.
Simply contact The Jungle at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 02886748881 and we can chat about the most suitable dates and programmes.
Organisation and industry leaders are starting to recognise and appreciate the necessity of providing appropriate support to their workers in regards to mental health. With rising rates of depression, suicide and mental health problems, it’s vitally important that organisations implement stress reducing techniques and better working practices, as well as being better informed on how to offer the appropriate support to their employees.
Mental health issues can affect us all and the better equipped we are to deal with them ourselves, as well as helping others, the better it will be for us all. We’d like to promote a culture of empathy, support and kindness, only steeled with a more resilient and prepared mindset to cope with the challenges of modern life. We want to provide real and tangible practices to help businesses provide their workers with a positive, supportive and healthy workspace.
These programmes benefit both the employee and employer, as a happier and more content workforce will produce much better results for their employer, as well as reducing absenteeism, reducing conflicts and creating a better working environment for everyone.