Community based wellbeing

we make a life by what we give

A sense of community is recognised as important to wellbeing and it takes many shapes and forms, everything from helping others to association with common goals and ideals or values.

Helping others whether on a large or small scale not only benefits the recipient, it has a positive impact on our own wellbeing.

The School has a number of fantastic initatives that enable staff to explore different ways of fostering a sense of community outside the workplace by volunteering.

The School also has well-established staff network groups that enhance working at the School on a more personal level by offering information, support and various activities.

Take a look at the range of offerings available to staff.

Volunteering leave

The School’s staff volunteering provision applies to all employees at the School and has been designed to enable staff to proactively identify and get involved with volunteering opportunities.

The School supports and encourages volunteering by enabling staff to take up to five paid days a year (pro-rata for part time staff, running from January to December) to undertake voluntary work, which should be calculated and recorded locally. 

The School recognises the benefit and reward of taking on such work and the impact it can make on a charity or individual. The benefits of volunteering are well known, and can range from ‘giving back’ to a community, learning new skills and can also be linked to improving your own wellbeing.

Further benefits  of volunteering can be found on the LSE Volunteer Centre intranet page. Although the LSE Volunteer Centre is aimed at students and School alumni, it contains a lot of useful information about volunteering, so please do take a look.

If you choose to take up the School’s volunteering leave, we hope that you enjoy this valuable experience.

If you are interested in volunteering during working hours, please could you complete the online form here

As with any leave request, this must be agreed by your line manager and should be discussed well in advance of the leave dates. Although completing the online form does not approve your leave, it does allow us to see what types of volunteering are taking place, which we can use to promote the provision further!

Please do get in touch (staffwellbeing@lse.ac.uk) if you would be happy to feature as a case study on this page and/or in communications to promote the provision.

Clubs and classes

The School has a great range of classes and clubs running throughout the year in and around campus, with everything from tai-chi and gardening clubs to bookclubs and yoga.

LSE Bees

LSE Bees works with a professional beekeeper to maintain and develop our rooftop hives and pollinator garden.  They also harvest and sell LSE honey, spread awareness about bees and organise events like honey tasting, field trips movie screenings and talks by experts. 

Why not join to get year-long hands-on beekeeping experience under the guidance of a professional beekeeper, learn about the secret lives of bees, help to protect pollinators who pay a crucial role in our food supply chain and take a break to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine with like-minded staff and students.

Details about joining can be found on: www.lsesu.com

The Craft Group

Meets every Tuesday afternoon 1.00pm to 2.00pm.

We are engaged in a variety of individual projects such as doll making, knitting, patchwork, card making etc. We learn from each other and are keen to share our ideas to inspire all.

We don’t have a permanent home right now, so to be included on the Craft Group mailing list for weekly room notifications please send an email to T.M.Natale@lse.ac.uk

The Knitting Group

Are you interested in knitting, crocheting or yarn crafts? Then this group could be for you!

We welcome all knitters, crocheters and yarn crafters whether you are a beginner or have years of experience.

We meet every Wednesday 12.30-1.30pm in the Senior Common Room (or the terrace if sunny) – so do join us if you want to work on a project or learn a new skill.

Any questions? Please email Sue Donnelly s.donnelly@lse.ac.uk

Leather Craft Class

These creative, fun and practical sessions will teach how to make all manner of functional leather items by hand, which in turn can be used as unique gifts or personal items.

All tools and leather will be provided, and you are also welcome to bring your own leather if required.

The cost of each session is now £5, generally running from 1pm to 2pm. For more information, dates on upcoming classes and to book a place, please contact Brian Williams b.v.williams@lse.ac.uk

Rooftop Gardening

The School's rooftop gardeing club has an informal ‘drop in’ time of meeting on the Shaw Library roof terrace on Tuesdays from 1pm. It would be great for anyone interested in gardeing in or learning how to come along.

For more information on how to get involved and enjoy the best of this club please contact Dan Reeves d.reeves@lse.ac.uk  

Staff networks

The School is proud to have a number of successful staff networks.  Explore the support and networking opportunities to meet staff from around the School.

LSE's Staff networks:

EmbRace

EMBRACE (Ethnic Minorities Broadening Racial Awareness and Cultural Exchange) is the School's black and minority ethnic group for staff at LSE.

Contact: embrace@lse.ac.uk

LSE Power

The Power network was created in early 2015 in response to an initiative by LSE's Equality and Diversity team to set up a number of informal staff networks.

Contact: Professional.Womens.Network@lse.ac.uk

Spectrum

Spectrum is the network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans + (LGBT+) staff at LSE. 

Website: Spectrum

Contact: spectrum@lse.ac.uk

Twitter: @LSESpectrum

If you are interested in talking about a new network please contact or the School's Equity Diversity and Inclusion team or email HR: staffwellbeing@lse.ac.uk.

LSE Faith Centre

Religious beliefs and one's faith commitments help shape lives, communities and nations in dramatic ways all around our world.

For many of the Faith Centre’s users, practicing faith and spirituality is an integral part of being well and keeping life in balance. Regardless of your faith or belief, taking time away from the noises of life to pause, tune in and pray is becoming increasingly important in our busy world.

The Faith Centre opened in 2014 and serves as a wellbeing hub hosting a range of activities for worship, prayer, refreshment, encounter, hospitality and learning for all staff and students, and welcomes all. The Cave is also available for a quiet space for reflection. 

Take a look at the faith and wellbeing on offer at our Faith Centre.