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Suffolk Libraries seeks views of local SMEs on supporting staff wellbeing

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Suffolk Libraries is inviting Suffolk’s small and medium sized businesses to take part in a consultation to help to identify how to better support employees with their wellbeing.

Suffolk Libraries Dec 22Supporting wellbeing and promoting good mental health is a huge part of Suffolk Libraries work in the community and it’s the only library service in the country with a dedicated wellbeing team.

Suffolk Libraries has already been working closely with several local businesses on the Department for Health and Social Care funded Menopause & Me project.

This consultation aims to understand how Suffolk’s SMEs currently support their staff wellbeing, what’s working well, what more can be done and what might be stopping businesses and their staff accessing wellbeing support.

The plan is to also identify existing workplace wellbeing support including the training and resources available in Suffolk and any gaps which might exist. Ultimately Suffolk Libraries wants to look at how it can help SME’s to provide wellbeing support to their staff and signpost them to resources that can help. Suffolk Libraries can also share learning from its approach to supporting staff wellbeing and its other wellbeing programmes.

A survey will soon be created for SME’s to fill and two focus groups are also being organised in October.

One of these will take place in person on 17 October from 10am to 12 noon in Ipswich County Library’s Lecture Hall and the other will be an online focus group on 19 October from 10am to 11.30am.

If you can take part in these focus groups, your input would be greatly valued and your business and your staff could ultimately benefit too. If you would like to book a place or would like more information please contact Suffolk Libraries, Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Manager, Jane Cox at

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