Guidance for your Health and Wellbeing

Maintaining good mental and physical health is important, both during this pandemic but also afterwards. The GMA is grateful for organisations like Perennial and others for making their resources and links available to GMA members and the wider sector.

Please forward any of the following resources onto your colleagues, staff or anyone you know in the industry who might need help.

Perennial is the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping everyone who works in horticulture, and their families, when times get tough. Perennial provides free and confidential advice, support and financial assistance to people of all ages working in, or retired from horticulture. This help extends to spouses, partners and children.

During the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic it’s wise to follow all government advice and it’s also natural to be concerned about your own health, your ability to continue working and supporting family members. Perennial is the safety net for people in the horticultural industry, to help individuals working in, or retired from any job involving working with trees, plants, flowers and grass. 

Information will be regularly updated on their website, available here. 

Perennial’s help and support is always free and confidential. Everyone’s challenges are slightly different, so our support is tailored to your specific needs. 

If you would like to speak to someone please call our confidential and free helpline 0800 093 8543 (no cost to you)
You can fill in our online contact form here and we someone will get in touch when they can.

Looking after Yourself 

Looking after your physical and mental wellbeing is just as important as looking after your financial health, especially during uncertain times. Make sure you keep up some form of physical exercise during this period. The Government's Covid-19 policy allows and indeed encourages everyone to take up to one hour of physical activity each day. You should abide by the social distancing guidelines at all times.

Introducing the Big White Wall

In times of increased stress, seeking help and support from others can be a real help. If you are stressed, anxious or need a place to talk - join our online mental health community provided by Big White Wall. It is accessible anytime, anywhere. It’s important to stay connected even when we have to distance ourselves socially. Stay part of a community and access our support network. Access the Big White Wall here.

We're all now spending a lot more time at home than we might like, which is why staying as physically active as possible is more important than ever. Join the Movement click is SE's brand-new campaign, funded by The National Lottery, giving you the advice and tools you need to help you do this while the country deals with the coronavirus outbreak.  

Official advice is to stay at home, and to only go outside for one form of exercise a day, to shop for basic necessities, if there's a medical reason and travelling to and from essential work.

This inevitably means all our routines are changing.

Click on the links below to find lots of fun and creative ideas on how to get active at home, with exclusive offers and workouts from content providers such as Les Mills on Demand, Joe Wicks (The Body Coach) and FiiT.

There's also the latest advice around getting outside, with tools to help you make the most out of the fresh air during your daily walk, run or cycle.

If you've found a great way to keep active online, use the hashtag #StayInWorkOut on social media to share your experience with others.

Remember to check government advice if you think you have any symptoms linked to coronavirus. This pandemic is unprecedented in modern times, and with everyone now spending a lot more time at home, it could have a significantly negative impact on the nation’s physical activity levels.

Sport England don’t want that to happen, which is why they have launched our National Lottery-funded Join the Movement campaign to support people to get and stay active, provided they are well enough and following the latest government guidelines, which stipulates one form of exercise outdoors in any given day.

That’s because physical activity matters during this period and, actually, we think it’s more important than ever right now.

Being active in a way that is right for you can improve your physical health, help manage stress and anxiety and just generally make you feel better.

Join the Movement includes lots of fun and creative ideas on how to get active at home.

Building on what we've learned from This Girl Can and We Are Undefeatable, this new campaign isn't just giving people ideas of how to get active in or near their homes, but it's also showing them that it’s not only fun but also worth doing. 

Sport England would love those in the sport and physical activity sector to support us in this important work and ask you use this hashtag when you're promoting any content on social media from your sport or organisation that may be relevant. 

Remember, in any given day, you can still go outside for one form of exercise, such as a walk, a run or a cycle, if you're well enough and as long as you’re on your own, or with members of your household. Please always follow the latest official advice on social distancing - which means staying more than two metres from others - and follow the advice on general hygiene. It's important that you stick stringently to the guidance.

If you're going outside to get active, you should do this locally, staying close to your home and avoiding places where it may be hard to follow the guidelines.

Here is the link to the Sport England website click here 

Hygiene for sport and physical activity How we can stop the spread of coronavirus and keep our environment safe for everyone. Please visit their website for the article.

Changes to government guidance on physical activity and sport were announced on 29 May 2020 and came into effect on 1 June 2020 across England.

Since the announcement, national governing bodies (NGBs) have been working alongside the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) to interpret the new guidance for their individual sports and setting out sport-specific advice for individuals, clubs and local authorities.

For sport-specific covid-19 guidance for outdoor sports and physical activity, please visit their website.

The Mental Health Foundation is a charity that emphasises “prevention is at the heart of our work”. Stress and anxiety are two symptoms of a decline in mental health, says the foundation.

The Mental Health Foundation produces guides highlighting factors relevant to our emotional wellbeing that we may be able to change, including Talking, Keeping Active, Eating well and Drinking alcohol sensibly. Please visit their website for more information.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the mental health equivalent of physical first aid. “It gives people the skills and confidence to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues and effectively  guide a person towards the right support, be that self-help information, an Employee Assistance Programme or professional services. As a social enterprise, MHFA England offers expert guidance and training, both online and face to face, to support mental health in the workplace and beyond.

Through their training and campaigning, MHFA equip people with the skills they need to support their own and others’ wellbeing.

MHFA offer a range of evidence-based face to face and digital learning, from awareness raising to skill development. Their courses empower people to notice signs of mental ill health, and encourage them to break down barriers, listen in a non-judgemental way, and signpost to support for recovery. 

For more information, please visit their website.