Neurodiversity Celebration Week

 Neurodiversity Celebration Week is a worldwide initiative that aims to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions about neurological differences. Established in 2018, this annual celebration week aims to transform how neurodivergent individuals are perceived and supported; helping to create a more inclusive and equitable culture that celebrates differences and empowers individuals.

To support this year’s Neurodiversity Celebration Week, taking place from Mon 18th – Sun 24th March, your JUCD Wellbeing team is sharing the latest targeted support available for colleagues with neurodiversity and/or long-term health conditions, disabilities, and hidden disabilities; helping to promote equality and inclusivity.

The support available is delivered through a series of virtual training courses, workshops, webinars, support groups and cafés, as part of ‘Your Wellbeing Timetable,’ and includes support for managers/leaders – enabling them to understand and best support neurodivergent individuals, to help create a more inclusive workplace. 

Upcoming support sessions include:

Resilience – A Different Perspective for Social Care Managersa training session for registered managers of care settings, facilitated by clinical psychologists from Stronger Together. Connect with other managers to reflect, share experiences, and learn how to support teams to be more resilient. Wednesday 13th March 9.30am – 12pm

Supporting your Team with a Health Condition or Disability – A group for managers and leaders: learn and share ideas on supporting members of staff with a long-term health condition or disability. Thursday 21st March, 11am – 11.45am

Neurodiverse Café – a friendly space for colleagues who identify as neurodivergent to connect, chat, share advice and support each other. Monday 18th March, 2pm – 3pm

Working with a Health Condition Support Café – a safe space for colleagues living with a chronic health condition, hidden illness, or disability. Build connections with peers, share experiences, and find out about the support available. Tuesday 26th March, 10.30am – 11.30am

Returning to Work following ill Health – a relaxed and supportive group to promote health and wellbeing when returning to work following sickness or absence. Thursdays: weekly, 10am – 10.45am

Psychologist-led Wellbeing Session for Primary Care Staff – a series of bespoke sessions to support colleagues working in Primary Care, particularly those working in non-clinical roles. Facilitated by a clinical or counselling psychologist from Stronger Together, these short weekly sessions are designed to help colleagues manage work pressures and stress, in a safe and supportive space. Fridays: weekly, 1.30pm – 2pm

React Mental Health Conversation Training – Learn how to have helpful and supportive conversations with colleagues about their mental health and find out how to confidently signpost colleagues to the wide range of services available. Friday 22nd March 10.30am – 12pm

 Long Covid Facilitated Peer Support – An opportunity to meet other people with long covid symptoms, facilitated by a Clinical Psychologist from Stronger Together. Videos to support the psychological aspects of long covid are available on demandMonday 25th March 10am – 11am

Emotional Freedom Technique – Tappingeasily learn this evidence-based stress reduction technique, which involves tapping on specific EFT Tapping Points, helping to ease and release a range of emotions such as stress, anxiety, anger, frustration, worries and self-doubt. Thursday 28th March 12pm – 12.30pm

The wellbeing team has also added a series of webinars and workshops to ‘Your Wellbeing Timetable’ which may also prove helpful for neurodivergent individuals and/or colleagues living with health conditions or disabilities. Sessions include:

Dyslexia Awareness – Wednesday 13th March, 3pm – 4pm

Self-Care Toolbox: Gut HealthThursday 14th March, 2pm – 2.45pm

Emotions, What They Do For Us – Monday 18th March, 9.30am -11.30am

Sleep – Thursday 21st March & 28th March, 9.30am – 11.30am

Burnout – Monday 25th March, 9.30am – 11.30am

All the virtual support sessions outlined are available to colleagues and can be accessed FREE of charge. Bookings can be made via the team’s easy to use online booking platform

To find out more about the team’s comprehensive range of wellbeing support available to JUCD colleagues, please visit the JUCD Wellbeing Home Page


Neurodiversity Celebration Week Wellbeing Support Poster
Neurodiversity Celebration Week Wellbeing Support Poster