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Health & Wellbeing


Every month A.F. Blakemore takes a look at a new set of health & wellbeing tips or related initiatives…

Top Tips for Dealing with Stress

We all have times when we feel under pressure at work, and we often take these feelings home with us.

The best way to manage pressure is to first acknowledge it to yourself, and then seek support as quickly as possible.

Leaving stress unchecked only makes problems mount up, making it more difficult to see the real picture.

1. Seek help as early as you can for any problems you’re facing. Good friends, family and even colleagues can support you during difficult times if you let them.

2. Get outside at lunch. It’s hard with a busy schedule, but even 10 minutes can help you to clear your head and get your energy up.

3. If you’re a fan of sugar, try cutting down. Sugar is an inflammatory so it’s hard on your body. It can cause stiff joints and affect your energy levels. We’ve all heard of the sugar crash!

4. Wake up 15 minutes early to have some time for yourself to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. By getting up earlier you are not rushing to get everything done before you leave for work.

5. Be kind to yourself. In the midst of pressure, we can all be hard on ourselves. It’s okay to feel anxious or stressed, but if you find that these feelings are increasing, you might want to seek support from the Retail Trust – details are below. 

6. If you find that you’re not sleeping well because of the stress in your life, ask your GP for advice. There are a number of ways to resolve sleep problems – don’t feel that you have to do it on your own.

7. Look at your work-life balance. Do you find it hard to say no? Do you feel like you’re carrying the burden for everyone else? It’s helpful to take a step back and recognise that you’re just as important as those around you.


Free, Confidential Services to Support Your Wellbeing

A.F. Blakemore is partnered with the Retail Trust, the leading charity for all involved in retail, to provide services to employees across the Blakemore Group.

The Retail Trust offers confidential support that can help you cope with the emotional impact of pressure. Services are 100% confidential and no one will ever know that you’ve called. Their services can help you manage issues both at work and at home, whether they’re big or small. 

If you would like to speak to someone, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or contact the helpline on 0808 801 0808


Free Seven-day Gym Pass for West Midlands AFB Colleagues 

WVActive is offering a free Platinum membership seven-day pass for A.F. Blakemore colleagues that can be used in their leisure facilities in and around the Wolverhampton area.

To get your pass set up, simply email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the following information:

  • Title
  • Full name
  • Address
  • Postcode
  • DOB
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Your preferred pass start date
  • Your preferred gym (Aldersley, Bilston or Central)

If you plan to use the gym you will need an induction. This can be booked by calling 01902 554408. An induction is not required to take part in classes or to use our pools, steam room or sauna.


Lifestyle Checkpoint Machine Depot Schedule 

A.F. Blakemore's lifestyle checkpoint machine will be visiting the following depots on these dates: 

  First Phase Second Phase
Apex II May 3rd - May 16th Oct 31st - Nov 13th
Foodservice James Bridge May 17th - May 30th Nov 14th - Nov 27th
Transport May 31st - Jun 12th Nov 28th - Dec 11th
Talbot Green (warehouse) Jun 13th - Jun 26th Dec 12th - Dec 25th
Talbot Green (offices) Jun 27th - Jul 10th Dec 26th - Jan 8th
Hastings (warehouse) Jul 11th - Jul 24th Jan 9th - Jan 22nd
Axcess 10 Jul 25th - Aug 7th Jan 23rd - Feb 5th
Chilled (warehouse) Aug 8th - Aug 21st Feb 6th - Feb 19th
Chilled (offices) Aug 22nd - Sep 4th Feb 20th - Mar 5th
Foodservice Wakefield Sep 5th - Sep 18th Mar 6th - Mar 19th
Ambient (warehouse) Sep 19th - Oct 2nd Mar 20th - Apr 2nd
Ambient (offices) Oct 3rd - Oct 16th Apr 3rd - Apr 16th
Fine Foods Oct 17th - Oct 30th Apr 17th - Apr 30th



April's Health & Wellbeing Poster

Click here to download April's health & wellbeing poster for your staff notice board. 



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