Author Archives: Communications

Eat, Pace and Plan this Christmas

The party season is upon us and London is one of the best places in the world to have a good night out.  WDP Square Mile Health want Londoners to eat, drink and be merry over the festive period, but we also want prevent harm and trips to A&E. Last December 5,526 incidents the London [...]

Alcohol Awareness Week 2018

The theme of this year's Alcohol Awareness week was Change.  Drinking a little less has been shown to have great effects on your mental and physical health, but it's not always easy to cut down. Whether or not you see your alcohol use as problematic, we can all arm ourselves with the knowledge needed to [...]

Love Your Lungs

On 15th March 2018, WDP Square Mile Health participated in a Lung Health Day at a Sir Robert McAlpine construction site. The event was run in collaboration with the British Lung Foundation and offered staff the opportunity to learn their “lung age” and get some vital information about keeping their lungs healthy. WDP were on […]

Winter Activities

This month WDP held an alcohol and tobacco stall at a Christmas Fete as part of Aldgate Community Events. The event was an opportunity to provide information about smoking cessation and the dangers of drinking above the recommended daily and weekly units of alcohol. Members of the community participated by trying on beer goggles to […]

Eat, Pace, Plan!

Launched on the 30th November, “Three Wise Things – Eat, Pace, Plan” is a City-wide campaign aimed at ensuring City workers enjoy the Christmas festivities, while staying safe. Responsible drinking during the festive season can massively reduce the burden placed on emergency services at this critical time of year and we all have a role […]

Alcohol and the Festive Season

For many of us, the celebratory spirit of Christmas and New Year is often synonymous with an increase in social drinking and general overindulgence. Unaware of the risks and harms associated with consuming alcohol in high quantities, many will drink to excess during this festive period. With this in mind, WDP Square Mile Health are […]

Corporate Health and Wellbeing Event

This week WDP held a drug, alcohol and tobacco awareness stall in support of a wider health and wellbeing event within a City insurance company. The event provided information and advice to employees about the harms of drinking above the government’s recommended alcohol unit intake, and gave advice on reducing cigarette consumption. Participants were asked […]

Club Soda Mindful Drinking Festival

  Club Soda has curated London’s first ever Mindful Drinking Festival, in association with Eisberg alcohol-free wines, showcasing the best non-alcoholic drinks for you to try. But for those of you who haven’t explored the alcohol-free or moderate drinking path, let alone even heard of the Mindful Drinking Movement, why the hell would you want […]

Illegal Tobacco Campaign

This week, Square Mile Health teamed up with trading standards for the launch of their Illegal Tobacco Campaign. The initiative, aimed at raising awareness of the real implications of illegal tobacco, has been rolled out over a number of London boroughs. All tobacco products are harmful, and whether they are bought legitimately from a retailer or illegally on the black […]

Alcohol, Drugs and You

WDP Square Mile Health trainer, Jim Mummery, delivered further awareness and preventative messages to City of London business this week, talking to workers about workplace stresses, perceived solutions, alcohol consumption and substance use. With alcohol related sickness costing London business £2 billion a year and recent home office figures suggesting that Britons are the highest consumers of cocaine in […]

WDP City of London supports World No Tobacco Day

In support of World No Tobacco Day this week, the Square Mile Health team are out and about raising awareness of the harms and risks associated with smoking, while promoting our smoking cessation services available from any City of London pharmacy (see link below). The week so far has seen the team engaging with City [...]

Square Mile tackles ‘high functioning’ drink and drug addicts

This month, the Financial News interviews WDP’s Medical Director and Joint Chief Executive Officer, Dr Arun Dhandayudham, and WDP Square Mile Health’s Operations Manager, Laura Morton, highlighting City workers who regularly drink or use drugs, yet who would not consider themselves a stereotypical addict. Below is an excerpt from that interview:   Finance’s reputation as an industry of long boozy lunches and […]

World No Tobacco Day 2017

In promotion World No Tobacco Day on Wednesday 31st May, we are out and about around the City of London raising awareness of the harms and risks associated with smoking. This morning at St. Barts Hospital, this afternoon at The Barbican Centre, and next week at various Boots chemists within the Square Mile. World No Tobacco Day […]

WDP Square Mile Health continues to deliver..

WDP Square Mile Health continues to deliver a collaborative training package alongside the City Corporation Homelessness Team to multiple cohorts of City workers, whose roles often see them in contact with rough sleepers, on the issues surrounding drugs, alcohol and homelessness in the City. Rough sleeping is an ongoing issue in the City and, considering the variety of […]

City Residents Meeting

                Early in May, the City Corporation held the annual City-wide Residents meeting along with members of the City of London Police force. Residents were invited to the Guildhall in order to meet with senior officials and elected members of the Corporation and hear presentations from those including […]

Homelessness in the City

WDP Square Mile Health, in collaboration with the City of London Corporation, is providing ongoing training sessions to security teams working around St Paul’s, One New Change and Paternoster Square. Square Mile Health is working alongside the City Corporation Homelessness Team to deliver talks to multiple cohorts of 20 staff members on the issues surrounding […]

National No Smoking Day 2017

In the lead-up to national No Smoking Day on March 8th, WDP are holding a number of tobacco awareness events across the City of London to highlight the dangers of smoking and the services available to help those interested. To kick-start the campaign, staff of Square Mile Health spent the afternoon outside Liverpool Street Station, […]

Naloxone Training

Deaths involving heroin and/or morphine have almost doubled between 2012 and 2015 in England and Wales while over 50% of all drug-related deaths continue to involve an opiate. Naloxone is a life-saving opioid antagonist that can be used by professionals, patients, friends and families to reverse the depression of the central nervous and respiratory systems […]

“Strange Ways” MSM Group

Chill-out parties, Grindr, bars and clubs – Those are the options, right? Sex is easy but love is so hard. Feel on the outside looking in? You’re not the only one you know. A new LGBT Group for men who want a different way. The MSM group was created as a more direct intervention to […]

Alcohol over the Festive Season

For many of us, the celebratory spirit of Christmas and New Year is often synonymous with an increase in social drinking and general overindulgence. Unaware of the risks and harms associated with consuming alcohol in high quantities, many will drink to excess during this festive period. With this in mind, WDP Square Mile Health are […]

The Citywork Conference

This week, the Citywork Conference, held at the America Square Conference Centre, discussed the latest thinking on workplace health and wellbeing, providing practical examples and key suppliers to improve health and productivity in organisations within the square mile and beyond. The City of London global hub for financial, professional and business services are responsible for […]

“Lets talk Legal Highs” at City Youth Clubs

This week, our Health and Wellbeing Trainer, Jim Mummery, held two interactive workshops at City of London youth clubs, Portsoken and Artizan. Each session, lasting an hour, focused on the appearance and effects of Novel Psychoactive Substances (Legal Highs), as well as the emergence, production, import and distribution within the UK. The young people who attended […]

Natixis Bank Health and Wellbeing Week

In support of the Natixis Bank Health and Wellbeing week, WDP Square Mile Health presented an hour’s seminar on the more commonly used substances within the City of London, and among youth, including Cocaine, Ketamine and Alcohol, as well as an overview of the emergence of Novel Psychoactive Substances and Legal Highs. Corporate Health and […]

City of London School “Legal Highs” Assembly

Square Mile Health in partnership with the City of London Police delivered a talk on ‘Legal Highs and Novel Psychoactive Substances’ to an assembly of 140 year 9 students attending the City of London School for boys. The interactive seminar, which lasted an hour, was designed to bust myths and raise awareness and understanding of […]

City of London Stoptober Awareness Events

Throughout the month of September, WDP Square Mile Health, in partnership with Smoking Cessation Specialists from Queen Mary University London will be supporting the following month of October’s no-smoking initiative, Stoptober, by holding a number of promotional awareness events across the City of London. The campaign encourages smokers across England to take up the challenge […]

City-wide Residents Meeting

The City of London Corporation and the City of London Police held the City-wide Residents Meeting yesterday at Guildhall, offering residents from across the City of London the chance to ask questions to, and hear from, elected members and senior officials.