We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new Trust wide initiative to promote staff wellbeing.

Occupational Health and Wellbeing Services have teamed up with Knowsley Safari, to provide half day wellbeing sessions for teams across the Trust to take a step back from their day to day work and immerse themselves in nature and the great outdoors.

Funded by our charity, Mersey Cares, it is a unique opportunity to recharge, refresh, and reconnect with yourself and your colleagues.

There is plenty of evidence that shows spending time outdoors amongst wildlife can significantly enhance your mental health and wellbeing. From reducing stress and anxiety to boosting mood and creativity, Knowsley Safari Park, with its access to acres of beautiful natural landscapes and diverse wildlife, is the perfect setting for our wellbeing initiative.

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The half day sessions offer teams the chance to step away from their daily routine, immerse themselves in nature, and engage in activities designed to promote relaxation and wellbeing. Whether it's a guided nature walk, mindfulness exercises amidst the tranquil surroundings, or simply taking in the sights and sounds of the park, each session promises to provide a much needed break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Sessions run from 9.30am to 1.30pm and each session is open to a maximum of 12 people.

Participants will also have the chance to spend time with lions, zebras, rhinos, capybaras, and the park’s infamous baboons – with a ride on the ‘Baboon Bus’ taking them up close and personal.

Wellbeing Through Wildlife sessions are available to teams across the Trust.

Sessions can be booked by team managers only and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

This is a unique opportunity and spaces for these sessions are limited. Please note that as our funding for these events is limited, we sadly may not be able to offer all teams who apply a place. 

The dates listed below are confirmed. The sessions begin in April 2024 coinciding with Stress Awareness Month.

All sessions start at 9.30am and finish at 1.30pm with a maximum capacity of 12 people.

Please note all sessions are currently fully booked. We will update this page as soon as possible with any further dates. 

  • Wednesday, 24 April 2024 - now fully booked
  • Thursday, 2 May 2024 - now fully booked
  • Thursday, 23 May 2024- now fully booked
  • Friday, 24 May 2024 - now fully booked
  • Monday, 3 June 2024 - now fully booked
  • Thursday, 6 June 2024- now fully booked
  • Friday, 21 June 2024 - now fully booked
  • Thursday, 4 July 2024 - now fully booked
  • Friday, 5 July 2024 - now fully booked
  • Monday, 8 July 2024 - now fully booked
  • Thursday, 11 July 2024 - now fully booked
  • Monday, 15 July 2024 - now fully booked
  • Wednesday, 4 September 2024 - now fully booked
  • Tuesday, 10 September 2024 - now fully booked
  • Friday, 13 September 2024 - now fully booked
  • Friday, 4 October 2024 - now fully booked
  • Friday, 18 October 2024 - now fully booked
  • Monday, 21 October 2024 - now fully booked
  • Thursday, 24 October 2024 - now fully booked
  • Friday, 25 October 2024 - now fully booked

All queries should be directed to wellbeinghub@merseycare.nhs.uk from work email accounts.


Support Mersey Cares to do more!

This initiative has been made possible thanks to funding from Mersey Cares, our dedicated NHS Charity, as part of their commitment to promoting employee wellbeing.

If you are not signed up already to our Mersey Care Pennies from Heaven scheme please consider doing so, so that we can continue to fund initiatives like this in the future.