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Check before you bin it

What’s the Dare?

Instead of just binning rubbish– check in can be recycled. Try and put food/general waste in the compost caddies. Other recycling, plastic, cans etc can go in recycling.

Think cans, bottles, paper and plastic. If there isn’t recycling near your office, save it and pop it in the closest bin later on.

Why Dare?

Recycling gives stuff a new lease of life. Did you know that you can recycle glass over and over again for ever ? The more we recycle the better it is for our planet and for us too.

  • Around 95% less energy is used to make products from recycled materials than using raw materials;
  • Recycling one drink can could save enough energy to power a TV for four hours.*
  • It costs a lot more to get rid of landfill rubbish than it does recycling – that is money that can be better used elsewhere.

*Stats taken from http://www.recyclenow.com/

What is the dare?

Make a commitment to check what you’re putting into the bins so we can recycle as much as possible.

Why dare?

Reduce, reuse, recycle. We can’t avoid creating some waste, but if we can recycle as much as possible it helps to reduce our carbon footprint.

  • Did you know that glass can be endlessly recycled?
  • Making something from recycled materials like plastic, tin and glass saves 95% of the energy it would take to make it from the raw material.
  • Did you know that the energy saved from recycling a single drink can could power TV for four hours?
  • As a Trust we spend £170,000 per year removing waste that can’t be recycled. The more we recycle the more we can save, and use that money better elsewhere.

What's the dare?

Make a commitment to check what you’re putting into the bins so we can recycle as much as possible.

Why dare?

Reduce, reuse, recycle. We can’t avoid creating some waste, but if we can recycle as much as possible it helps to reduce our carbon footprint.

  • Did you know that glass can be endlessly recycled?
  • Making something from recycled materials like plastic, tin and glass saves 95% of the energy it would take to make it from the raw material.
  • Did you know that the energy saved from recycling a single drink can could power TV for 4 hours?
  • As a Trust we spend £328,340.38 per year removing waste that can’t be recycled. The more we recycle the more we can save, and use that money better elsewhere.
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Meat Free Monday

What's the Dare?

Cut out meat from your diet every Monday – easy. Ditch the meat and fish for cleaner greener vegetables, pulses and beans.

Why Dare?

Too much meat isn’t good for us or the planet. By cutting down the amount of meat we eat and replacing with other proteins we can:

  • improve our own health
  • save money
  • reduce our impact on the environment

See more tips and advice on healthy living or visit the Meat Free Monday website.

What is the dare?

Cut meat from your diet every Monday (or pick another weekday that works for you) – easy.  Stick to vegetable, pulse and bean based meals for one day per week.

Why dare?

Too much red meat is bad for our health and bad for the planet. Replacing meat in your diet with other proteins can:

  • Save money on the weekly shopping bill.
  • Reduce your impact on the environment, as meat production contributes to our carbon footprint.
  • Improve our digestive and cardiovascular health.

Check out this article for 10 reasons for giving up meat, and visit the ‘Meat Free Monday’ website for some recipe ideas to help you on your way.

The NHS also offers some good advice on meat in your diet.

What is the dare?

Cut meat from your diet every Monday – easy.  Stick to vegetable, pulse and bean based meals for one day per week.

Choose the meat free option from our restaurant or bring in your own lunch. You could even get together as a team for a meat free team lunch monthly!

Why dare?

Too much red meat is bad for our health and bad for the planet. Replacing meat in your diet with other proteins can:

  • Save money on the weekly shopping bill.
  • Reduce your impact on the environment, as meat production contributes to our carbon footprint.
  • Improve our digestive and cardiovascular health.

Check out this article for 10 reasons for giving up meat, and visit the ‘Meat Free Monday’ website for some recipe ideas to help you on your way.

The NHS also offers some good advice on meat in your diet.

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Take a walk

What's the dare?

Take an extra 15-minute walk, at least once a week.

Whatever it takes to get you away from your desk or workplace for a little while – plan it into your lunchtime routine, agree to walk with colleagues, take a walking meeting.

Why dare?

Many of us sit for long periods in our work. Taking a brief walk is proven to be good for us. It

  • enables us to think more clearly
  • give us some gentle exercise
  • means a change of scene and the chance to see what’s happening around us.

See more tips and advice on healthy living.

What’s the dare?

Make sure you get at least 10 minutes extra walking into your working week.

You could plan to make a walk part of your lunch break, maybe get together with colleagues for some social walking, even make your next one-to-one meeting a walking meeting.

Next time you go to email a colleague in the same building, walk to their workspace instead and have a conversation.

Why dare?

Many jobs involve long periods sitting down in one position. We’re designed to move more than we do, and a brief walk is proven to boost wellbeing in mind and body.

Taking just 10 minutes to walk each day can:

  • Boost our concentration and ability to think on our feet (literally!)
  • Build in regular gentle exercise that is good for our overall health.
  • Give us a chance to explore our surroundings, and better appreciate our local environment.
  • Help prevent long term conditions such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
  • Save you money on your commute if you choose to walk to work!

Check out Public Health England’s ‘Active 10’ app to help you stay motivated.

What's the dare?

Make sure you get at least 10 minutes extra walking into your working week.

You could plan to make a walk part of your lunch break, maybe get together with colleagues for some social walking, even make your next one-to-one meeting a walking meeting.

Next time you go to email a colleague in the same building, walk to their workspace instead and have a conversation.

Why dare?

Many jobs involve long periods sitting down in one position. We’re designed to move more than we do, and a brief walk is proven to boost wellbeing in mind and body.

Even if you have an active job, getting out for some fresh air can be rejuvenating.

Talking just 10 minutes to walk each day can:

  • Boost our concentration and ability to think on our feet (literally!)
  • Builds in regular gentle exercise that is good for our overall health.
  • Gives us a chance to explore our surroundings, and better appreciate our local environment.
  • Help prevent long term conditions such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
  • Save you money on your commute if you choose to walk to work!

Check out Public Health England’s ‘Active 10’ app to help you stay motivated.

What's the Dare?

Take an extra 15-minute walk, at least once a week.

Whether it is getting off a stop earlier on the bus to work or home, or popping out to the shops, build walking into your weekly routine.

Why Dare?

Many of us sit for long periods during the day.

Taking a brief walk is proven to be good for us. It

  • enables us to think more clearly
  • give us some gentle exercise
  • means a change of scene and the chance to see what’s happening around us.

See more tips and advice on healthy living.

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Switch it off

What's the dare?

Turn off the lights every time you’re the last to leave a room, and your computer, monitor and electrical equipment such as printers at the end of the day.

Hibernate your computer and turn off your monitor when you go to a meeting. Look out for other things that are on when they shouldn’t be.

Why dare?

Turning off unnecessary electrics will:

  • Lower our energy costs
  • Reduce our environmental impact
  • Create a more peaceful environment for you and your patients

More tips and ideas for how to save energy.

What’s the dare?

Think about the energy you use at work and home and take action to avoid wasting it.

Turn off lights, monitors, PCs, and other electrical items if they don’t need to be on. This includes when going to meetings, out for lunch or at the end of the day.

Turning down the thermostat on radiators and heaters will also help to reduce our energy use.

Why dare?

Energy is a big part of our carbon footprint in healthcare; we rely on it to power our buildings, and our medical equipment, and to create a pleasant environment to work in.

Only using energy when we have to will:

  • Reduce our impact on the environment as both gas and electricity create carbon emissions.
  • Save money on our energy bills, which we can better apply elsewhere in the Trust. Our Trust spends millions every year on gas and electricity. Every person who remembers to switch it off helps us to reduce that spend.
  • Create a more comfortable and peaceful environment for us and our patients.

Did you know…

  • Office lights left on overnight use enough energy in one year to heat a home for five months?
  • An office computer left on overnight every day for one year creates enough CO2 to fill a double decker bus?

What's the dare?

Think about the energy you use at work and home and take action to avoid wasting it.

Turn off lights, monitors, PCs, and other electrical items if they don’t need to be on. This includes when going to meetings, out for lunch or at the end of the day.

Turning down the thermostat on radiators and heaters will also help to reduce our energy use.

Why dare?

Energy is a big part of our carbon footprint in healthcare; we rely on it to power our buildings, and our medical equipment, and to create a pleasant environment to work in.

Only using energy when we have to will:

  • Reduce our impact on the environment as both gas and electricity create carbon emissions.
  • Save money on our energy bills, which we can better apply elsewhere in the Trust. SASH spends £1,840,000 every year on gas and electricity.
  • Create a more comfortable and peaceful environment for us and our patients.

Did you know…

  • Office lights left on overnight use enough energy in one year to heat a home for five months?
  • An office computer left on overnight every day for one year creates enough CO2 to fill a double decker bus?

What's the Dare?

Turn off the lights every time you’re the last to leave a room, and and any electrical equipment such as laptops, microwaves etc when not in use.

Look out for other things that are on when they shouldn’t be – especially things like mobile phone chargers.

Why Dare?

Turning off unnecessary electrics will:

  • Lower your energy costs
  • Reduce your environmental impact
  • Create a more peaceful environment in your home

More tips and ideas for how to save energy.

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Dare to Connect as a volunteer

What's the dare?

Making new connections in the community can be really rewarding.

Take part in SCFT’s ‘Community Connect’ programme and volunteer your time and talents to really make a difference – for both you and those you’ll meet.

Why dare?

If we give a bit of time and share a bit of who we are, we help others but we also help ourselves.

Community Connect is a great way for you to:

  • Boost your confidence and meet new people
  • Feel good about doing good – did you know that helping others is proven to lift your mood? Read about it here. It can also help improve your health, from sleeping better to getting out and about more.
  • Learn new stuff – it could be useful for you at home, or even help in getting or changing a career. Reed recruitment share the value of volunteering here.

You can learn more about SCFT’s ‘Community Connect’ programme here.

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Drink every drop

What's the dare?

Drink at least 2 litres of water every day. Fill up a bottle to take to your desk. And while you’re there, if you see a tap dripping give it a tweak to turn it off – or report it to your local maintenance team if that doesn’t work.

Why dare?

Water is the stuff of life, and we need to cherish every drop as changing weather patterns reduce our supplies. Being water-wise will:

  • Keep us hydrated and healthy
  • Reduce our water wastage and save money
  • Preserve supplies in times of drought

For more information on saving water at work and at home, check out our tips and advice page. Or for advice on keeping hydrated, see NHS UK.

What’s the dare?

Pledge to drink at least two litres of water every day. Bring in a refillable bottle to keep with you at work and sip a little but often to stay hydrated.

While you’re filling up on water, check the tap isn’t leaking, and if it is then report it through ‘Job Done’ on the staff intranet or to the Estates and Facilities Helpdesk on 0300 304 0040.

Why dare?

We need to be water wise in more ways than one; water is the stuff of life and we need to make best use of it so we have enough to drink today, and in the future.

  • Catching drips and leaks quickly can help us reduce water waste and save money on water bills.
  • Staying properly hydrated helps to improve concentration and decision making.
  • Drinking enough each day keeps your kidneys and other organs working well.
  • Avoiding water waste helps to preserve supplies in times of drought.

Check out NHS England’s guidance on staying hydrated.

What's the dare?

Pledge to drink at least two litres of water every day. Bring in a refillable bottle to keep with you at work and sip a little but often to stay hydrated.

While you’re filling up on water, check the tap isn’t leaking, and if it is then report it through Estates Helpdesk ext:1234

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Why dare?

We need to be water wise in more ways than one; water is the stuff of life and we need to make best use of it so we have enough to drink today, and in the future.

Healthcare staff can find it especially hard to make the time to get enough to drink on shift.

  • Catching drips and leaks quickly can help us reduce water waste and save money on water bills.
  • Staying properly hydrated helps to improve concentration and decision making.
  • Drinking enough each day keeps your kidneys and other organs working well.
  • Avoiding water waste helps to preserve supplies in times of drought.

Check out NHS England’s guidance on staying hydrated.

What's the Dare?

Drink at least 2 litres of water every day. Fill up a bottle to take out and about whether at work or home. And while you’re there, if you see a tap dripping give it a tweak to turn it off.

Why Dare?

Water is the stuff of life, and we need to cherish every drop as changing weather patterns reduce our supplies. Being water-wise will:

  • Keep us hydrated and healthy
  • Reduce our water wastage and save money
  • Preserve supplies in times of drought

For more information on saving water at work and at home, check out our tips and advice page. Or for advice on keeping hydrated, see NHS UK.

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Get on a bike

What’s the Dare?

Cycling is a great way to get from A to B. And costs are minimal once you’ve got  a bike.*

Swap one car or public transport journey each week for pedal power and you’ll soon reap the rewards.

Why not build it into your commute to work to sneak a bit of extra exercise into your routine?

*If you don’t have a bike yet why  not see if your work offers the bike to work scheme for discounts on bikes and accessories?

Why dare?

We all need to move around more, to boost both our mind and body. Travelling by bike you will:

  • Save money on fuel or train/bus fares
  • Get fitter while going from A to B – and exercise is a known stress buster too
  • Reduce your carbon emissions in your local area

What’s the dare?

Swap one car or public transport journey each week for cycling instead.

If you don’t have a bike visit http://staff.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/health-and-wellbeing/staff-benefits-and-discount to find out about the Trust’s cycle to work scheme.

Investing in an electric bike can help get you cycling more if you live in a hilly area.

Why dare?

Cycling is a greener, cleaner, cheaper alternative to motorised travel, and sometimes it can be just as fast, if not quicker depending on traffic.

Replacing a motorised journey with cycling will:

  • Save you money on fuel or train/bus fares.
  • Improve your fitness getting from A to B more actively.
  • Reduce stress through regular exercise.
  • Improve local air quality by reducing your carbon emissions.

The Love to Ride organisation offers loads of support for new or experienced cyclists and some great competitions that reward you the more you ride.

Check out what your local council offers too – some will offer cycle maintenance courses, and road safety refreshers so you can feel more confident on the roads.

What’s the dare?

Swap one car or public transport journey each week for cycling instead.

If you don’t have a bike yet visit SaSHNet Intranet to find out about the Trust’s cycle to work scheme.

Investing in an electric bike can help get you cycling more if you live in a hilly area.

Why dare?

Cycling is a greener, cleaner, cheaper alternative to motorised travel, and sometimes it can be just as fast, if not quicker depending on traffic.

Replacing a motorised journey with cycling will:

  • Save you money on fuel or train/bus fares.
  • Improve your fitness getting from A to B more actively.
  • Reduce stress through regular exercise.
  • Improve local air quality by reducing your carbon emissions.

The Love to Ride organisation offers loads of support for new or experienced cyclists and some great competitions that reward you the more you ride.

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One less car journey

What's the Dare?

Take one less car journey a week.

Why Dare?

Some of us need to use cars. But finding alternative ways to get around, even just some of the time, we can:

  • reduce pressure on roads, car parks – and the environment
  • be more active (walking or cycling)
  • get a bit of time back for ourselves (reading on the train or the bus)

Did you know Sussex Community NHS Trust has a Travel Bureau that can help you make good choices about travel?

See the smarter travel tips and advice page for more information.

What’s the dare?

Once in the week swap a journey that you would make by car for walking, cycling or public transport instead. Even a car share would count!

You can do this at home or at work – every journey makes a difference.

You could commute to work in a new way, and use a pool car for getting to meetings at work.

Why dare?

Sometimes using the car is unavoidable, but there are times when finding an alternative to get around is possible and even beneficial…

  • Active travel is great for your health and wellbeing.
  • You’ll save money on fuel and car wear and tear.
  • One less car on the roads reduces local air pollution and congestion on the roads.
  • Avoid the stress (and expense) of finding a parking space.

Sussex Partnership spends a lot on mileage expenses every year. Savings made on this could be used to improve our patient care.

What’s the dare?

Once in the week swap a journey that you would make by car for walking, cycling or public transport instead. Even a car share would count!

You can do this at home or at work – every journey makes a difference.

You could commute to work in a new way, and maybe car share for getting to meetings at work.

Why dare?

Sometimes using the car is unavoidable, but there are times when finding an alternative to get around is possible and even beneficial…

  • Active travel is great for your health and wellbeing.
  • You’ll save money on fuel and car wear and tear.
  • One less car on the roads reduces local air pollution and congestion on the roads.
  • Avoid the stress (and expense) of finding a parking space.

SASH spends£145,000 on mileage expenses every year. Savings made on this could be used to improve our patient care.

What's the Dare?

Make one less car journey a week.

Why Dare?

Some of us need to use cars. But finding alternative ways to get around, even just some of the time, we can:

  • reduce pressure on roads, car parks – and the environment
  • be more active (walking or cycling)
  • get a bit of time back for ourselves (reading on the train or the bus)
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#oneless piece of plastic

What's the Dare?

Reduce your use of single use plastic one item at a time.

Whether you choose to invest in a reusable water bottle or coffee cup,opt for a bamboo toothbrush, or even source a plastic free alternative for an item you use at work, every little change you make helps to reduce the waste we produce.

Why Dare?

Plastic is a growing problem as we continue to consume single use items that immediately end up in landfill – and as David Attenborough highlighted, in our oceans and natural environments.

We need oil to make plastic, and with limited reserves it is vital we use it for the products that matter most.

Reducing your single use plastic use will:

  • Help you enjoy a cleaner natural environment
  • Support the NHS in its journey to become more sustainable
  • Save money in the longer term as you don’t need to repeat purchase
  • Save the NHS money through recycling or less incineration
  • Help you feel better knowing you are doing your bit to make a positive difference

 

In the UK 38.5m plastic bottles are used every day – only just over half make it to recycling, while more than 16m are put into landfill, burnt or leak into the environment and oceans each day.

NHS trusts in England have purchased 609,830,335 disposable cups since 2013.

100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million sea birds are killed by marine plastic pollution annually.

Good source of info –

Plastic Pollution – Facts and Figures

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/a-million-a-minute-worlds-plastic-bottle-binge-as-dangerous-as-climate-change

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/11/nhs-returns-china-cups-saucers-war-disposable-cups/

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Say hello

What’s the Dare?

Every day we pass many faces without really noticing.

Take the time to look up, notice faces around you and say hello to the people you pass in the corridor, or share a smile.

Extend team introductions beyond the meeting room and get to know colleagues around you.

Or go one step further and offer a compliment a day – it could be as simple as ‘I like the way you did that’ about a colleague’s work.

Why dare?

A friendly vibe at work can make all the difference to your working day and it is so easy to create. Amid the hustle and bustle if we all just take the time to show each other a kind word, or a smile it can make the hardest of days that bit easier.

  • Loneliness can actually damage your health, lowering your immune system, so a quick hello to a face you see each day in the corridor or in the staff kitchen can help reduce feelings of loneliness and improve health.
  • When we smile we release endorphins, which make us feel happier and  reduce cortisol, which in turn reduces stress.
  • Smiles are natural pain killers, it is one of the reasons we smile or laugh if we bump ourselves, smiling more in the day might just help you feel a bit better.
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Keep waste confidential

What’s the Dare?

Confidential waste is important, we have to protect our data. But it’s important we keep general paper waste out of confidential waste bins too.

Make sure that any paper going into confidential really needs to be there – if not pop it in the recycling bin instead.

Why Dare?

Secure disposal of confidential waste is vital in an organisation like ours, but we need to be sensible with it. Keeping confidential waste strictly confidential will:

  • Ensure the bins don’t fill up too soon so you can always pop things in when you need to.
  • Save £££s for the Trust – a bag of recycling costs just 30p compared to a console costing £7.50.
  • Double checking that confidential waste is going into the right bin will reduce those stress moments when you worry you’ve put a confidential file in the wrong place.

For more information on how to safely dispose of confidential waste check your organisational policy.

SCFT waste link

What’s the Dare?

Confidential waste is important, we have to protect our data, but it’s important we keep general paper waste out of confidential waste bins.

Make sure that any paper going into confidential really needs to be there – if not pop it in the recycling bin instead.

Why dare?

Confidential waste bins can easily get full in a busy office – and it costs more to remove than standard waste – because we have to be sure it all stays confidential.

  • Keeping confidential waste strictly confidential will ensure the bins don’t fill up too soon so you can always pop things in when you need to.
  • Reducing the amount of waste that is classed as confidential will save money that can be better used elsewhere.
  • Double checking that confidential waste is going into the right bin will reduce those stress moments when you worry you’ve put a confidential file in the wrong place.
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Sugar Swap

What’s the Dare?

Sugar hides in unexpected places from pasta sauces to peanut butter as well as in the more obvious temptations like fizzy drinks and biscuits.

Try swapping sugar-packed options for something a bit kinder to your body. Start with drinks and aim to swap at least one drink per day for something sugar free*.

Say, swap a can of coke for a cup of tea. Or a snack bar for some carrot and hummus.

*remember that sugar free is not the same as no added sugar

Why Dare?

Everyone from children to grown-ups is eating too much sugar – on average we all need to halve what we have each day to protect ourselves against future health problems.

Plus sugar production has a real impact on our environment; in the EU alone 3 million tonnes of soil is lost each year through beet farming.

  • Save on sugar and save on  pounds – both money and weight !
  • Diseases like obesity, heart disease and diabetes cost the NHS millions each year – money which could be saved if more people take actions now to improve their future health.
  • Sugar crops have a big impact on our environment, if we use less we can grow it more sustainably.

And for more information on about how to swap out sugar, and what we mean by sugar free, check this website.

Or there is more info here too…

What’s the dare?

Sugar hides in unexpected places from pasta sauces to peanut butter as well as in the more obvious temptations like fizzy drinks and biscuits.

Try swapping sugar-packed options for something a bit kinder to your body. Start with drinks and aim to swap at least one drink per day for something sugar free*.

*remember that sugar free is not the same as no added sugar

Why dare?

Everyone from children to grown-ups are eating too much sugar – on average we all need to halve what we have each day to protect ourselves against future health problems.

Plus sugar production has a real impact on our environment; in the EU alone 3 million tonnes of soil is lost each year through beet farming.

  • Save on sugar and save on the pounds – both money and weight gain!
  • Diseases like obesity, heart disease and diabetes cost the NHS millions each year – money which could be saved if more people take actions now to improve their future health.
  • Sugar crops have a big impact on our environment, if we use less we can grow it more sustainably.

Did you know that you’d need to walk around Wembley Stadium six times to burn off the energy in a single can of fizzy pop?

Find out more about the sugar smart campaign, or download the NHS app to help you keep track of your sugar intake.

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Make a meeting virtual

What’s the Dare?

Meetings are sometimes unavoidable, we need to talk and share ideas, issues and solutions. But they don’t always need to happen in one place.

Make at least one meeting per month virtual. Use teleconferencing or video conferencing facilities rather than travelling to gather in once place.

Why dare?

As a community based trust travel is essential, but we can try to keep travel to a minimum (and travel smarter for any essential journeys). Technology makes it much easier too. By going virtual just once a month we can:

  • Cut down on travel time and reduce the stress of trying to fit too much into the day.
  • Reduce our carbon footprint and help reduce air pollution for a cleaner place to live and work.
  • Save money on fuel that could be put to use elsewhere for our patients.

Leeds CCG introduced virtual meetings and in a year saved over £3,000 and 54 working days! What could your team achieve?

Contact the IT team to find out what is available for you.

What’s the dare?

At least once per month arrange a virtual meeting rather than travelling to another site to meet in person. Use teleconferencing or video conferencing facilities to meet up without the travel.

Meetings are an essential part of working life; they help to share ideas, issues and solutions but they don’t always need everyone to gather in one place to happen.

If you really can’t make the meeting virtual, can you arrange car share or alternative active travel to get there instead?

Why dare?

Sussex Partnership works out in the community and across many locations,. While travel is necessary we need to look for ways to travel less when possible. Going for a virtual meeting just once in the month could:

  • Give you back time in the day to do other things, reducing stress and anxiety.
  • Help to reduce our Trust’s carbon emissions, improving local air quality.
  • Save money on fuel and mileage expenses that could be used for our patients instead.

Not sure how Skype videoconferencing works? Full instructions are available on the staff intranet at http://staff.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/services/training/video-conferencing

Did you know that a CCG in Leeds saved 54 working days and £3,000 in one year by introducing more virtual meetings?

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Car Share

What’s the Dare?

If you have to travel to a meeting or an event, travel as a team, or with other colleagues in one car.

It’s that easy. One journey, one vehicle, many people.

Why dare?

The more people who travel together the fewer cars  on the road.

  • Use the time travelling together to get to know colleagues better and boost team relations
  • Save fuel, money and cut carbon
  • Less worry about finding parking spaces
  • Swap tips on eco-driving while you’re travelling.

Find more information on car sharing here.

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Make it Personal

What's the dare?

Next time you go to email someone in your building, stop – and go see them face to face instead. Easy.

Why dare?

Another email in your inbox can be one email too many – so save a colleague from tech-stress and have that chat in person.

  • Face to face time with colleagues helps build relationships
  • It gives you a good excuse to stretch your legs on office time
  • If you turn off your monitor before you go you’ll be saving a bit of energy too!

For more information on energy saving and healthy living, check out our tips and advice.

What’s the dare?

Next time you go to pick up the phone or type an email to someone in your building stop – and go see them face to face instead. Simple as that!

We’ve become reliant on technology but sometimes having a good old face to face conversation can be much more rewarding.

Why dare?

Another email your inbox can be one email too many – so save a colleague from tech-stress and have that chat in person. It will help to make Sussex Partnership a friendlier place to work too.

  • Face to face time with colleagues helps build relationships and reduces anxiety.
  • It gives you a good excuse to stretch your legs on office time and build some movement into your working day.
  • If you turn off your monitor before you go you’ll be saving a bit of energy too!
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Paper cut

What's the Dare?

Cut down on the paper you use, by:

  • only printing when you need to
  • making it double-sided when you do
  • buying recycled

Why Dare?

Paper has a big impact on the environment, and on our bills.

By using less of it, and making the most of the paper we do use, we can:

  • cut costs
  • cut energy costs
  • reduce waste

See the waste tips and advice page for more information.

What's the dare?

We can reduce our impact on the environment by choosing to print less at work (you could also do this at home); there are several ways you can do this:

  • only print when you need to – could you take a laptop to meetings?
  • make it double-sided when you do print
  • use recycled paper for all your printing to reduce your impact on the environment
  • print in black and white to reduce the inks used

Why dare?

Paper has a big impact on the environment, and on our bills.

By using less of it, and making the most of the paper we do use, we can:

  • save money we can better spend elsewhere
  • cut energy costs on printer usage
  • reduce waste paper, toners etc

Did you know that it takes between 7 and 17 gallons of water to create one ream of office paper, depending on the paper mill process?

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Step Up

What's the dare?

Take the stairs when the lift is the tempting alternative – do as many floors as you can manage. Why not take a team challenge and see if you can climb higher than Everest?

Why dare?

If you can take the stairs over the lift you’ll get fitter while doing the planet a favour too.

  • You’ll boost your heart rate – improving cardio-health
  • Avoiding the lift saves energy and helps reduce our carbon emissions
  • It’s a great way to fit a bit of exercise into your day without even trying!

For more information on healthy living and saving energy, check out our tips and advice pages.

What’s the Dare?

Take the stairs when the lift is the tempting alternative – do as many floors as you can manage. Why not take a team challenge and see if you can climb higher than Everest in a year?

Why dare?

If you can take the stairs over the lift you’ll get fitter while doing the planet a favour too.

  • You’ll boost your heart rate – improving cardio-health
  • Avoiding the lift saves energy and helps reduce our carbon emissions
  • It’s a great way to fit a bit of exercise into your day without even trying!

Did you know that climbing the stairs at a gentle pace burns more calories than a brisk walk on the flat?

Find out more about why taking the stairs is a real winner here.

What's the Dare?

Take the stairs when the lift is the tempting alternative – do as many floors as you can manage. Why not challenge yourself and see if you can climb higher than Everest?

Why Dare?

If you can take the stairs over the lift you’ll get fitter while doing the planet a favour too.

  • You’ll boost your heart rate – improving cardio-health
  • Avoiding the lift saves energy and helps reduce our carbon emissions
  • It’s a great way to fit a bit of exercise into your day without even trying!

For more information on healthy living and saving energy, check out our tips and advice pages.

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Drive down fuel costs

What's the dare?

Driving differently is proven to save up to 15% on fuel costs.

When you drive, follow a few simple steps to reduce the amount of fuel you use:

  • accelerate and brake gently (when safe to do so!)
  • remove any excess weight from your vehicle (items in the boot you don’t need, roof rack in the winter)
  • ensure your tyres are the right pressure

 

Why dare?

Fuel costs us, and the less we use the better for our pockets, the NHS and the environment.

For more information, ideas and advice on travel, see our smarter travel page.

What’s the dare?

Driving differently is proven to save up to 15% on fuel costs.

When you drive, follow a few simple steps to reduce the amount of fuel you use:

  • accelerate and brake gently (when safe to do so!)
  • remove any excess weight from your vehicle (items in the boot you don’t need, roof rack in the winter)
  • ensure your tyres are the right pressure

Here is the AA’s advice to help you drive smart!

Why dare?

Fuel isn’t just a burden on your wallet; it takes its toll on the environment too.

The less fuel we use the less air pollution we create, which means we, our patients and our communities are all breathing that bit easier.

Air pollution is linked to respiratory illnesses and heart disease.

 

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Sort It

What's the dare?

Recycle. From paper to plastic we have bins for your recyclable waste – pop it in the right bin each time, every time.

Segregate your recyclables from healthcare waste too. Packaging and paper towels can be recycled if they’re not contaminated, so sort it.

Why dare?

What we throw out costs – it costs the NHS £££’s and it costs the planet. If we all recycle what we can, then:

  • Paper, plastic, tin foil and more besides will get a chance to be useful all over again
  • We’ll reduce the impact of our waste on the environment
  • We’ll cut costs – sending waste to be recycled is much cheaper than any other waste stream.

BUT REMEMBER – not all waste can be recycled! Be careful to dispose of healthcare waste and confidential waste correctly. Make sure you’re familiar with the Trust’s Waste Management Policy AND up to date with your waste training. Find full details on The Pulse.

For more ideas, check out the tips and advice pages – waste not, want not.

 

What's the Dare?

Recycle. From paper to plastic there are bins for your recyclable waste – pop it in the right bin each time, every time.

Can you compost instead of putting things in landfill too?

Why Dare?

What we throw out costs – it costs the NHS and the council £££’s and it costs the planet. If we all recycle what we can, then:

  • Paper, plastic, tin foil and more besides will get a chance to be useful all over again
  • We’ll reduce the impact of our waste on the environment
  • We’ll cut costs – sending waste to be recycled is much cheaper than any other waste stream.
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