Early Links Supporting Inclusion

2021 Wellness Challenge

By Gavin Rae

Marketing & Communication Manager


The wellbeing of the people we support and our team are always priorities for us but even more so during this lockdown period. Telehealth and other innovative support techniques have allowed our team to continue supporting their clients, but we were also very aware of the need to support our team. They often go above and beyond to selflessly assist the children, teens and adults they support.

Supporting our team

We wanted to find a way to help our team feel connected, instil a sense of common purpose, keep active and with a dash of friendly competition thrown in for good measure. We felt that this could be a positive initiative that would bring our team together and give them a boost during a challenging time.

Community collaboration

At Early Links, we love collaborating with like-minded organisations in our community. In discussions with our friends at Firstchance and Hunter Prelude, we discovered they too were keen on such an initiative. In collaboration, the three organisations developed a wellness challenge as the solution. The wellness challenge that we have devised involves teams from each of the organisations competing against one another in two different challenges.

2021 Wellness Challenge Participants Run Across Sunny Field

A step challenge tournament

We have used the 10,000 steps system to create a step challenge tournament. We’re only halfway through the tournament, and the eight teams comprised of eighty participants have already achieved a combined total of over 10,000,000 steps.

Creative challenges

Participants are also being set creative challenges that they can complete on their walks, such as finding and photographing specific items or creating inspirational chalk drawings. The tasks are set through a special Facebook Group that we created for the challenge. This group has also allowed our teams to interact and get to know each other, which will only strengthen the bonds between the three organisations.

Ready to get active?

If you’re looking for a way for you, your family or your work team to get active, feel connected and work together to a common goal, why not set up a wellness challenge of your own? The 10,000 steps system is a free program that is easy to use and can be accessed at 10000steps.org.au.

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