£500 grants for firms to im­prove well­be­ing

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SEFTON busi­nesses are be­ing of­fered the chance of £500 grants to boost work­ers’ well­be­ing.

The ini­tia­tive, be­ing run by Liv­ing Well Sefton, in part­ner­ship with Sefton Pub­lic Health, will be award­ing Work­place Well­be­ing Grants.

Karen Nolan, Liv­ing Well Sefton co­or­di­na­tor, said: “Look­ing after the well­be­ing of em­ploy­ees will make for a stronger or­gan­i­sa­tion with a hap­pier, health­ier work­force.

“Im­prov­ing work­place well­be­ing can also con­tribute to re­duced ab­sen­teeism, in­creased pro­duc­tiv­ity and sup­port staff to im­prove their life­styles.”

The launch of the grants co­in­cides with a new joint project in­tro­duced by the Duke of Cam­bridge and men­tal health char­ity Mind to sup­port work­places in im­prov­ing staff well­be­ing.

A study into work­place well­be­ing by Mind high­lighted poor men­tal health at work as be­ing wide­spread, with half (48%) of all peo­ple sur­veyed say­ing they have ex­pe­ri­enced a men­tal health prob­lem, such as anx­i­ety or stress, in their cur­rent job.

Cllr Ian Mon­cur, Sefton Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for health and well­be­ing, said: “As we con­tinue to pro­mote pos­i­tive men­tal well­be­ing across the bor­ough as part of 30 Days of Sefton in Mind, I hope that em­ploy­ers across Sefton make the most of this grant to help turn their work­place into a hap­pier place to be.”

The grant money can go to a range of things, in­clud­ing: staff costs, cov­er­ing ses­sional work such as yoga; vol­un­teer costs; equip­ment such as bike racks to en­cour­age ac­tive travel to work; or train­ing cour­ses with a well­be­ing fo­cus and events to sup­port the well­be­ing of staff.

It can also be used to re­fur­bish fa­cil­i­ties which con­tribute to the health and well­be­ing of staff, for ex­am­ple dec­o­rat­ing a break room or buy­ing a ta­ble and chairs to en­cour­age peo­ple to eat lunch away from their desks.

The £500 grants are open to small to medi­um­sized en­ter­prises (SMEs) in Sefton that have fewer than 250 em­ploy­ees (60% of whom have to be Sefton res­i­dents) and pri­or­ity will be given to those busi­nesses which em­ploy rou­tine and man­ual work­ers.

For an ap­pli­ca­tion form or to find out more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Liv­ing Well Sefton on 0300 323 0181 or email: work­place­grants@sefton­cvs. org.uk.

Cllr Ian Mon­cur is call­ing on em­ploy­ers to take up the chance of the grants

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