£500 grants for firms to improve wellbeing
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