Grant means wealth ... if you pro­mote health

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LIV­ING Well Sefton, in part­ner­ship with Sefton Pub­lic Health, is of­fer­ing to boost the well­be­ing of work­ers by award­ing Sefton busi­nesses a Work­place Well­be­ing Grant of £500.

Karen Nolan, Liv­ing Well Sefton co-or­di­na­tor, ex­plains: “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.”

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

The grant money can go to­wards: staff costs, cov­er­ing ses­sional work such as yoga; vol­un­teer costs; equip­ment such as bike racks to en­cour­age ac­tive travel to work; 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.

Al­ready the grants have helped to trans­form how peo­ple work.

The money has gone to­wards buy­ing a bike shel­ter to com­ple­ment the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s cy­cling to work scheme.

“The bike shel­ter will be a per­ma­nent fea­ture that will ben­e­fit staff year on year.

“It will en­cour­age cy­cling year round be­cause our staff who cy­cle to work say they feel sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter dur­ing the day and de­stressed in the evening as a re­sult of cy­cling,” ex­plained one of the grant re­cip­i­ents.

While an­other or­gan­i­sa­tion has used the grant to buy re­sources such as adult bean bags, new paint and cur­tains, to cre­ate a re­lax­ing staff room.

This will pro­vide a place where staff can re-en­er­gise, con­nect with one an­other and pro­vide sup­port and mo­ti­va­tion.

The £500 grants are open to small to medi­um­sized en­ter­prises (SMEs) in Sefton that have fewer than 250 em­ploy­ees (60% of which have to be Sefton res­i­dents) and pri­or­ity will be given to those busi­nesses which em­ploy rou­tine and man­ual work­ers. Karen adds: “If you are not sure whether or not your idea qual­i­fies please get in touch to ask.”

For an ap­pli­ca­tion form or to find out more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Liv­ing Well Sefton on 0300 3230181 or email: work­place­[email protected]­cvs.

Liv­ing Well Sefton can of­fer a £500 grant – if you pro­mote cy­cling to and from work, for ex­am­ple

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