Woodhead Enterprise would like to make the organisations aware of an award scheme that is currently available to all companies in the Newark and Sherwood district. ‘Wellbeing@Work’ is a free health and wellbeing award scheme led by the Public Health team at Nottinghamshire County Council. The scheme is open to all organisations within the county, no matter how big or small. The scheme aims to provide organisations with a structured approach to the health and wellbeing of employees in the workplace, recognising and learning from Best Practice activities and initiatives.

Wellbeing@Work has been running in Bassetlaw since 2010 with a wide variety of organisations registered to the scheme including; Wilkinson’s, EDF Energy, Eatons, Solway Foods, North Nottinghamshire college, Bassetlaw District Council and NHS Bassetlaw CCG. Since the launch of the county model in 2014 the scheme has seen a total of 16 county agencies signed up. Wellbeing@work is now available within the Newark and Sherwood district for organisations at local level.

The scheme offers free training including; a RSPH Level 2 Health trainer qualification, motivational interviewing techniques, and mental health advice within the workplace. Registered organisations will assign one member of the workforce as a ‘Workplace champion’ which will then see them become part of a district network and in turn a county network of other workforce champions. The programme will see organisations receive support from a NCC Health Improvement Officer, as well as other partner agencies throughout the involvement in the scheme. Ultimately, Wellbeing@work offers the potential for a better working environment, where staff are healthier and happier at work, creating a positive impact on the productivity on organisations as a whole. There is no cost to join the scheme and the only resource required is a small amount of officer time to lead within your organisation and also the time needed for the staff member that is recruited as workplace champion to attend the required training.