Harlow employers inspired to champion health and wellbeing in their workplace

Date: 
Monday, 8 July, 2019
Number: 
19-52

A free event promoting positive health and wellbeing in the workplace saw around 60 local employers attend the Harlow Football Club to listen to speakers from a range of support services.

The Work Well event held on Friday 28 June included a number of speakers from organisations such as Rainbow Services, who spoke about topics including the benefits of employee volunteering and Mind in West Essex, speaking about their Time to Change campaign, which aims to remove discrimination and the stigma surrounding mental health.

Organised by the Bewell, Staywell, Workwell, delivery group of the Health and Wellbeing Partnership Board, the event resulted in 40 requests being made to support organisations for further information on the services they offer, to help employers provide healthier workplaces.

Councillor Eugenie Harvey, portfolio holder for Community Wellbeing, said: “It was encouraging to see so many people attend and listen to some great speakers who really champion health and wellbeing in the workplace.

“In all of the presentations there were tremendous offers of support to work alongside Harlow employers and help them to create and maintain a happy and healthy workforce. It was also incredibly inspiring to hear from employers who shared some excellent lived experiences and spoke about the positive impact this has had on their business and workforce.

“It’s important we consider how places of work contribute towards our health and wellbeing, and we hope more employers will take advantage of the available information and support.”

Speakers at the event included:

  • Department for Work and Pensions: Is your workplace Disability Confident?
  • Active Essex: The importance of physical activity and its role within the workplace
  • Mind in West Essex: Time to Change, removing the stigma of Mental Health
  • Provide CIC: Essex Lifestyle Service and Working Well, an employee led approach to workplace health and wellbeing
  • Employ-Ability: Support for employees experiencing mental health problems.
  • Rainbow Services: Employee Volunteering
  • Case studies from HTS (Property & Environment) Ltd, Pemberley Academy and Bidfood.
  • Harlow Council: The event was opened by the Portfolio Holder for Community Wellbeing and closed by the Managing Director for the council.

For more information on the presenting organisations or to find out more about Bewell, Staywell, Workwell, please contact chris.purvis@harlow.gov.uk