A NORTH EAST housing and support provider has been recognised for its continued commitment to the health and wellbeing of its workforce.
Tyne Housing has been awarded Continuing Excellence in the Better Health at Work Awards after four years of involvement with the programme, having successfully progressed from the bronze standard to silver and gold.
The organisation has many initiatives already in place to support the health and wellbeing of staff, and during 2022, launched a new scheme to empower employees to take an even more active role in developing and delivering better health projects, with the aim of benefiting more than just a single employee or team.
Project proposals were assessed by the Better Health at Work working group – which is made up of health advocate volunteers and champions from within the organisation – and two projects moved forward.
The first project was a cycling club, which continues to benefit staff and residents by providing access to bikes, safety equipment and training via a local cycling social enterprise.
Tyne has also worked on the renovation of a disused roof space at its main housing office, creating a decked roof garden for staff to enjoy, with furniture created by visitors at Tyne’s wood workshop.
With five levels to the award – Bronze, Silver, Gold, Continuing Excellence and Maintaining Excellence – the Better Health at Work Award recognises the efforts of employers in the North East and Cumbria in addressing health issues within the workplace.
Assessors from Better Health at Work commended Tyne for its clear commitment and acknowledgement from senior leaders that staff and organisational wellbeing are key to delivering good quality services and outcomes.
Louise Wilson, Head of Business Development at Tyne, said: “We’re delighted to receive the Continuing Excellence Award to recognise the hard work of all our health advocates within Tyne.
“As a housing and support provider, it’s important that we take care of our staff and support their health and wellbeing, so they can deliver the best possible service to our residents and people within the community.
“From our new cycling club and outdoor space to our Employee Assistance Programme, which provides all staff with 24/7 confidential access to counselling and advice, we are committed to working with staff to make our workplace healthier and continue being an employer that is receptive to positive change.”
To find out more about working at Tyne Housing, visit: https://www.tynehousing.org.uk/work-with-us/