Chamber of Commerce to lead important health and wellbeing initiative

Public Health England has awarded the delivery contract of a free health and wellbeing scheme to Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, with supporting partners Community First and Active Herefordshire & Worcestershire.

Worcestershire Works Well is a recognised initiative that has been in place for over 10 years and aims to improve workplace health and wellbeing in the county.

For many organisations, coronavirus is creating a lot of uncertainty which may be having an impact on businesses and workers in several ways. As England continues through its second national lockdown into the colder and darker months, employers play a hugely important role in looking after employee’s mental health and wellbeing.

Speaking of the announcement Sharon Smith, CEO of the Chamber, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the delivery of such a well-known and recognised health and wellbeing initiative.

“The scheme already works with over 100 businesses locally, and we look forward to taking it in a new direction to support organisations in what continues to be an unprecedented time for all.”

Worcestershire Works Well has a dedicated page aimed at businesses operating in Covid-19, and details how employers can support their colleagues through this time.

Accredited businesses that have worked closely with the scheme include Bishop Fleming, Hewett Recruitment, Southco, Webbs and Worcester Bosch.

The Chamber will now lead on the marketing and growth of the initiative in Worcestershire and will continue to work alongside supporting partners Community First and Active Herefordshire & Worcestershire, and steering group members Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Regulatory Services.

Dawn Hardman, Director of HR at the Chamber, added: “The health and wellbeing of employees is now more important than ever as many continue to work from home without access to their usual support systems.

“Worcestershire Works Well is an excellent programme that will continue to help businesses when supporting their employees as we continue to navigate this new working environment.”

A brand-new framework for the scheme launched at the start of September 2020, with three levels of accreditation of which an organisation can work towards. Businesses that are interested in finding out more are encouraged to visit