Local businesses recognised at latest Worcestershire Works Well event

Worcestershire Works Well, the county’s health and wellbeing accreditation scheme for businesses, celebrated another successful event this month at Hogarths Stone Manor. The event provided an informative insight into women’s health and celebrated the accreditation of four local businesses.

Since Worcestershire Works Well began in 2011, 75 businesses have joined the scheme, which inspires, supports and recognises businesses for championing health and wellbeing in the workplace.

The November event focussed on Women’s Health, with speakers including Linda Cooke and Alexandra Evans from the Worcestershire Breast Haven Unit, Jane Taylor – Wellbeing Trainer, Anna Wardell-Hill from Bromsgrove District Council and Darryll Thomas from mfg Solicitors. Subjects ranged from a discussion of the female population in Worcestershire, to issues surrounding menopause, breast cancer and workplace discrimination towards pregnancy, maternity leave and transgender issues.

Four businesses received their accreditation certificates: Bromsgrove District Council, Redditch Borough Council, Fortis Living and Bright Kids – Crabbs Cross were accredited at Level One.

Alexandra Craigie, Fundraising Manager at the Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven, said:  “It was wonderful to have a chance to come and talk at the recent Worcestershire Works Well Women’s Health event about the signs of breast cancer, how to check yourself and the new Charity we have based at the Breast Unit which raises money to support those with Breast Cancer.  Raising awareness of this disease is so important, as is the understanding of ongoing support for those who are going through their Breast Cancer treatment.”

An “Outstanding Achievement“ award was also presented to recognise a business that had gone above and beyond the accreditation criteria. Southco Manufacturing sponsored the award which was won by Titania. The Award recognised the company’s lifesaving Heart Safe Campaign, which was started to raise awareness of cardiac arrests and train people from across the community to potentially save lives. Bryan Platz of Coon Rapids, Minnesota delivered the training over two days to 100 people.

Shelley Gunnell, HR Manager at Titania, commented: “To gain the sort of confidence and skills that the Heart Safe training from Bryan Platz gave us, most participants would have usually enrolled on a course at a cost to themselves or their company. Instead, they have been able to access this for free and benefit from Bryan’s first-hand experience and passion. I am sure the knowledge he passed on will stay with all of us for a very long time. We’re really pleased to be recognised for this work and hope we can use it to continue to support Heart Safe training in the Worcestershire community”.

The Phoenix Group received a Highly Commended award for their work in promoting physical activity in the workplace. During a break, attendees also enjoyed a treasure hunt around the beautiful grounds of Hogarths Stone Manor.

Worcestershire Works Well are partnering with Worcestershire Business Central on Friday 20 January to deliver a CSR event, offering businesses and organisations the opportunity to meet and develop some exciting CSR related activity. For more information, contact the WBC team on 01905 677 888 or info@business-central.co.uk.

To find out more about Worcestershire Works Well and to become accredited, please visit the Worcestershire Works Well website.



Pictured: The latest Worcestershire Works Well event took place at Hogarths Stone Manor.