While many view the lifting of the last remaining Covid-19 restrictions as the beginning of the end of the pandemic, there’s no denying it has left an indelible mark on all of our wellbeing.
There is the developing situation in Ukraine, the rising cost of living and the climate emergency which also mean that even if our own lives are relatively problem free, there’s lots affecting all of us – both physically and mentally.
Our lead advocate for Better Health at Work, Laura McGrath explains: “We’ve been part of the award scheme for almost a decade, but last year, with all its particular challenges, we set ourselves the target of achieving ambassador status, so we can do even more good work to improve people’s health at work, not only at Quorum Park but across the North East and Cumbria.”
With only a handful of organisations being made ambassadors each year, the team, which was nominated for the accolade by Maureen Turner, Health Improvement Specialist at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, is now looking forward to offering mentoring to other regional employers eager to improve their wellbeing provision, as well as representing Quorum Park at best practice sharing events across the region.
Some of the initiatives taking place across the park that have gained recognition from Better Health at Work for their positive effect on our community’s wellbeing include: our work to keep the park smoke free, multi-modal commuting options such as car sharing through the Kinto Join App , annual cycle challenges and Nordic walking sessions, free classes and giveaways, including our recent wildflower seed pop-up to encourage people to get out in nature, and the chance to come together through volunteering opportunities.
In her nomination, Maureen said: “It is evident that The Hub at Quorum Park and its lead advocate are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of their own staff and that of the wider business park.
“Laura is passionate about her role and often goes that extra mile to promote the good work they undertake, and to support other Better Health at Work Award businesses. She is an asset to the programme.”
We’re always keen to hear ideas from any members of our community that may help us support good workforce health and wellness across the park too. We can’t thank people enough for helping us to introduce and spread the word about so many good things over the last nine years of our involvement in Better Health at Work. And long may it continue!
Contact us to put forward any thoughts on how we could be more proactive in supporting the health of our collective workforce and ensure our working environment encourages positive and healthy choices on 0191 500 7787, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.