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Health and wellbeing

 

Here at Achieving for Children, we really do think about our wellbeing. And any employee that comes to your organisation, we have a genuine interest in what wellbeing looks like.

We think about three key areas: emotional health of our staff, physical health of our staff, and the social aspects of our staff. So for example, when we look at a desk here, we think about how best that’s going to suit you, so we do a work desk assessment.

We recognise that when you work for us, there’s going to be a lot of sitting down at times, so we always encourage you to try and stand up, to walk around and think about your own wellbeing.

You’ll be encouraged by your colleagues, you’ll be encouraged by your managers to really think about that, because when you’re healthy, you deliver more effectively for us, and we will support you more effectively.

Here at Achieving for Children, we’re proud to say our colleagues get a range of activities available for them. Lunchtime sessions, for example, may include yoga or Pilates. We also have massage days for our colleagues, where they can book in some five minute, 10 minute slots.

We also do team events, so our colleagues can get involved in active activities, and compete against each other, have a little bit of fun.

Then we talk about our Wellbeing Days, for colleagues to come long, meet with health professionals, and think about their wellbeing in general, at home and at work. And that might include BMI checks, that might include physical activities.

At the end of the day, colleagues have been the ones that have really shaped this programme, and will continue to do so in the future.

We care about our workforce

We care about our workforce and work hard to ensure all of our employees are aware of the support packages. We prioritise a healthy work-life approach, helping you to balance the things that are important to you outside work, as well as finding work satisfying.

We offer wellbeing events, flexible working arrangements, enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave schemes, and continued training and development opportunities to promote a healthy workforce.

Mental health support

Mental health is a continuum and we all have struggles at different times. Our commitment at AfC is to support people and to maintain an environment where we can talk openly about mental health, and where nobody is judged for taking steps to manage their wellbeing.

There are a few practical things we have available:

  • We encourage people who need it to take advantage of the ‘wellbeing hour’ to recharge your batteries
  • Wellbeing perks offered through the wellness at work hub, such as desk yoga, mediation or the lunchtime doctor
  • We have developed a mental health training programme, and encourage people to create a personalised Wellness Action Plan if they think it’s helpful. Wellness plans are developed with line managers, looking at supportive factors, what has benefited the individual’s wellbeing in the past and how to recognise when support might be needed.
  • We have invested in an employee assistance programme providing 24/7 telephone counselling, advice and information service Care First. Once you have started you will be able to access the Wellbeing Portal and be able to gain access to health and wellbeing tools, and can also book confidential therapy sessions with accredited therapists and counsellors.