Staff are celebrating after Chorley Council became one of only a few councils in the North West to be awarded the Workplace Wellbeing Charter.
The Charter is in recognition for providing a healthy working environment and is a national award given to organisations that are committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of their employees.
The charter is run by Health@Work, which is an independent charity that looks to work with organisations to help create healthier, happier workforces.
The council worked with UNISON to achieve the award and was assessed in eight areas, gaining an excellent or achievement rating in all. The assessment process involved examining the authority’s initiatives and speaking to staff to determine the impact. Kevin Yip from Health@Work, said: “The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is a nationally recognised award given to organisations that are committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of their employees.
“In order to achieve this, an organisation has to evidence that it has reached a set number of standards and this is apparent throughout the organisation.
Chorley Council showed that their commitment to the wellbeing of their employees stems from the very top, starting with the chief executive and this is cascaded throughout the organisation.”
Councillor Peter Wilson, who is responsible for staff and resources at Chorley Council, said: “Investing in staff is really important for any organisation and the council has implemented a number of health and wellbeing initiatives such as a running club, a healthcare cash plan, health checks and offering advice and support on quitting smoking, healthy eating and mental health.”