Animal charity in Southwater is first to receive Horsham council gold award

Chairman of Horsham District Council, Claire Vickers, presented Gavin Grant, the chief executive of the RSPCA, with the Gold Healthy Workplace Award
Chairman of Horsham District Council, Claire Vickers, presented Gavin Grant, the chief executive of the RSPCA, with the Gold Healthy Workplace Award
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THE Southwater branch of the RSPCA is the first recipient of Horsham District Council’s Gold Healthy Workplace Award, Horsham’s prestigious employee health and wellbeing initiative.

The Southwater based charity exceeded its previous standard of silver, attaining the award’s highest gold accolade after months of commitment and support from all sides of the organisation.

Following discussions with staff, the benefits of healthier living were soon embodied in the workplace and activities like yoga, dance and lunch time walks accompanied health workshops, health screenings and healthier options in the staff restaurant.

An improved understanding of heart disease, stress management and weight loss were just some of the benefits made available to employees, who are often found thinking of animal welfare before their own.

Sue Stafford, manager of employee wellbeing and safety at the RSPCA, said: “The RSPCA achieves its aims through its dedicated staff and volunteers.

“Looking after our people and encouraging them to look after themselves therefore supports the animal welfare cause.”

Council chairman Claire Vickers (Con, Southwater) presented the award to RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant on Thursday.

She said: “I am delighted that the RSPCA has achieved this award.

“Looking after staff and showing a genuine commitment to health and safety and staff health and wellbeing improves staff morale, increases productivity and reduces staff sickness.

“Local businesses have an important role to play in creating healthy environments and supporting their employees to make healthier choices.

“A healthy workplace is better for staff and better for businesses.”

The Horsham District Healthy Workplace Awards were launched by HDC in February 2009 as an initiative to help businesses make their workplaces healthier.

Many companies qualify for the award and the businesses receive support and information from the council.

Award winners also qualify for a discount scheme for all of the council leisure facilities.

Anyonw wanting to find out how to make a business a healthier, happier and more productive place to work cancall Horsham District Council on 01403 215419 or email publichealth.licensing@horsham.gov.uk