RSPCA champions employee welfare

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The RSPCA becomes the fifth recipient of a Healthy Workplace Award from Horsham district council.

The animal charity’s head office based in Southwater has achieved a silver award with its initiatives to create a healthier workplace for staff. It is now working towards a gold award.

Following discussions with its staff about what healthy workplace initiatives they would be interested in, the RSPCA has set up yoga sessions, a Weight Watchers group, and a dance class and have healthy options in the staff restaurant.

With the support of council, the charity has gained access to many useful resources and will be carrying out an audit of the impact of the scheme on their staff and will be moving forward with new ideas to achieve the gold award.

Sue Stafford, manager of employee wellbeing and cafety, 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.”

Councillor Brian Donnelly, chairman of Horsham district council, said: “I am so pleased that the RSPCA has embraced this worthwhile scheme. 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 business and I would urge all employers to investigate how they can make their workplace healthier and achieve a healthy workplace award.”

The Horsham District Healthy Workplace Awards were launched in February 2009 as an initiative to help businesses make their workplaces healthier places. So far five Horsham businesses, including the RSPCA, have been recognised as healthy workplaces.

The Council aims to support businesses through the Healthy Workplace Awards by providing information and support on how they are able to make their workplaces healthier and happier places to be.

For all award winners, a discount scheme is available to the businesses for all Horsham District Council leisure facilities. The council also provides information on a range of health issues from healthy eating to sexual health.

To find out how to make a business a healthier, happier and more productive place to work, please call Horsham District Council on 01403 215428 or email