The BHWA is a free scheme open to all employers in the North East and Cumbria, and recognises the efforts employers make in promoting health and wellbeing to their teams.  Research has shown so far that organisations who take part in the award report improved morale, reduced time off and improved productivity!

Talking Matters Northumberlandwere really keen to make this as fun as possible and made this the key word for all of the campaigns we ran. Three campaigns were ran over the last 6 months of 2017 and these were based on what staff had asked for in a survey.

In September we learned that "Hydration Matters" and we were challenged to increase our daily fluid intake with some snazzy TMN water bottles. We also took part in the Macmillan Coffee Morning and we encouraged colleagues to bring in some healthy sweet treats, as well as the usual cakey goodness. October saw a focus on mental health and wellbeing, with information, feedback from training and signposting to e-learning. Some of the team also took part in a "pledge tree", where they shared a habit they either wanted to stop or start in order to improve their own wellbeing. In October, the message was "Posture Matters" and the team took part in "stretch o'clock" (although the daily reminders popping up in outlook got too much for some!). Some of the staff also took part in the plank challenge and improved their core strength by building on their plank or squat times every day. Again, staff were signposted to e-learning modules and at the end of the December service meeting some staff stayed back to take part in a yoga session. Check out the fab pictures below!

The team are already hard at work planning for the silver award. The first step will be another survey to find out what the team want to focus on over the year and campaigns will then be built around this. So, if you happen to visit us and we're squatting, planking, star-jumping, yoga-ing, hydrating, stretching, dancing… (the list really could go on and on!) please feel free to join in!​