SCVS hits the Gold standard We are delighted to announce that we have just been awarded the Gold Small Workplace Health Award! Following our success last year, where we were awarded Silver, we have continued to develop our practices to ensure that staff health and wellbeing is embedded across the organisation. Healthy Working Wales is a Welsh Government scheme that offers free help and support to any business with a base in Wales. As part of their work, their awards programme provides national recognition for businesses that look after the health and wellbeing of their employees. The awards support employers across Wales to improve the health and wellbeing of their staff, engage and communicate with employees more effectively, and help to achieve a range of business and organisational outcomes. There are two award Schemes, the Corporate Health Award (available to organisations with more than 50 employees), and the Small Workplace Award (for organisations with less than 50 employees). Our Health & Well-being Partnerships Manager, Amy Meredith-Davies, led on the work towards the award at SCVS: The whole process was simple and straight forward, we found that we were already meeting a lot of the criteria for the gold level so for us it's great to have the opportunity to celebrate this and receive an award that recognises our commitment as an organisation to the health and well being of staff. We implemented changes highlighted as a result of going through the assessment process, which allowed us to put in place some simple but effective ways to support the health and well being of staff. We’ve rolled out Wellness Action Plans (developed by Mind Cymru), established an annual wellbeing survey for staff, installed cycle racks outside our offices, and organised a series of talks such as a Alcohol and drug awareness session (delivered by Public Health Wales) and more. As with the Bronze and Silver awards, we are extremely grateful for the support that we received from Rhian Parry at Public Health Wales. Rhian was always there to offer help, advice and also lots of resources that we were able to use to support some of our activities. Just because we have the Gold Award doesn't mean our work is going to stop there, we are looking forward to continuing our efforts to improve the wellbeing of staff at SCVS. We already have lots of ideas that we hope to implement over the coming few months!” For further information about the workplace award then please visit the Healthy Working Wales website by clicking here. We encourage any organisation to register their interest with Healthy Working Wales by email: [email protected] or call 02921 674966.