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Published: January 24, 2022 | Updated: January 24, 2022

LiveWell@Work online wellbeing programme is launched to help employers support their staff

By Andrew Diprose, editor

LiveWell Dorset has launched a new online wellbeing programme to help employers support staff whose physical and mental health has been impacted by the pandemic.

LiveWell@Work offers businesses across Dorset access to resources including:

  • Easy-to-share intranet, email and social content
  • Virtual employee support and training opportunities
  • Flexible training options for staff based at home or facing a future of hybrid working

Polly Durrant, pictured left, Private Sector Training & Engagement Officer, said: “We can offer access to coaching in behaviour change, and a range of options that support staff to make lifestyle changes that benefit physical health and wellbeing at work.

“We want to make our fully-accredited training courses as affordable and accessible as possible, and until now that has only been the case for the public sector.

“Opening up our offer feels like the next logical step and, for just £5 per employee per annum, we are able to provide businesses with so much more than just the training.

“Our modules and resources are designed to help organisations support their employees make simple lifestyle changes that will kickstart healthy habits for life.”

The LiveWell@Work AWP includes:

  • Health and wellbeing audit & staff survey
  • Access to book individual seats on all its open-course training modules. This means an organisation won’t have to book blocks of time for large groups of employees
  • Virtual health MOTs (20 minute 1-2-1 confidential lifestyle assessment session)
  • Quarterly newsletter
  • Staff survey follow-ups at six and 12 months
  • Invitation to bi-monthly workplace wellbeing webinars

The Royal Society for Public Health has given the new courses a glowing endorsement.

It said: “We have been impressed by their quality.

“It is good to see that there is a high degree of trainee participation throughout each of the sessions.

“The virtual classroom digital sessions include group sessions in breakout rooms as well as individual contributions and group discussions.

“The delegates are encouraged to contribute and learn from each other – this is an element which is sometimes missing from virtual classroom courses.”

LiveWell Dorset is a public health service, funded by local councils, and supporting the health and wellbeing of residents in Dorset.

It has been supporting businesses throughout the pandemic, hosting topical webinars and continuing to roll-out stress-management courses virtually.

Liz Rodgers,  Leadership Development Manager, Brittany Ferries, said: “LiveWell’s expertise and experience have made an invaluable contribution to our work supporting colleagues personal wellbeing during the pandemic.

“The LiveWell zoom sessions have been relevant and timely and I’ve welcomed the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with a network of peers from a cross-section of businesses in the area.”

To find out more about the LiveWell offer, a free interactive PDF Welcome Pack is available to download by clicking here.

Polly can be contacted at Polly.Durrant@LiveWellDorset.co.uk for more information.