• Oliver Hodgson

Council staff help each other to health

Pictured are Copeland Council's Health Advocates, L-R: Claire Dunn, David Slack, Elena Davies, Sue Wickwar, Caroline Adams, Susan Blair, Maya McGrady and Peta Leigh.

COPELAND Council is striving for a happy, healthy workforce by appointing eight Health Advocates.

The volunteer members of staff are from across the organisation and will undertake various tasks to encourage colleagues to embrace a healthy lifestyle.

Their first project will be a survey among staff to see which health issues they would like to know more about.

The Health Advocates will also:

direct staff to sources of information and support,

find out what events and activities staff would like, and help deliver them, and

raise awareness of health campaigns run by outside agencies.

Councillor Gwyneth Everett, Copeland's Portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said: "As a council it's really important that we help our staff feel as healthy, both mentally and physically, as they can.

"Our staff work hard and do a great job. If we can all help each other feel as good as possible, it's a win for everyone. I'd like to thank the colleagues who have come forward and volunteered for the roles, and I look forward to some of the initiatives they'll be bringing to the workplace."

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