Waverley recognised for health promotion

WAVERLEY Housing Association has received recognition for promoting a healthy lifestyle among its staff.

The Hawick-based firm recently scooped a bronze award at a ceremony at Ettrick Riverside Business Centre.

Chief executive Margaret Ross and executive administrator Joyce Wright were the driving force behind the company’s adoption of the Healthy Working Lives programme, which was launched in Scotland to promote a healthier lifestyle to workforces.

It covers a wide range of topics including health promotion, occupational health and safety, employability, mental health and wellbeing, community involvement, and health and the environment.

Mrs Ross explained: “We put a number of things into place, introducing medical checks, special menus with fruit, walking clubs, and a slimming club called Darren’s Divas.

“We have a huge cross-section of staff, from tradesmen to people in finance, and everyone has participated in one event or another.”

The firm’s 50 employees embraced the various schemes and, says Mrs Ross, were rewarded for their open-mindedness.

“The programme helped raise staff morale and reduce sickness levels,” she said. “It encouraged teamwork as well, as staff are now mixing with other members whom they wouldn’t normally meet.

“I did some of the walking and had my blood pressure levels measured. I was okay, but some people have taken counselling to stop smoking as a result. That’s a big positive.”

After receiving the accolade on behalf of the firm, Mrs Ross said: “It’s something everyone at Waverley has earned, and I’m very proud to represent the company in receiving such an award.”