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Prideaux Group Wins Wellbeing Award Supporting “Healthier Workplaces”

The Prideaux Group, a chain of three care homes based in Bexhill and Eastbourne, has earned a Commitment Award from East Sussex Council after assessing the needs of their employees and identifying an action to take forward.

The awards project helps businesses across East Sussex develop a healthier and happier workforce is celebrating its early successes.

The East Sussex County Council’s Wellbeing at Work Programme works with employers to share resources and deliver training, as well as providing an accreditation scheme, to help boost the health and wellbeing of employees.

Just months after its launch, three of the 24 workplaces who have signed up to the public health-funded programme have already been recognised for the efforts they have made in supporting their staff.

Wealden District Council became the first to achieve a bronze Wellbeing at Work Award having completed 20 criteria and built the foundations of a healthy workplace, closely followed by Crowborough-based manufacturer Servomex which was presented with the same award this month.

Ella Gallop, registered manager at Prideaux House said:

“We are thrilled to have received our commitment award for the wellbeing at work programme. The wellbeing of our staff is something we have wanted to focus on since the beginning of the covid pandemic as this has put a physical and mental strain on all of our staff.

The wellbeing at work programme has given us the opportunity to do just that. It helped us recognise where staff feel they need more support and has given them the opportunity to open up anonymously on the survey. We are excited to be working towards the bronze award and continuing to improve the wellbeing of our staff.”

Darrell Gale, Director of Public Health in East Sussex, said:
“Finding ways to boost the health and wellbeing of employees is of huge benefit to both the workforce and the organisation, and we are delighted to be able to offer a programme that supports companies to achieve this.

“Investing in employee wellbeing can improve morale, motivation and productivity, reduce absences, staff turnover and the costs associated with recruitment.”

He added: “The Wellbeing at Work Programme has been developed to take into account unique characteristics of East Sussex and its specific needs and I’m delighted that, despite being a fairly new initiative, it is already making a positive impact in our county.”

To achieve awards, companies must complete a number of criteria that introduce policies and initiatives and embeds practices that promote and support health and wellbeing.

“Bert is a treasure trove of wisdom when it comes to gardening, and it was wonderful to hear him share his knowledge as we went round the Botanic Garden. His passion puts a smile on the face of everyone at the care home and we are excited to enjoy a summer of sunshine together.”