Working Well is supported by Knowsley Council and Knowsley Chamber of Commerce. We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the Borough’s residents and workforce.
The aim of the Working Well programme is to support businesses to encourage their staff to make healthier choices in the workplace, and to ensure appropriate policies are in place to provide a healthier working environment.
Working Well is based on targeted actions around:-
- healthy eating
- physical activity
- alcohol reduction
- smoking cessation
- mental health and wellbeing
- health and safety
These actions will be promoted to all businesses in the
Through an effective working partnership between Knowsley
Council and Knowsley Chamber of Commerce the targeted action of the
Working Well programme will contribute to the long term aim of
narrowing the gap on health inequalities and reducing premature
mortality rates (with a particular focus on lifestyle related
illness such as heart disease, strokes and obesity).
Working Well Grants
Working Well can offer a grant to support healthy lifestyle
choices and/or positive mental health and wellbeing. The grants are
evaluated by an independent panel, who meet after the closing date
for applications. The panel evaluate on a number of criteria, but
these include applications that:-
- Involve staff members in planning activities / initiatives
- Supports staff to make positive changes to their lifestyle
Small grants of up to £750 per company/organisation are
available for health related proposals and activities. The
definition of SME for these purposes is 2-249 employees.
here to download the application form, or call us on 0151 477
1356 to arrange an appointment for our Working Well Officer to
visit you at your business or organisation.
A Workplace Health Initiative is one which:
- Supports healthy lifestyle choices
- Supports positive mental health and wellbeing
- Involves staff members in planning their activity
- Supports staff to make positive changes to their lifestyle
Applications that demonstrate clear elements of sustainability
once the funding has ceased will be given priority. Examples of
activities (this list is non-exhaustive and for example
Increasing physical activity
- Contribution towards installation of cycle storage racks
- Contribution towards installation of shower facilities
- Provision of onsite exercise classes
- Development of walking route maps
- Development of walking or cycling groups
Improving healthy eating
- Contribution to improving / installing kitchen equipment for
non profit use
- Funding to allow onsite training (healthy eating / cooking on a
- Support to develop outdoor growing space
- Fruit on the desk schemes
Improving mental wellbeing
- Training for staff (eg resilience or stress management
- Funding towards onsite counselling
- Support for onsite wellbeing programme (e.g. Mini massage)
"Without the opportunity for health checks
during works time provided by the Working Well programme, ailments
are commonly missed until it is too late ... it has already proved
Richmond Fellowship: "The
Working Well program has been beneficial to the Richmond
Fellowship. We were successful in obtaining the grant and have
dedicated these funds to the following: Nintendo Wii, Indian Head
Massage and fresh fruit deliveries."
Bromley Cleaning Services:
"I have noticed an improvement in our staff morale, which in
turn has increased productivity; due to Working Well. Our business
has found the scheme very beneficial, as it has helped the
workforce realise we have their best interest at heart, and they
really feel like they're being looked after. We were also
successful in obtaining the grant and have used these funds on
holistic therapies, fruit drop offs from the Veggie Van and also
swimming passes. All at Bromley Cleaning were delighted that we
were successful with the Wokring Well grant and will use it ot our
advantage, to improve our wellbeing".
Terms and Conditions
- Any application for funding must meet the definition of a
Workplace Health Initiative as outlined above.
- All companies / organisations / charities/ social enterprises
(the business) that are based in the borough of Knowsley can sign
up to the Working Well programme.
- To be eligible for the funding from the Small Grants for
Workplace Health Initiatives the business must sign and work
towards the "Working Well" (WW) programme.
- SMEs (2-249 employees) will be eligible to apply to the healthy
workforce grant scheme for a grant. Under the Working Well
Programme a single grant can typically be anything up to a maximum
of £750 in any one financial year (1
April to 31 March).
- Businesses compromising of only 1 staff member can sign up to
Working Well Programme but will not be eligible to receive funding
- The business must be compliant with law and practice in
relation to diversity and equal opportunities and demonstrate that
they have an active commitment to take account of the needs of
different groups of individuals within the organisation
- The business must acknowledge in any publicity or promotion,
that Working Well Small Grants for Health Initiatives has helped
fund activities, eg. On any printed / promotional materials,
website, Intranet, etc.
- The eligibility of businesses will be based upon the business
demonstrating that it has relevant and compliant Health and Safety
policies and insurances in place.
- The business must have Public and Employers Liability insurance
- In support of the application the business must provide
evidence of costs for the activities eg. Quotations. The business
must keep records of income and expenditure in relation to the
activities undertaken. Once expenditure has been incurred the
business must send receipts to Knowsley Chamber of Commerce.
- Large business (250 staff plus) are excluded from accessing the
healthy workplace grant scheme as it is assumed they already have
the capacity to support staff health and wellbeing. Whilst not
eligible for a grant, large businesses will be actively encouraged
to participate in Working Well, and will be supported to achieve
regional and national Working Well standards.
- Should all funding be claimed prior to the end of the
application period the funding scheme will be closed, businesses
will be advised, and no further applications will be able to be
- Grant monies will only be paid by BACS into a business bank
account (details of the Sort Code and Account number must be
provided on the application form). Monies cannot be paid into a
personal bank account.
Appointing a Workplace Health Champion is an important and
valuable way of taking forward the health and wellbeing agenda
within your company. The appointed Champion will act as a point of
contact to actively promote Working Well to the staff, and can
receive FREE training. Click
here for more information.