Small business grants available to promote employee wellbeing

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  • Small business grants are available for Lisburn Castlereagh businesses to provide a workplace health and wellbeing initiative for their staff. 

    This financial support will be provided through the Invest in Health Profit in Business programme, which is a joint initiative by the Public Health Agency and Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

    Alderman Allan Ewart MBE, Chairman of the Council’s Development Committee, speaking about the grants, said: “I am delighted that the Public Health Agency has partnered with us once again for the opportunity for local businesses to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees.

    “Employee illness, low job satisfaction and high turnover lead to low productivity and in turn often lower profits.  It is important to remember that improving morale and health does not have to cost a fortune and what better way to start than to apply for one of the Invest in Health profit in Business Small Business Grants.  Keep your staff and your profit margin healthy!”

    The criteria for funding are:

    • Any suitable initiative should provide an opportunity for employees to make healthy choices and introduce lifestyle improvements such as healthy eating or exercise.
    • Initiatives should be easily sustained by the individual or employer on completion of the initial grant funded initiative.
    • Applicants shall agree to complete an initial assessment questionnaire and an evaluation on completion of the initiative. 

    Barbara Porter, Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Manager from the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) Belfast and South Eastern Team commented:  “The grant scheme is part of the Investing in Health, Profit in Business programme (a joint initiative between Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and the Public Health Agency) and is open to any business or employer within the council area who wish to implement healthy workplace initiatives.

    “The Public Health Agency sees this grant opportunity as a way to support small businesses to assist their staff to make small changes towards a healthier and more active life and perhaps introduce them to something new like learning to swim or cycling to work.  This scheme will enable businesses who have identified a need and interest within their workforce to help implement key actions which will assist their staff pursue a healthier lifestyle.” 

    To request an application pack for a small business grant please contact Emma Donaghy on 028 9250 7389 or email:emma.donaghy@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

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