We offer workshops on wellbeing aimed at employees in the corporate market, based on the premise that healthier, happier employees are less stressed, more productive at work, and less prone to be absent. There is nothing new or revolutionary about the concept: back in 2009, The World Economic Forum cited compelling evidence linking wellbeing to increased employee engagement and productivity. Additionally, in May this year, David Camerons happiness index revealed Londoners were the most unhappy in England; whilst 77% of GPs believe they have seen increased stress in their patients since the economic downturn began: both indicating that the need to address the problem is increasing, especially in London.
What is different in our approach is that we have launched a product which looks at employee health holistically: an inter-active one day workshop takes participants through nutrition, exercise, mental resilience and relaxation. We help participants develop their own personalised action plan, which we follow up with them afterwards. The key is in offering practical suggestions for changes that can easily be built into busy routines, yet make big improvements in health.
Employers benefit from the investment by increased productivity from their workforce, whilst employees benefit from better wellbeing, both at home and at work, so there are benefits on both sides.
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
1) Enhancing wellbeing through mindfulness
Our parent charity, Positive East, provides a wide range of services that include a holistic assessment of needs for recently diagnosed HIV people. This is then turned into an activity plan to resolve using advocacy, 1-2-1, peer support and personal counselling as well as volunteering, English language courses and other skill development.
Part of these educational courses includes mindfulness as it relates to Long Term Condition management. The objective is to turn people around who are negatively impacted either physically or emotionally by the diagnosis, in order to:
- return them to being functioning members of society and the economy
- take them from a position of crisis to independence and then sustain that independence
FourWellbeing initially and now the newer offering of Re-Mind (wellbeing through the practice of mindfulness) is the commercialisation of the pioneering work of the charity. It is an extension of the practice of assisting people for over 25 years take back control over their lives when diagnosed with a stigmatising and discriminating condition that is HIV.
2) Measures of support provided
The charity provides positive/beneficial intervention to 1,750-2,000 people a year. These people are a cross section of society, with the largest demographics currently made up of African (50%) and gay men ( 30%), but all are welcome.
It is intended to approach the health sector with our new mindfulness programme; both those working in it (medical staff) as well as the patients of the GP practices. It is hoped that we will be able to up-skill some 1,750 of both cohorts in the next few years.
3) Recent case study profiling the work and impact that Positive East
Ruby is an African woman who through assessment we identified that she was depressed, isolated, had unsettled immigration status, and had little money. We supported Ruby to access support from NASS, get a good solicitor and collate relevant documentation to gain settled immigration status.
She accessed our:
a) specialist psychology service for women who have experienced sexual trauma helping her to improve her mental health
b) support to gain hardship grants to buy a winter coat and some bed linen (as she was experiencing severe night sweats), and referral to a food bank
c) advice service who supported her to access benefits when her immigration was regularised
d) recently diagnosed course which made her more confident to self-manage her HIV
e) support group that built an independent network of friends and support and learned how to disclose her HIV status to new partners