Cornerstone, has achieved the Gold Award from Healthy Working Lives (HWL), the highest accolade available.
The team achieved the highly regarded honour after a rigorous assessment process, having previously attained the bronze and silver awards.
In achieving the Gold Award, Cornerstone was able to demonstrate ongoing commitment to improving the health, safety and wellbeing of its 1,700 employees.
To help it gain the award, Cornerstone formed a steering group with representatives from all the charity’s services throughout Scotland, with the aim of agreeing on health campaigns and planning activities to be promoted among staff.
Rosy Adams, Cornerstone’s Practice Learning manager, believes the charity has worked very hard and is deserving of the HWL Gold award.
“Being involved in HWL shows that Cornerstone takes the health and wellbeing of staff seriously,” she said. “Our aim is to enable the people we support to live a valued life and we hope that achieving the Gold status will also help to encourage staff to think about their own health and make healthy lifestyle choices.
“This is the first time Cornerstone has achieved the Gold but it is testament to the hard work of all staff who have been taking part in initiatives such as the ‘Walking Together Week’, where staff in all of Cornerstone’s offices and services were encouraged to meet up at lunch and go for a walk.
“Many individual offices have created their own health and wellbeing activities from running groups, to corporate gym memberships, reduced beauty treatments and free lifestyle checks.”
Cornerstone’s HWL Gold Award is valid until 2016, during which time the charity will have to maintain a comprehensive health, safety and wellbeing action plan.