Working well programme is work

Published on: Friday, 17-July-2015

A Knowsley resident and employer got back on his bike after 20 years, thanks to Knowsley’s Working Well programme – a joint initiative between Knowsley Council and Knowsley Chamber which encourages businesses to offer health and wellbeing support to their employees.

John Davey, the Managing Director at Davey’s Chemist, joined the programme in 2011 and took advantage of the cycling initiatives the programme offered, and has found a new hobby too!  As a result of his new-found interest, John recently completed the 180km Ring of Kerry Cycle, along with a further 11,500 cyclists.

John said “I would never have dreamed of completing something so challenging a few years ago, but the support and advice though the Working Well programme has truly inspired me.  As well as improving my health and fitness levels, and socialising, getting on my bike has enabled me to also raise money for local charities along the way.  If you haven’t already, I would encourage businesses to find out how the Working Well programme can work for them.”

Since the scheme started in 2011, 750 businesses have been visited and 334 have signed up to the programme – that’s just over 25,000 employees across Knowsley who have benefitted from the programme.

In return for participating, local businesses get access to a whole host of support and services such as setting up a tax-free cycle purchase scheme, access to the stop-smoking service, corporate gym membership and access to Activity for Life, Knowsley’s exercise referral scheme.

To find out how Working Well can benefit your business and staff, call 0151 443 4723 or email workingwell@knowsley.gov.uk