Health Advocate of the Year Award Winners 2022


County Durham: Karen Stewart, St Cuthbert's Hospice

Cumbria: Marie Crabb, Carlisle City Council

Newcastle: Joanne Elliot, Newcastle City Council

Newcastle: Sisko Broadey, Claremont

North Tyneside: Suzanne Enguita, Age UK North Tyneside

Northumberland: Sarah Ballance, Citizens Advice Northumberland

Redcar and Cleveland: Joanne Morten, Beyond Housing

South Tyneside: Maureen McMillin, St Joseph's RC Primary School

Stockton: Emma Short, SUEZ TeesValley

Sunderland: Kay Wiseman, Northern Housing Consortium


Special Recognition Award Winners 2022

County Durham: Advance Learning Partnership

Cumbria: Jan Reid, Nestle Dalston

Gateshead: Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust 

Hartlepool: Stagecoach North East - Hartlepool

Middlesbrough: Ceri Holness, UCFS DWP Middlesbrough 

Newcastle: Dawn Craggs, Karbon Homes

North Tyneside: Monkseaton High School

Northumberland: SEND to Learn

Primary Care: Summer Gilhesby and Jolanta Bartos, Benfield Park Medical Group

Primary Care: Lindsay Clode & Jane Harvey, Tees LPC

Redcar and Cleveland: Beyond Housing

South Tyneside: Sara Whittaker, Hitachi Construction Machinery UK

Stockton: Laura Moon, Education Training Collective

Sunderland: END. People Team

Sunderland: ScS

We chose to participate in the award programme as it is providing us with a structured and planned schedule of events and initiatives that supports our overarching health and wellbeing strategy and objectives. It is a key strand to use providing a holistic approach to our employees’ health and wellbeing.

The award programme has provided us with key benefits including pointers in data gathering, event planning and networking opportunities. The monthly health advocate meetings are invaluable in providing information on what local support is available to enable us to build up our calendar of events and provide relevant and engaging content to our employees on a variety of health topics.

We are excited to be part of this programme and look forward to progressing through the differing levels to provide real benefit to our workforce. This will ensure we continue to put health at the heart of Hitachi.

- Hitachi Construction Machinery Ltd, Bronze

We started the award in 2020 as we were keen to help improve the wellbeing of our employees, particularly post covid. One of our values is putting people first, and we felt like this was a step in the right direction to achieve this.

We now have a team of 10 passionate health advocates to help improve the wellbeing in the office. It’s a great feeling when the office looks forward to the health campaigns and want to be involved. It feels as though the work we’re doing is benefiting our employees.

- Tritility Business Energy Consultants, Sunderland

We joined the scheme to help us improve the health & wellbeing of our workforce not only at work but also at home.  The campaigns and areas that we cover are varied and we try to include the workforces family and friends wherever possible.

The award is very well structured there is lots of information on the BHAWA website and we have lots of help at support.  It has ensured that our organisations' Health & Wellbeing agenda is structured and well thought out.

- North East & North Cumbria ICB , North Tyneside

We wanted to give an equal focus on the health of our staff as well as the safety and we have seen a massive improvement in staff’s wellbeing because of our work with the award.

It has helped us formalise our Health & Wellbeing Strategy and we now have a clear plan, with clear key campaigns identified by our staff to focus on.  The information and guidance available online and the support available and networking opportunities is fantastic.

- Age UK North Tyneside, Maintaining Excellence

As we work in an office, we wanted to take part in the award to help our staff become more healthy and to live a healthier lifestyle, with the hope that it would improve staff morale and productivity.

We’ve received fantastic feedback from staff about how much they’re enjoying the campaigns we are running for the award and noticed that staff are more motivated and there’s a positive atmosphere in the office. We are also enjoying being creative with our campaigns, learning more information about health and wellbeing!

- TyneRede Accountancy Ltd, Northumberland

A healthy workforce is a happy workforce.  Grundfos puts its people first and we want to ensure all of our employees are healthy and well which is why the award is an ideal opportunity to drive this ambition and show the recognition for this drive to the workforce, our customers and the general public.

The award has provided a perfect driver for our health and wellbeing campaigns and ensures we are always kept on the right track and up to date with the latest strategies and wider community initiatives.  The award website provides lots of extremely useful resource material to support our campaigns.

- Grundfos manufacturing, Sunderland
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