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The Child Maintenance Group (CMG) at Ashdown House, Hastings has been awarded the Workplace Wellbeing Charter Award.

The Workplace Wellbeing Charter provides an opportunity for employers to demonstrate their commitment to the health and well-being of their workforce, whilst providing employers with an easy and clear guide on how to make workplaces a supportive and productive environment in which employees can flourish.

Hastings Borough Council’s Environmental Health Team carried out the assessment on behalf of Health@Work for the National Award for England; the ‘Workplace Wellbeing Charter’.

An application for the Charter Award was made by the Child Maintenance Group (CMG), part of the Department for Work and Pensions located at Ashdown House, Hastings and the council have been involved in assessing this application for the award by CMG over the last twelve months.

Cllr Judy Rogers, Mayor of Hastings explained:

“The Wellbeing Charter covers eight discrete standards: Leadership; Absence Management; Health and Safety; Alcohol and Substance Misuse; Smoking; Mental Health; Healthy Eating and Physical Activity.

“The CMG have worked very hard to achieve  the required standards in all eight categories and so have now been accredited with this prestigious award. I was very happy to present the award to them as it demonstrates their commitment to the health and wellbeing of their staff. Their investment in this way leads to a happy and healthy workforce and we actively encourage this.” 

Nik Wilson, CMG South East Region’s People Lead, added:

“We are elated to have achieved this prestigious and nationally recognised award, and to such a high level. The accreditation process was rigorous but the council’s assessors were really supportive and professional, and helped make it a really positive experience.

“Gathering the evidence revealed how much we already do and how far we have come in terms of supporting our people’s wellbeing and engagement. This is not the end of the journey though; the Charter structure also helps to point us in the right direction to focus future efforts. We are looking forward to the challenge!”

A new hub opens in St.leonards on Friday 27th March.  The new hub St.leonards Works will be a  marketplace for people to access employment and gain skills.

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St.Leonards Work will officially open at 5pm on Friday at 65 London Road. Employers and local organisations are invited to attend the formal opening and launch event.

The two year project which is funded by Hastings Borough Council, Amicus Horizon and the Department for Work and Pensions means that residents will be able to access employment, training and volunteering opportunities at the hub.

The St.leonards hub will offer the same as Hastings Works which is based in Robertson Street.

Both centres will open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm  providing skills and support for local people.