Hospice is a finalist in national awards

Birmingham’s John Taylor Hospice has been shortlisted for a UK Social Enterprise Awards.

The awards recognise leading social enterprises across the country in a number of different fields. John Taylor Hospice has been chosen as a finalist in the Employee Engagement category in recognition of its work to promote the wellbeing of its staff.

The hospice has committed to the West Midlands Combined Authority Thrive at Work programme which aims to promote wellbeing in the workplace.

This has seen the hospice hold monthly health promotion events including Mental Health Awareness Month in which staff shared blogs around their own experiences and Cycle to Work Month in which the hospice has signed up to Cyclescheme which offers incentives to encourage cycling. Other campaigns have included sun awareness, no smoking, men’s health, fitness and Time to Talk.

The hospice has also signed the MIND Time to Change pledge, committing it to supporting staff’s mental health wellbeing, and signed up to UNISON’s End Violence at Work Charter.

And it has launched a series of wellbeing activities including a lunchtime walk, cycling groups and a book group.

The UK Social Enterprise Awards recognise the nation’s most pioneering social enterprises. John Taylor Hospice will be joining other finalists at the prestigious awards ceremony held at London’s iconic Guildhall on 4 December.

Hospice CEO Penny Venables said: “We are delighted the work undertaken for our staff wellbeing has been recognised by these national awards. So many of our staff have really embraced this initiative, having so many brilliant ideas and leading on the individual health campaigns.

“Our staff have always been totally dedicated to caring for other people but it’s also important that we remember that we need to care for each other and ourselves. Our Thrive at Work programme has helped to make all staff more aware of their own wellbeing and that of their colleagues.”

Commenting on the Awards, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK Peter Holbrook said: “Every year the standards of applications for the UK Social Enterprise Awards gets higher and higher. At a time when public confidence in business is at a low and when we are facing crises both political and environmental – this year’s shortlist shows how business can be used to build a better world.”

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What our patients think

“I’d have really struggled without them”

“They’ve been ever so good to me and that’s why I wanted to fundraise and do something to help just like they’ve helped me.”

Philomena Sharpe

“The impact they had will never be forgotten”

“The community nurses were so helpful and they’re lovely people. They put my mind at rest and it’s such a comfort to know you’re not on your own.”

Jackie Day

“An angel sent into my life”

“I can’t thank Angie (patient and family support worker) enough for everything she’s done for us. She’s so reliable and professional – a wonderful person. She took away all these worries and was there for me in my time of need.”

Patricia Smith-Evans

“I’ve really enjoyed it”

“The FAB Programme has helped me to get fitter and my walking is better. Everyone is really nice at the hospice, they’re friendly and they’re good company. I’d recommend it to anyone who is in a similar situation to me.”

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