Jump Space, the Stockport based Charity that provide specialist recreational services to disabled people, have become the smallest organisation in Greater Manchester to receive the acclaimed national Workplace Wellbeing Charter.
Established in 2008, the charity which employs 11 mainly part time employees provides trampolining, rebound therapy, and sensory play to children and young people across the whole spectrum of disability.
Jump Space operate from premises on Hardman Street. The site includes a professional standard trampoline gymnasium, customised play area and high-tech sensory room, café viewing area and back office.
Craig Edmondson, Lead Coach at Jump Space, explains why the health and wellbeing of their staff is fundamental to the organisation’s success.
"As a small team it’s really important that we keep our staff fit and healthy so they are able to perform their roles. If people are off sick we have major issues, but our attendance rates are phenomenally high. We have a very low turnover of staff and are proud that we look after our staff well here. We still have the original team that started the charity six years ago."
Organisations of all sizes can use the Charter standards. The entry level acts as a useful checklist for smaller organisations to establish the policies and procedures that it has in place and to identify any policy gaps. This benchmarking exercise was something Jump Space found of real benefit.
"It was a good way to see if there was anything we needed to do that we were not already doing. Some aspects were really straightforward for us and it was nice to be able to go see what we were doing well, but some parts were more awkward. The process tightened up our polices and we’ve added new ones we originally didn’t think we needed, so it’s helped to develop the paperwork structure of the charity which is obviously really useful."
The organisation has developed a Health and Wellbeing folder for staff, covering a range of topics such as healthy eating, physical activity, mental wellbeing and smoking cessation. The folder, which is regularly updated, provides advice, guidance and further information for both staff and managers alike.
Jump Space recognise its not just financial reward that motivates their staff but creating a supportive working environment.
"We can show we actually care about our staff. We know our staff very well and bend to suite everyone’s needs which a big business might not be able to do. Supporting our staff to lead healthier lives will help make them happier to come to work, more productive, and result in fewer sick days."
The Charter is a useful tool that can help strengthen an organisation’s reputation and brand, something Jump Space fully recognise.
"When we are applying for funding towards our activities, we can demonstrate that we value our staff and it’s not just about getting the job done. Being recognised as an employer of choice will help us stand out."
Jump Space’s accreditation process included a review of an organisation’s evidence against the Charter framework along with a site tour and interviews with a selection of employees.
"It has been nice easy process, the way it worked was simple, getting everything in order, and the assessors coming to us, made it easy to do and beneficial for our charity. Our plans now are to continue to do what we are doing, it’s an ongoing process."
About the Charter
The nationally recognised Workplace Wellbeing Charter ensures workplaces are conduc
ive to supporting good health and wellbeing. It is an evidence-based framework endorsed by Public Health England.
It has two parts:
The self-assessment checklist allows organisations to benchmark their current performance and provides a useful tool to plan their Wellbeing Strategy.
The accreditation process is a formal recognition process through which the assessor reviews and tests evidence through a site visit and employee interviews.
The Charter covers topics of Leadership, Absence Management, Health and Safety, Mental health, Smoking and Tobacco, Physical Activity, Healthy Eating and Alcohol and Substance misuse. Each topic has a commitment, achievement and excellence level.
Accreditation lasts 2 years at which point reaccreditation should be sought.
Groundwork UK was commissioned by the Greater Manchester Public Health Network (GMPHM) to co-ordinate Charter assessments across Greater Manchester.
Since the start of 2015, we have helped over accredit eight organisations, who collectively employ over 5,500 people and have provided tailored advice and information about Workplace Wellbeing Charter accreditation to over 20 organisations.
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