Health-awareness funding put to work by nursery

Howard Nurseries recently secured £5,000 funding from the Department of Work & Pensions as part of the Health Work & Well-being Challenge Fund.

Only 17 companies in the UK secured this funding and the nursery has been using it to highlight awareness of health issues, with speakers coming in to the company to highlight awareness drives such as Diabetes Day and National Back Care Week.

They recently had a visit from the Health Ambitious Suffolk Bus, with children from the local school and residents attending the event.

Christine Howard said: "We had a total of 97 people visit the bus during the day and the staff said it was one of the most successful days they've ever had.

"The school children learnt lots of interesting health facts along with having a go on the age progression software to see what they would look like aged 72 if they smoke, drink or don't look after their skin."

She said of the funding: "I had to put a very in-depth profile together looking at how I would look to spend the money. The idea of the money is to try to give something back to the staff because we have a large percentage of our staff who are more mature in years and I'm hoping that will help us create a stronger workplace in the future."

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