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Many employers are not sure how best to deal with wellbeing, or manage it properly - the gap between good and poor approaches is huge – so, this matters more than ever.

That’s why British Safety Council launched its Keep Thriving campaign; to help improve the wellbeing of workers, within and outside of the workplace, so that all of us can thrive.

What is Keep Thriving?

As part of eight key calls to action, the Keep Thriving campaign is asking organisations and businesses to commit to:

  • Appoint an executive director responsible for wellbeing, acting as a sponsor driving change
  • Actively engage employees in determining workplace wellbeing interventions that work for them
  • Adopt a holistic approach to health, safety and wellbeing, focused on training people to enable prevention and avoid poor wellbeing.

We have published a Keep Thriving manifesto, which sets out our aims in more detail, as well as a wellbeing positioning paper showing why better wellbeing matters. Find out how British Safety Council can help your organisation through its Being Well Together programme.

Our free Keep Thriving wellbeing strategy workshops

Since October 2022, we’ve held free workshops for SMEs employing up to 500 staff on how to develop a wellbeing strategy.

We held 20 of these online up to March 2023, and from January to May 2024 we have held six face-to face-workshops around the UK – in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff, Bristol and Edinburgh.

SMEs who took part told us what they found useful in them and what they planned to do differently afterwards.

You can hear what they said in these short videos:

Six months after having attended, all the SMEs are given the chance to apply for up to £10,000 to help them implement their wellbeing strategy. In 2023, we made five awards of £10,000 to different SME organisations around the UK.

The five funding recipients were:

  • Safe and Sound - a charity which transforms the lives of children and young people in Derbyshire affected by child exploitation. It supports children and young people at risk from all forms of exploitation, largely sexual and criminal exploitation, but including arranged marriage, trafficking, gangs and country lines. Its aim is to support at the earliest opportunity with prevention and early intervention programmes.
  • Team Oasis – a charity which works side by side the most vulnerable young people across south Liverpool, aiding each in skill-development, personal growth, team-building, and education. Since 2003, Team Oasis has committed to the neediest young people knowing that with sound guidance and early intervention towards meeting their most important childhood needs, everyone has the inherent capacity to live a complete, healthy lifestyle.
  • HandsHQ – an SME whose mission is to make health and safety accessible to an entire workforce by using the latest technology, designing a simple experience, and using plain English to create a safer work environment. It provides a risk assessment and method statement (RAMS) solution which is quick and easy to use, and keeps employees, contractors and clients safe.
  • Bolton Lads and Girls Club – a young people’s charity in Greater Manchester. Established in 1889, the charity’s mission is to enable children and young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to live healthier, happier lives. Its services include mental health services, counselling and bereavement support, family support and long-term mentoring.
  • SafeSite Facilities - a small, family-run business founded in 1999, which and has grown rapidly to become a leader in site safety and security, operating nationwide across the UK and beyond. It delivers an extensive range of products and services from domestic renovations to multi-million-pound, large-scale construction contracts. The company is committed to developing a proactive safety culture across the full range of its activities and aims to keep its workforce safe and anyone who may be affected by its works.

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Wellbeing position paper

Read our wellbeing position paper.

Keep Thriving manifesto

Read our Keep Thriving manifesto.

Practical tips for wellbeing in the workplace

Read more about how to encourage better wellbeing at work.

Wellbeing Theory of Change

Read our Wellbeing Theory of Change.