Council achieves Gold Award for Up & Active Workplace Health Programme

The East Lancashire Actives Lives project is a scheme funded through Lancashire County Council, providing the Up & Active Programmes including physical activity, weight management and much more. A recent drive encouraged local workplaces to also get Up & Active by delivering the Workplace Health element of the project. Many local organisations were invited to engage in the programme and Hyndburn Council were the first business to engage in this new incentive to target workplaces to become healthier.

Hyndburn Council began their journey into improving the health of their workforce in January 2018 and to date have achieved the highest award of the programme, the Gold Award. The organisation had to meet strict criteria to achieve this award and demonstrate commitment to the health and well-being of their employees. Hyndburn Council has proven good practice and raised status as an exemplar employer with a genuine interest in taking care of staff’s health in creating a working environment which supports this.

Joanne Wolfendale, Hyndburn Council’s HR Manager leads the Workplace Health Awareness Team who are responsible for a number of health activities for staff, including Fruity Mondays, Boxercise classes, a ‘Friendly Faces’ scheme and much more. She said, ‘We are delighted to be the first business to receive the Gold Standard, and we will continue to work with staff to keep them healthy in the workplace.’

Hyndburn Council Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson, said; ‘The workplace is a great place to engage people in health and we’d encourage businesses small and large to get involved with the Up and Active Team at Hyndburn Leisure’.

For information on how the Up and Active Team can help you with your Workplace Health needs, email

Photo attached: Marie Rae from Hyndburn Leisure presents Hyndburn Council HR Manager, Joanne Wolfendale and Hyndburn Council Leader Cllr Miles Parkinson with the Up & Active Gold Award.