Prioritise the Health and Wellbeing of your employees in 2016!

Sunderland Workplace Health Alliance first birthday

The Sunderland Workplace Health Alliance celebrated its first birthday last month, at a breakfast event held at Washington Business Centre. The Alliance, administered by Amacus, is a partnership between local businesses, Sunderland City Council and the NHS; and is funded by Public Health, Sunderland City Council.

Opened by Cllr Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council, the event recognised the efforts local employers have made in helping their employees to make better lifestyle choices. Almost 50 people attended to celebrate the achievements of the Alliance, enjoying a healthy breakfast and networking with workplace health services such as Sunderland Carers, Live Life Well and Tyne and Wear Sport.

Ralph Saelzer, MD at Liebherr Sunderland Works and Chair of the Alliance said “Having healthy staff is of paramount importance for the success of a business; and the needs of an aging workforce is important to address in the current climate”

Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Watson added:  “Working with our local businesses, we want to help support a healthier workplace. Encouraging and supporting employers to promote the health of employees can reduce sickness absence, improve morale, along with increasing productivity and performance. Workplace health activities therefore make good economic sense.”

The Alliance meets on a quarterly basis with attendees sharing best practice, ideas and information and supporting each other to achieve a healthier workforce.

Companies that have pledged their support for the Alliance include: Sainsbury’s, Gentoo, Grundfos Manufacturing, and Berghaus.

To find out more about the Sunderland Workplace Health Alliance and how you can support the health and wellbeing of your employees contact Janet Cummings, Workplace Health Coordinator on or 01429 890071