Northumbrian Water has received recognition as a wellbeing ambassador in light of its long-standing commitment to, and outstanding delivery of, workplace health and wellbeing.

Following the water company's achievement of being identified as a Centre of Excellence for Wellbeing 2020-21 by the Great Place to Work Institute, it has now been awarded Ambassador Status as part of the 2020 Better Health at Work Award assessment process.


Northumbrian Water has been part of the Better Health At Work Award programme for eight years. The award, a partnership between the region's local authorities and co-ordinated by the Northern TUC, recognises the efforts of employers in the North East and Cumbria in addressing health issues within the workplace. 


This prestigious status is awarded to a select few each year and goes to those employers who demonstrate both long-term commitment and outstanding practise around workplace health and wellbeing, going above and beyond at every stage of assessment.


The company, who provide fantastic financial wellbeing support, physical health sessions that include desk yoga and Pilates and resilience building workshops for its people, has also supported annual events such as World Mental Health Day, World Kindness Day and Men's Health Week. The utility company offers great digital connectivity through its internal Living Well platform for employees.


Kay Penney, Northumbrian Water HR Director said: "This recognition demonstrates our commitment to the wellbeing of our employees, who are at the heart of everything we do and something we feel very passionate about.


"We know that this year has been particularly tough on everyone in one way or another, and social distancing has had a great impact to our mental health - and this has had an impact upon the way we all work, whether that's out in the field, in an office, or from home. Keeping our people connected digitally throughout this time - wherever they carry out their work - has been imperative in ensuring great health and wellbeing in the business."


Beth Farhat, Regional Secretary for Northern TUC said: "Northumbrian Water have delivered a fantastic award submission, reinforcing their contribution to social values. During the Covid-19 pandemic they have demonstrated how the health and wellbeing of their employees remain the highest priority within the organisation. Northumbrian Waters attitude to the ‘Whole Person' approach through their living well initiatives should be applauded, congratulations on achieving ambassador status. "


More information about the Better Health at Work Awards can be found here: