Housing group praised for healthy efforts

TITLE PRIDE: Anna Lynch, director of public health for County Durham, centre, presents the BHAW Continuing Excellence Award to Rachel Taylor, EDH's director of human resources and finance and EDH's safety adviser Geoff Parker.
TITLE PRIDE: Anna Lynch, director of public health for County Durham, centre, presents the BHAW Continuing Excellence Award to Rachel Taylor, EDH's director of human resources and finance and EDH's safety adviser Geoff Parker.
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A HOUSING group has done the double after collecting awards for its work to help its staff and tenants live a healthier life.

East Durham Homes (EDH) was presented with its titles at a ceremony hosted by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, which set up the North East Better Health at Work (BHAW) Award to give recognition to workplaces for their efforts.

The Peterlee-based housing provider passed the continuing excellence level after building on the Gold Award it won last year.

It also won a Reaching the Community award for the work it does to promote healthy living to its tenants.

It follows a host of projects including awareness and promotion sessions, health “MoTs”, the launch of a walking group, pamper days, gym membership discounts for staff and customers, and partnering with a company to provide a weekly fruit and vegetable stall for staff.

Geoff Parker, EDH’s health and safety adviser, said: “I’m delighted we’ve won these awards both in terms of what we’ve put in place for staff and for customers. There’s a real buy-in from staff at all levels to promote better health, and it’s great we’ve received recognition for this.”

Paul Mains, EDH’s interim chief executive, added: “It’s key that we help keep our staff fit and well so we can maintain a high level of service delivery to customers.

“Statistically, East Durham has an extremely poor health profile and so it’s paramount that as a housing provider we are trying to help tackle this.”