Valerie Manor receives Horsham Healthy Workplace Award

In 2009 we were delighted to receive a Silver Healthy Workplace award from Horsham Council. When I was approached again by Paul Unsworth, Workplace Health Coordinator in 2012 I was extremely pleased to relaunch some initiatives that would assist our staff to become more healthy. We have had NHS health checks on site at Valerie Manor along with Health ‘MOT’s, we are working with Steyning Leisure Centre to get reduced membership for our staff and hope to have a bicycle store in our grounds to encourage staff to cycle to work.

We were delighted to receive our award, presented by councillor Sue Rogers and Paul Unsworth along with Chris Slator, our chef who had a health MOT, Alan who had a NHS healthcheck and Robert who cycles to work from Hassocks each shift! Please find the Horsham District Council press release below.

Horsham District Council – News Release – Date: 22 March 2013

ZOE BATES, the rightly proud owner/manager of Valerie Manor residential home, has received a new Horsham Healthy Workplace Award from Horsham District Council.

Valerie Manor employs 50 staff who care tirelessly for the 23 residents at the nursing and residential home in Upper Beeding around the clock.

The award recognises their high standards of safety and attention to the wellbeing of the staff.

Zoe said:

“We are nothing without our staff so their health and happiness is a vital ingredient of their consistently excellent performance and our reputation.

“We are a small team and have to be prepared for anything so looking after our staff means they can look after our residents extremely well even at the most difficult times.

“We have organised NHS health checks and wellbeing MOTs for our staff. We are planning improvements to our grounds to improve cycle storage and give staff and residents a boules pitch as well as a lovely quiet area.”

Cllr Sue Rogers, Horsham District Council’s Cabinet Member for a Safer and Healthier District, said:

“Zoe is an inspirational businesswoman and is a testament to the benefits a small business can get from investing just a little time in exploring the returns that a Healthy Workplace Award can bring.

“I would urge other businesses to take advantage of this award scheme.”

The Horsham Healthy Workplace Award is open to any organisation in the Horsham District and brings free help and support to build a healthy workforce and with that enable a healthy performance.

For more information about the award, contact Beverley Young at Horsham District Council by calling 01403 215277 or email or alternatively contact the Horsham District Wellbeing Service on 01403 215111