An important priority for the council is to ensure our employees feel fit to come to work.
As an employer we are continually reviewing and introducing new initiatives
to enable employees to maintain good health and well-being.
An important priority for the council is to ensure our employees feel fit to come to work. As an employer we are continually reviewing and introducing new initiatives to enable employees to maintain good health and well-being.
A Better Medway – offers a host of information about how to take the best care of yourself and support your wellbeing. There are also links to various schemes and initiatives that you may wish to take advantage of. Please visit https://www.medway.gov.uk/homepage/48/a_better_medway
Eye care voucher scheme – Medway offers a full eye examination by a qualified practitioner at Specsavers for all staff who spend considerable time using display screen equipment.
Private Health Care – Medway offers staff the opportunity to join Benenden Health for a small fee each month. Beneden complements the work of the NHS by offering speedy access to private healthcare. Membership includes access to medical experts through 24/7 helplines for any concerns about physical or mental health.
Occupational Health Service – access to an Occupational Health Nurse/Doctor, following a referral, to support health and wellbeing at work.
Care First counselling service – a confidential service for information, advice or counselling – available free of charge. Care first is available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
Online resources are also available including information, advice and articles on issues affecting home, work and health.
CSSC Sports and Leisure – provides a huge range of sports, leisure, health and retail offers. Membership is available for public sector workers at a minimal monthly cost.
We're committed to providing time and places for colleagues from similar backgrounds to meet, network and discuss the issues that matter to them.
Our forums and networks include:
Time to Change is led by mental health charities Mind and Rethink, and is a growing social movement to change the way we think and act about mental health. Earlier this year, Medway Council established a new Time to Change employee group, with representatives from Public Health, Internal Communications, HR and Social Care. As part of Medway’s Time to Change Employer Pledge we have recruited Employee Wellbeing Champions to help support others at work and raise awareness of mental health in the workplace.
The Medway Council Disabled Workers and Carers Network (DWCN) is made up of employees who have a disability, impairment or long-term limiting illness, health condition or are a carer of a person with a disability, impairment etc. If this applies to you, you are very welcome to join the DWCN.
We recognise that not all disabilities are visible. Invisible disability refers to symptoms such as debilitating pain, fatigue, dizziness, cognitive dysfunctions, brain injuries, learning differences and mental health disorders as well as hearing and vision impairments. These are not always obvious to the onlooker but can sometimes or always limit daily activities and range from mild challenges to severe limitations and vary from person to person.
The forum supports all of its members and acts as a consultation body on council policies and training issues.
The Medway Council Black Workers Forum (BWF) is a group of professionals from across the council, who meet regularly to network, share experiences, consult on policies, encourage, support each other and provide expert advice on a range of equality issues.
The LGBT forum supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender staff, straight allies and those questioning their sexuality. This includes challenging homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexualism or any associated negative attitudes and behaviour.
The forum aims to: