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Aquamarine Power takes silver!

10 Mar 11 - Linsey Morrice, Human Resources Assistant

Members of the Aquamarine Power team

We are over the moon to have been successfully awarded the Silver Award standard by the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives.    Since achieving our Bronze Award in November 2009 we have gone from strength to strength and this award is a key milestone for us in recognising the contribution everyone within our team has made. 

Developing a healthy working lives policy framework

The Healthy Working Lives Silver programme has provided us with a framework for developing wellbeing and mental health; policy development, supporting staff attendance, raising awareness of mental health and actively encouraging wellbeing through healthy eating and physical activity.  

Our Environmental and Wellbeing Group harnesses innovative and creative ideas from all departments and our offices in Edinburgh, Orkney and Belfast and we have a culture of shared ownership of activities and initiatives.   

Looking after our wellbeing

There are plenty of interesting things we have done in the last 18 months! Lynsey and Orla head up our fortnightly walking lunch clubs which are becoming a tradition and usually see around 20 Aquamariners out every other Friday - look out for us around Edinburgh! I organised our Wellbeing Awareness Week with tips of the day and an in-house complementary massage therapist to help everyone chill out without having to go far! 

We also took part in Pedal for Scotland in September 2010 raising £2200 for charity and Charlotte is our running club organiser having rallied the troops for numerous British Heart Foundation Runs. 

Doing our bit for the environment

To contribute to the environment we have taken part in a number of Beach Cleans in Edinburgh and one in Orkney and two of our graduates spent time in local primary schools in Orkney.  I ensure all geographies stay healthy with fruit deliveries from local farms while Joe ensures we achieve a balance with a rota for Bring Cake on a Friday!

Everyone in our company works extremely hard and contributes a massive amount, and I think this award demonstrates our commitment to nurturing our staff and is an important tool in retaining and attracting employees to the business.