A Liverpool-based children’s charity, Team Oasis, has become the second small organisation to be awarded funding from British Safety Council to improve and support the wellbeing of its workforce.
Funding of up to £10,000 has been awarded to Team Oasis through British Safety Council’s Keep Thriving campaign to help it implement a programme of wellbeing activity over the coming year.
Team Oasis attended a free 3-hour workshop in December 2022 to help them and other small and medium organisations (SMEs) develop a wellbeing strategy. The workshop was delivered by experts from British Safety Council’s Being Well Together programme and, six months after attending, employers were invited to apply for funding with only the most effective and innovative proposals receiving approval.
Further awards will be made to other organisations taking part in workshops, which took place between November 2022 and March 2023.
Commenting on why the money will make a difference and how the charity will make use of it to support its staff’s wellbeing, CEO and Founder of Team Oasis Paul Nilson said: “It is an honour to receive this genuinely unique support from British Safety Council’s Keep Thriving campaign. It shows they understand just how challenging and even traumatic conditions can be for staff in a small charity like ours.
“We are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year, and our staff and volunteers often work long hours to meet the needs of the children we support. They are truly dedicated to every child, they listen carefully to them and are always looking to find solutions to any problems they may have.
“This is the first ever support we have received to improve the wellbeing of our team of leaders and volunteers, and we intend to make full use of British Safety Council’s award to support their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing – something they deserve as much as anyone else.”
Team Oasis works with vulnerable young people across south Liverpool, helping them to develop new skills, grow as individuals and delivering day-to-day support to them and their families, including free food and facilities for music, sports and dance.
Commenting on the funding award, Mike Robinson, British Safety Council Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted that, as a charity, British Safety Council is supporting small organisations in this way, and thrilled that Team Oasis is next to benefit. We know for small employers, who lack the same HR and financial resources as larger ones, even a modest amount of funding can make a big difference.
“In its application Team Oasis showed it wants to listen to the needs of its staff and is thinking about how it can use its own internal resources as well as external support to build a programme of activity that is both responsive and engaging to them.
“We look forward to working with Team Oasis as it progresses on its wellbeing journey and hearing how it gets on with implementing its plan over the coming months.”
About Keep Thriving
Keep Thriving is British Safety Council’s campaign to help improve the wellbeing of workers, within and outside of the workplace, so that all of us can thrive.
As part of eight key calls to action, the Keep Thriving campaign is asking organisations and businesses to commit to:
- Appoint an executive director responsible for wellbeing, acting as a sponsor driving change
- Actively engage employees in determining workplace wellbeing interventions that work for them
- Adopt a holistic approach to health, safety and wellbeing, focused on training people to enable prevention and avoid poor wellbeing.
For more on the campaign: https://britsafe.org/
About Team Oasis
Team Oasis works side by side the most vulnerable young people across south Liverpool, aiding each in skill-development, personal growth, team-building, and education. Since 2003, Team Oasis has committed to the neediest young people knowing that with sound guidance and early intervention towards meeting their most important childhood needs, everyone has the inherent capacity to live a complete, healthy lifestyle.
For more information, visit www.teamoasis.co.uk.
About Being Well Together
The Being Well Together Programme is one or three-years, delivered by both British Safety Council and its award-winning mental wellbeing sister charity Mates in Mind, to help them improve the wellbeing of their workforce.
It includes access to an online portal with key resources as well as a support manager and options for audit, consultancy, and training services.
More information is available here: https://www.beingwelltogether.org/
About the British Safety Council:
British Safety Council believes that no-one should be injured or made ill through their work.
Since its foundation in 1957, British Safety Council has campaigned tirelessly to protect workers from accidents, hazards and unsafe conditions, and played a decisive role in the political process that has led to the adoption of landmark safety legislation in the UK. Its members in more than 60 countries are committed to protecting and improving the wellbeing of workers, believing that a healthy and safe work environment is also good for business.
We are a registered charity (Charity No. 1097271 and OSCR No. SC037998). As part of its charitable work, British Safety Council leads health, safety and wellbeing networking forums for numerous sectors, facilitates and promotes best practice in the UK and overseas. It also offers a range of services and products, including training, qualifications, publications, audits and awards. British Safety Council works closely with organisations, charities and individuals who share its vision of ensuring that every worker goes home at the end of the day as healthy as they were when they went to work.