A college in Walthamstow has been recognised in national awards for its commitment to workplace wellbeing.

Waltham Forest College received the Bronze Award in Mind’s eighth annual Workplace Wellbeing Index, for its commitment to achieving change in the workplace.

Mind's index offers a benchmark of best policy and practice in promoting and supporting positive mental health within the workplace.

This year, the charity surveyed almost 19,000 employees from 55 businesses participating in the index.

These are both returning organisations who have put in place wellbeing initiatives, and first-time entries beginning their journey to improve employee wellbeing.

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Melanie Price, director of human resources and organisation development at Waltham Forest College, said: "We are delighted to have been awarded the Bronze Award in Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Awards.

"This recognition underscores our commitment to fostering a supportive and nurturing environment that prioritises mental health and wellbeing.

"This is just the start of the journey for us, and we look forward to working with our staff to continue championing mental wellness."

The award recognised the college's commitment to employee wellbeing, demonstrating a range of best practices and policies to support employees' mental and physical health.

The college offers flexible working hours and hybrid working options to its staff, helping to maintain a work-life balance.

It also provides comprehensive mental health support, including counselling services, regular wellbeing workshops, and specific days set aside for wellbeing.

The supportive culture is further highlighted by ongoing diversity and inclusion initiatives and committees.

Andrew Vale, director of commercial income at Mind, said: "We’re thrilled to celebrate organisations like Waltham Forest College who have demonstrated to their staff that they value and support their wellbeing as a priority.

"Good mental health is vitally important in the workplace.

"We spend a huge amount of time at work, and it can - and does - have an impact on our mental health.

"That’s why the commitment that Waltham Forest College have made to their employees is really significant in ensuring people can get the mental health support they might need."

Mr Vale added: "Our Workplace Wellbeing Index continues to be the gold standard for mental health and wellbeing best practice in the workplace.

"This year’s index took place against ongoing challenges, with political uncertainty at a high and legislative changes on the horizon.

"With this in mind, it’s important we continue to prioritise the mental health and wellbeing support we offer at work."