Leeds City Council’s Public Health Resource Centre (PHRC) is issuing a call to all local businesses, urging them to register for free access to valuable resources aimed at promoting good health and wellbeing among their workforce.

Situated at Technorth in Chapel Allerton, the PHRC provides guidance and a diverse array of physical resources and training modules on crucial health and wellbeing topics. These encompass mental health, physical activity, cancer prevention and support, healthy eating, financial concerns, gambling, substance abuse, and smoking cessation.

Research underscores the significance of fostering positive health and wellbeing in enhancing employee satisfaction, productivity, and retention. Companies that prioritize the wellbeing of their workforce witness substantial organizational benefits. Quality resources and guidance play a pivotal role in enabling businesses to effectively support employee wellbeing.

Membership to the PHRC is complimentary and can be secured through the official website https://www.leeds.gov.uk/phrc. It is open to individuals in Leeds with responsibilities or professional interests in public health or the promotion of health and wellbeing, including professionals in roles such as managers, human resources officers, mental health first aiders, and wellbeing champions. This initiative aims to equip businesses with the necessary tools to implement their health and wellbeing strategies.

Upon registration, members gain access to an online catalogue of resources or can visit the Technorth hub on Harrogate Road, open Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. Subscribers also have the option to receive a monthly newsletter providing updates on new resources, upcoming training opportunities, and key public health community campaigns. All information and advice endorsed by the PHRC undergo careful curation and approval by public health specialists in the city.

The PHRC, managed by Leeds City Council, stands out as one of the few local authorities in the country offering such comprehensive resources. Membership figures surpassed 2,000 at the onset of the pandemic and are now steadily increasing across various sectors in Leeds, including GPs, midwives, nurses, teachers, youth workers, support workers, volunteers, and community workers.

Leeds City Council, committed to promoting health and wellbeing as a Mindful Employer within its own workforce, boasts 850 trained mental health first aiders. The council encourages a similar approach in its partners, stakeholders, and the wider city. The current objective is to encourage as many businesses as possible to register with the PHRC.

Leeds City Council executive member for adult social care, public health and active lifestyles Councillor Salma Arif said; “We are very proud of our work as a Mindful Employer and our commitment to encouraging good health and wellbeing across Leeds remains a key priority. The Public Health Resource Centre is a fantastic asset offering a range of important information and guidance as approved by leading health professionals in the city. We would encourage all relevant professionals and businesses to sign up and make the most of this wonderful free resource.”

For additional information about the Public Health Resource Centre, please visit https://www.leeds.gov.uk/phrc.