News - Work Well Live Better


April 2024

ParkYoga (PY) are a charity that provide free weekly outdoor yoga sessions to get people moving and out connecting with nature. The Park Yoga season runs from May through until September, with a local yoga instructor delivering outdoor yoga sessions from 9am/9:30am – 10am/10:30am every Sunday. The sessions are gentle and at a level that everyone can access/adapt easily. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age, background, or ability. Children are welcome along with parents or carers. For more information, click the link here.

March 2024

New Occupational Health Taskforce to tackle in-work sickness and drive down inactivity

Dame Carol Black, an experienced health policy advisor, will lead a new Taskforce to improve employer awareness of the benefits of Occupational Health in the workplace. The Taskforce is part of the government’s drive to tackle in-work sicknesses and help grow the economy. Businesses will be urged to tackle in-work sickness and stop people falling out the workforce, following the appointment of Dame Carol Black as the Government’s new Occupational Health Tsar. For more information please click here.


West Mercia Women’s Aid – A Song For WMWA

As you may already know, thanks to our fabulous supporters our short documentary film, sharing the WMWA choir’s journey, has made it through to the finals of the Smiley Charity Film Awards 2024!

We couldn’t have done it without the support of each and every person who voted and are so grateful for your support.

The WMWA choir was set up to bring staff, supporters and survivors together to empower one another and tell our story..

“I didn’t have any experience of singing whatsoever. But together it’s so beautiful, to find that you’ve got your voice back again and it’s so uplifting.” (Choir Member / Survivor.)

Voting for the additional ‘People’s Choice Award’ is now open and closes at midnight next week on 12th March – we need your support to be in with a chance of winning.

Please help share our story by voting here today – thank you!

February 2024

Work Well Live Better Upcoming Events

Our next two Work Well Live Better events are coming up in February and March, more details about these events will be circulated via email, and we look forward to welcoming you very soon! Have your say on the topics for your future events by voting here.


Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccinations

NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire and Public Health are holding pop-up MMR vaccination clinics in these areas. You can ask for an MMR vaccine which does not contain pork ingredients if you prefer. The pop-up MMR clinic is free and no appointment is necessary but if you’d prefer an appointment, you can also book ahead by calling 01527 390030

Not sure if you or your child have, had it? Just check your red NHS book or ask at your local GP.

The clinics are being hosted in libraries on the following dates:

  • Kidderminster Library – 10th February , 9:30am until 4pm
  • Wythall Library – 10th February, 9:30am until 4pm
  • Redditch Library – 10th February 9:30am until 4pm
  • Evesham Library – 17 Feb, 9:30am until 4pm
  • Malvern Library – 17 Feb, 9:30 am until 4pm
  • The Hive – 17 Feb, 9:30 am until 4pm

If anyone has symptoms of measles, please stay at home and phone your GP or NHS 111 for advice. Do not go to GP surgeries or A & E departments so the illness isn’t spread to others.

For more information on measles and the MMR vaccine please visit: Measles – NHS (


Bikeability Training – Worcestershire County Council Road Safety Team

From January 2024 there are free Bikeability training sessions available for adults, starting from County Hall on Saturdays. For more information and to book, please visit Worcestershire County Council | Bikeability Cycle Training.


Resources to support working parents

Parent employees make up 43% of the UK’s workforce, which is around 13 million people. We know that working parents have several demands on their time; pressures from both work and home life. It’s critical we make organisational changes and decisions that offer parent employees the support, flexibility, and information they need to sustain a healthy work-life balance to prevent burnout. Kooth have developed a new resource to help support working parents. You can download this resource here.


Hollywood and Wythall fun run

There’s less than week to get an early bird discount for the Wythall and Hollywood Fun Run on Sunday 23 June at 10am at Wythall Park.

Sign up before midnight on Thursday 29 February a get 10% off your entrance fee for the 5K and 10K races.

Wythall and Hollywood Fun Run is welcoming to everyone, whether running is your regular hobby or if you are brand new to running and just fancy trying it.

World and Olympic medallist Steve Cram and the Events of the North team will be there on the day seeing runners over the finish line. He said:

“I’m looking forward to being there on Sunday 23 June. With a great running route on traffic-free roads, as well as activities for families and non-runners it should be a great day for Worcestershire.”

Alongside the event, the Wythall Community Association are holding a fun day with food stalls, entertainment and taster sessions of other activities on offer at the park.

Wythall Community Association have chosen the local Primrose Hospice as the official charity partner, runners who choose to fundraise for them will receive a full fundraising pack.

Runners will receive a bespoke medal designed especially for this event.

Book now at


Have your say on Air Quality in Worcestershire

As part of the programme of work for Air Quality, a survey has been launched to gather valuable insights from the community regarding air quality and air pollution.

The survey will cover various aspects of air quality including perceptions, behaviours, concerns, as well as suggestions for improvement. By actively participating, individuals can contribute to shaping future air quality policies and initiatives to help make Worcestershire air better for everyone.

To complete the survey, please visit

The survey closes on 12th May 2024.

We would like as much feedback as possible, so please do share the survey link with your colleagues and networks.

January 2024

Worcestershire County Council Public Health Suicide Prevention Team are holding a Suicide Prevention in the workplace online awareness session on Tuesday 30th January 2024 from 10:30am-12:00pm.

Aimed at businesses working across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, delivered by Worcestershire County Council Public Health Suicide Prevention Team find out how to:

  • Reduce stigma around mental health in the workplace and promote help seeking behaviour
  • Increase awareness of support available and embed suicide prevention within company culture
  • Promote the use of tools and resources to help maintain good emotional wellbeing

To register for the event, please fill in this registration form

More information about the programme can be found here:
Suicide prevention in the workplace | Worcestershire County Council


Time to Talk World Cafe Event

Join The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Wellbeing and Recovery College us 1st February 2024, 10-12.30 at the Arena, University of Worcester for a World Café event.

Our World Café event will create a safe and supportive, informal café setting for people to explore stigma – talk about ways to recognise it, re-educate ourselves about it and decide how to reduce stigma in our everyday lives.

Alongside the world café will be a marketplace of local resources and support organisations where people can gather more information, advice or help with mental health and wellbeing for themselves or others.

To Book a place use the Eventbrite Link: Time to Talk Day World Café Tickets, Thu 1 Feb 2024 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Email: for more information.

December 2024

Work Well Live Better has officially launched! Optima UK and Worcestershire County Council Public Health are excited to see the programme launched for the new year, and will be bringing you regular updates via this news page, showcasing the key highlights, hot topics and feedback from those that have joined the network.

As 2023 comes to a close, we’re very excited to announce the first of our chosen partners to Work Well Live Better, who we are really looking forward to working with in 2024 and beyond.

Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire have been established as the strategic lead for sport and physical activity across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. They are a vibrant, independent charity committed to improving the lives of people in Herefordshire & Worcestershire through the power of physical activity and sport.

Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire said, ‘We are thrilled to be a partner with Work Well Live Better from 2024. We spend a lot of our time in the workplace, and it makes perfect sense to encourage our businesses to look after their employees for great health and wellbeing. Movement and physical activity can play an active role in preventing and managing several health-related conditions, and the workplace is just another setting where we can promote the healthy behaviour of being more physically active. We look forward to working with businesses and giving them the tools to facilitate this advice to their companies and employees.’