Walking With The Wounded is proud to partner with the national Workplace Challenge to promote Walking Home For Christmas as a key challenge to engage staff this December – giving them an opportunity to log their miles while also supporting vulnerable veterans.
Healthier and more active workplaces have been proven to be happier and more productive workforces. Research suggests that exercise can reduce absenteeism by 23.5% and staff turnover can be reduced by 16% (BUPA, 2015).
The Workplace Challenge is run by a network of 45 County Sport Partnerships to provide support, guidance and opportunities for workplaces to engage in sport and physical activity.
The initiative can track “active travel” by recording how much C02 users save by not driving to meetings or the office etc and enable colleagues to find challenges such as Walking Home For Christmas to engage with and get competitive or use as team-builders.
Andrew Watson, project manager for the National Workplace Challenge, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Walking Home for Christmas and hope many workplaces will join the challenge by simply walking together and raising funds for the great work of Walking With the Wounded.
“Our evidence shows Workplace Challenge is good for business with positive impacts in relation to mental wellbeing, increased participation and reduced absenteeism. Read our flexible lunch break manifesto to find out more www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/manifesto.”
Companies who are already supporting Walking Home For Christmas this year include Irwin Mitchell, Shard Capital, Norton Rose Fulbright, Fullers and Cotswold Outdoor among many others.
How your office could get involved….
- Team outing – Walk to a dinner, Christmas party, gig or sporting fixture
- Challenge clients – Walk between offices, to a client – anywhere that gets you unique, memorable time with them
- Employee well-being – Encourage staff to ditch the tube, car or bus and try walking home
- Business development – Create an industry walk event for targets and clients old and new to engage with while highlighting your CSR commitments
- Incentivise – Get competitive and reward staff sign ups/fundraising with a draw for extra holiday, Christmas hamper or bubbles
- Corporate Covenant – Use the event to activate or spark your firm’s signature of the Armed Forces Covenant
- Get involved – Walk to the WWTW offices at Royal Hospital Chelsea for Christmas drinks with their beneficiaries on Tues 6 Dec
The event is inclusive and accessible to all abilities.
HOW TO SIGN UP
- Sign up to Workplace Challenge, create your own personal profile (don’t forget to download the mobile app too) and join the challenge at www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/challenges/WHFC
- Go to wwtw.org.uk/Christmas and register for just £10 + postage. Sign up as a walker (individuals and private groups) or as a Captain if you want to create a public walk for others to join.
- Receive your pack with a branded Santa hat, hi-vis vest and wristband.
- Take a photo with your hat on to add to your Workplace Challenge profile page
- Start raising money and logging miles, anywhere and anytime in December!
- Walk as far as is challenging for you, be it 1 mile or 100
- Could your walk raise £50? Buy more packs for others or donate £1 a person joining you on a walk
- Download a flyer to put up in your office
Got a group? Three ways to handle them
1. Sign up as an individual walker, get your pack and lead your group on a walk encouraging them to donate to your Virgin Money Giving page or collect cash. If they want an official Santa hat of their own then send them to wwtw.org.uk/Christmas.
2. Sign up as an individual and buy a pack for each member of your group – you have the option to buy up to 35 packs when you register. You can enter the names and emails of the other people or can assign their entries to yourself to manage (e.g. if it is for children or people not on email or who don’t want emails about WHFC).
3. Sign up as a Captain to get a leaders pack and create an official walk that anyone can join and that is listed on the WHFC map. You can then invite your group to sign up to WHFC and then register to join your walk. It will group all their Virgin Money Giving fundraising pages together to give you a total raised by your walk.