Oaklea Trust is helping its 400 employees with the cost of looking after their health and wellbeing by providing them with a health care cash plan as part of an ongoing commitment to reward staff and keep them fit and healthy.
The charity builds stronger communities by helping vulnerable people across the north of England live and work as independently as possible. This includes the provision of professional care at 30 supported living schemes, short breaks and activities for young people, and leisure and employment programmes for people with disabilities.
Last year its services supported 600 people, these included people with learning and physical disabilities, and young people.
Oaklea Trust has appointed Bradford-based cash plan provider Sovereign Health Care to implement their Asset cash plan, helping staff keep on top of their health care by taking preventative measures and getting treatment early.
The employer-funded cash plan allows employees to claim money back for the cost of dental and optical check-ups and treatment, physiotherapy, chiropody and much more.
Asset also gives staff access to 24-hour support and counselling via an Employee Assistance Programme, helping ease the emotional and psychological effects of providing care.
Clive Wigley, CEO of Oaklea Group, said: “Our staff are our most valuable asset, enabling us to provide essential services to help people lead independent lives. Many of our people have been with us for over 20 years and we wanted to thank them and look after their wellbeing. Everyone is extremely grateful for the investment and their experience of the cash plan has been wholly positive.
“Our charity is driven by the principle that everyone has a positive contribution to make to society and the right to control their own lives, and we chose Sovereign Health Care because it shares these values.”
Sovereign Health Care is one of the UK’s longest established providers of health care cash plans to individuals and businesses, with nearly 75,000 customers nationwide. The company operates without shareholders and any surplus is available to reinvest back into the business or award to good causes. Over the past ten years, it has donated £5.8m to charitable initiatives across its home county of Yorkshire and beyond.
Russ Piper, chief executive of Sovereign Health Care, said: “We pride ourselves on providing health and wellbeing plans that are attractive to customers and effective for employers. It is even more rewarding to support an organisation like Oaklea Trust, which has such a positive impact on local communities.
“Employee benefits are an effective way to recognise and reward employees, and we’re happy to support Oaklea Trust in keeping its people healthy and happy. It’s another way in which the charity has shown itself to be a supportive and considerate employer.”