AN accountancy firm has implemented a wellbeing programme to support its staff during lockdown and ensure a smooth return to office-based working.

Clive Owen LLP, which has offices in Darlington, Durham, and York invested in mental health training for its management team and trained an additional four volunteers as mental health fist aiders.

This enables staff across all three offices to receive appropriate support.

An app was introduced which offers a series of inclusive wellbeing challenges with activities that get people moving, talking and motivated.

They include developing healthy habits such as new fitness activities from walking to cardio, and mindfulness and meditation.

The teams have also enjoyed a programme of online events including quizzes and escape rooms and they have even been sent chocolate goody bags at home.

All staff have recently been given branded water bottles and fleeces to keep them warm and hydrated and encourage them to get out and exercise.

Caroline Bowerbank, HR and training manager said: “It (lockdown) has been very difficult for so many people in different ways, the firm has tried to keep well-being, communication and engagement going in these small ways in recognition of their ongoing support."