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‘Covid’s impact on my mental health was gradual; I didn’t wake up one morning and say “Oh, I don’t feel right”’

Hannah Byk is BetterPoints’ National Programme Account Manager. Here she opens up candidly and movingly about the onset of depression during the coronavirus pandemic. Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last 12 months, we can all see the impact Covid-19 has had on us all: financially (tick), lack of a social life and…
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Business leaders must prioritise employee mental health right now, says Adecco CEO

Alain Dehaze, CEO of the recruitment firm, Adecco, says managers must pay more attention to the mental health of their employees, as the Coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdowns take their toll on workforces across Europe. Back in October, the Mirror reported that 40% of British office workers feared their mental health would suffer if they…
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5-a-Day: Business-ready incentives tool to help prevent a workforce mental health crisis

Our new 5-a-Day HR tool uses BetterPoints’ pioneering behaviour change technology to help prevent a mental health crisis among staff working from home – a crisis that is forecast to last well after the virus has been brought under control. As many as 10 million people will need new or additional mental health support as…
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UK councils harness behaviour change technology to deliver on active travel commitments

The UK Government recently announced the allocations for Tranche 2 of its Emergency Active Travel Fund. An important difference from Tranche 1 is the emphasis on monitoring reports and the requirement to provide them.  BetterPoints has a track record of helping local authorities both to increase uptake of their active travel initiatives and generate detailed impact reports. At the forefront of mode-shift…
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BetterPoints transport behaviour change for Brighton & Hove

Brighton & Hove City Council has commissioned BetterPoints to help move more people away from a reliance on private motor vehicles to more active and sustainable forms of travel. The 12-month BetterPoints programme is open to all residents and employees in the city. The programme is funded by the UK Government’s Access Fund for Sustainable…
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Employee well-being and mental health addressed by BetterPoints 5-a-DAY WFH programme

A new tool from behaviour change technology experts BetterPoints aims to prevent a wellbeing crisis among staff working from home.   Almost a fifth of the UK population will need mental health support as a direct consequence of Covid-19, reported the Guardian last week. Meanwhile, the Mirror revealed that office workers fear their mental health will suffer if they have to spend…
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Climathon Sheffield – an ideathon to tackle e-waste and digital deprivation in the region

The UK is one of the biggest producers of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in the world. We consume 1.8 million electronic items every year, yet we recycle less than 20% of our e-waste. Meanwhile, over 30% of parents with school-age children report their child does not have access to an internet device for…
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BetterPoints helped Paul’s mission to stay fit after cancer diagnosis

Nothing is more motivating than hearing stories from BetterPoints users, how they started, the ups and downs and what keeps them going. Recently we heard from Paul, one of the highest achievers in our September Postcard Challenge, which rewarded virtual postcards for walking and cycling. Paul’s story is an inspiring one. It began with a…
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BetterPoints hits 10 million sustainable journeys

8 October was Clean Air Day, ‘the UK’s largest air pollution campaign’. And, as if we’d planned it, the number of active or sustainable travel journeys made by BetterPoints users had just passed 10 million. To mark Clean Air Day, we created a special medal for users of our app who walk or cycle today.…
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Cass Entrepreneurship Fund leads £800,000 Future Fund matched investment in BetterPoints

The Cass Entrepreneurship Fund has successfully completed the Government’s Future Fund £800,000 matched investment into BetterPoints. We are specialists in behavioural change technology and are facilitating a transition towards more sustainable mobility and a lower carbon footprint. We will use the funding to grow our team in order to capitalise on the momentum towards more…
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Cash boost to get more kids cycling and walking to school

As Bike to School Week kicked off yesterday (28 September), the UK government announced £2 million to get more young people and their families physically active: support to help more children cycle or walk as part of their journey to school in-school cycle repair scheme to ensure children’s bikes are fit for the road. Half…
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A lady using public transport in Norwich.

New transport funding to ‘transform’ Norwich, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire

The UK Department for Transport today published details of two lots of extra funding for local transport infrastructure. Portsmouth and South East Hampshire will receive £56 million from the Transforming Cities Fund to help overhaul local transport links in a bid to boost the local economy, open up jobs and services and give residents greater…
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