We’re delighted that two animal-focussed employers, Longleat Enterprises, whose businesses include Longleat Safari Park and Cheddar Gorge, and the Jersey-based, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust have recently signed the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health.
Sometimes it’s animals who look after the people too: as is the case with long-standing MINDFUL EMPLOYER, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service with new recruit Digby, the therapy dog for firefighters.
We also welcome Zurich Insurance who employ 5,000 staff here in the UK as a new Charter signatory and the following employers who have also chosen to make this commitment in the last month or so:
Aspect Contracts Ltd Basildon
BPA Quality Exeter
Coastal West Sussex Mind
F H Harvey & Sons (Decorators) Ltd Henley in Arden
Forms Plus Limited Helston Cornwall
Hightown Housing Association Hemel Hempstead
HR Services Bristol
JOIN Cares Ltd Burton On Trent
Mind Restormel Association for Mental Health Bodmin
My Personal Enablement Support Partnership CIC Eastbourne
Outsource UK Swindon
Quo Vadis Trust London
Synergy Automotive Limited Harrogate
The Cashroom Livingston West Lothian
Vista Training Solutions London
Warrington Housing Association
Wolferstans Solicitors Plymouth
Young Minds Matter Ltd London
For more information about this voluntary and tangible way of providing support to your staff, please visit the Charter pages on our website.
Charter signatories can also access MINDFUL EMPLOYER Plus offering telephone helplines for staff and managers and receive discounts on our on-site mental health awareness workshops and publications. The Charter is available to any employer, any size or sector – but you can also contact us or make use of our training, publications and other support without being a signatory.
Sharing Good Practice
As well as the media coverage of Digby, the therapy dog, some of our other local Charter signatories have been getting some excellent media coverage for their excellent good practice. Exeter-based BPAQuality have put in place a new staff support group as part of their approach to promoting mental wellbeing which also gained TV coverage. And Optix Solutions, also based in Exeter, have created a blog and a vlog to discuss where they’ve got to with being a Charter signatory and how they’ve implemented more mindful practices in their workplace.
MINDFUL EMPLOYER Patrons
October sees the 14th anniversary of the Launch of MINDFUL EMPLOYER and in next month’s newsletter we’ll be announcing who has kindly agreed to act as a Patron for the initiative.
MINDFUL EMPLOYER in Switzerland
For the third year running, MINDFUL EMPLOYER is delighted to have been invited to speak at the Annual Disability Matters Europe Conference. Attended by business professionals from across the continent, this year’s event is being held near Zurich in Switzerland from 5-7 November and we’ll be contributing to a special session on mental wellbeing together with award-winning film director, choreographer and mental health advocate Greg Van Borssum.