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May Newsletter - Portakabin sign Charter & watch that lunch break!

Posted by Richard on 22 May, 2017

New Charter Signatories

We are delighted that Portakabin have signed the Charter for Employers who Positive About Mental Health. Employing over 1,600 people in the UK, probably many of us have encountered their building and services. We are also delighted that the following organisations have also signed the Charter in the last month or so: 

Action for Family Carers  Maldon Essex

Ashford & St Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust   

Ashgate Hospicecare Chesterfield 

Aspire Community Benefit Society Ltd  Leeds

Ballycommon Services Ltd Brentford London

Cambridgeshire, Peterborough & South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind)   

Cartrefi Cymru  Cardiff

Cheshire Constabulary   

Cheshire Without Abuse  Crewe

Invictus Barristers Chambers Ltd   London

Keech Hospice Care  Luton

One Day Creative Ltd  Wetherby

Osney Media London 

People Matters (West Yorkshire)  Leeds

Stephens Scown LLP  Exeter

UCU (University & College Union) London  

Nearly 50 Charter signatories have now signed upto  MINDFUL EMPLOYER Plus meaning that over 5,000 people will be able to accessa 24/7 Staff Helpline and a Managerial Adviceline. Costing signatories just £1 per employee per year + VAT, MINDFUL EMPLOYER Plus is just one of a number of special offers and discounts for Charter signatories  

Sharing Good Practice 

Bedfordshire based Charter signatory and charity, CHUMS Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service have introduced a wide range of initiatives to ensure staff receive the best care possible so that they are able to provide the best care possible to those they support. Included within this are Buddy groups, Wellbeing survey at annual review, Diet exercise and sleep programme, Healthy recipe sharing and lunches not to be eaten at desks! Perhaps those are initiatives that your employer can take up? 

Raising Awareness 

We have seen a significant rise in the number of mental health awareness workshops we are asked  to deliver to employers all over the UK. In recent months, we have visited Delonghi Group (parent company of Braun, Kenwood, Nespresso etc), Allied Bakeries (known for Kingsmill, Allinson, Sunblest and other brands), Ocado, Dairycrest… bit of a food theme there… but also a range of private, public and voluntary sector organisations such as Hastings Direct and Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. We can provide on-site workshops for your managers and staff. 

Films & Publications 

Our website carries a range of publications to help your managers and staff including Keeping Well at Work, Making Work Work and Feeling  Stressed, Keeping Well. Why not  take a look? Lots are free to download and many employers have bought printed copies of our Line Managers Resource, Keeping Well at Work and general leaflets for their employees. And take a look at our films Working  with Anxiety and Let’s Talk – we can send the mp3 files if you want to use them on your staff intranet or e-learning sites: they are free so do get in touch. 

Social media 

Do follow us on Twitter @mindfulemployuk – we have over 1,100 followers and do join over 600 members of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER Group on LinkedIn.

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