Inspiring Business by Sharing Success

Collaboration with business is a win-win for Nottinghamshire Hospice.

Collaboration with business is a win-win for Nottinghamshire Hospice.

Nottinghamshire Hospice is celebrating a one-year collaboration with a business that provides free mental health first-aider training for its staff and volunteers.

The initiative with Loates Workplace Wellbeing, a mental health first-aider training provider, supports employees in confidently having mental health conversations in the workplace. The onsite training also raises awareness of Nottinghamshire Hospice's vital work.

Since 1980, the hospice has been crucial in providing end-of-life care and support for individuals facing life-limiting illnesses within Nottinghamshire. Each year, the hospice needs £43 million to maintain operations and continue its vital care.

Hollie Anderson, Communications & Marketing Manager at Nottinghamshire Hospice, remarks,

"Working with Loates has given us a fantastic opportunity to share what we do with other organisations. Sharing our stories means more and more people know about us, are more likely to reach out for our support when they really need it and help showcase the hospice's vital work to a broader audience."

Donna Roberts, Director of People Services said:

"Training a range of employees as Mental Health First Aiders has been an essential element of wellbeing at work. It has improved opportunities for our employees to access guidance and sign-posting appropriate to their situation. Trained Mental Health First Aiders has increased the options of who to talk to within the organisation, should an employee need support with their mental health".

"The training of Mental Health First Aiders at Nottinghamshire Hospice is paramount, given the sensitive nature of our work. Equipping our team with the skills to recognise and address mental health concerns ensures we uphold the highest standard of care, fostering a compassionate and supportive environment for patients and staff alike."

Sharing her thoughts on the partnership, Annie Litchfield, Mental Health First Aid Instructor at Loates Workplace Wellbeing, commented,

"I am delighted that we were able to collaborate with Nottinghamshire Hospice. We decided to offer this programme in Nottingham following our successful partnership with Derby County Community Trust; later this year, we will launch a similar scheme in Leicestershire with Rainbows Hospice. We believe that all businesses, however small, can make a difference by partnering with charities in their community."

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