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Donation helps JERICHO be caring employer

Mental health and wellbeing following the pandemic is the focus of a series of new workshops IM Properties is supporting for one of its Peddimore social value partners, JERICHO.

£2000 has been donated to help JERICHO ‘start the conversation’ and provide open-access sessions around what it can better do to support its team as they continue to navigate the effects of Covid-19.

Eight interactive sessions will be run, led by mental health and wellbeing professional and will be open to JERICHO’s core staff and beneficiaries including apprentices, volunteers and supported employees.

JERICHO helps create sustainable employment opportunities through social enterprises and projects to assist people in the Birmingham area and like many businesses has been particularly hit during the pandemic.

IM Properties selected JERICHO as one of four Social Value Partners to support including St Basils, Pioneer Group and Witton Lodge surrounding its new Peddimore manufacturing and logistics scheme, which is also benefitting from a £270,000 community fund, managed by Heart of England Community Foundation.

Katie Webb, deputy CEO at JERICHO said: “The Covid pandemic has affected us all and so many of us have found lockdown 3.0 the most challenging yet. As a caring employer, we have a key role to play in looking after the mental health and wellbeing of the people who work here at JERICHO, and the impact of the generous donation from IM Properties will enable us to prioritise this at a time when it has never been more important.

“The sessions, led by experts in the field, have been designed to help all attendees find balance in their lives, build resilience and better understand how mental health and wellbeing affects us all.”

Following the workshops, all attendees will be followed up individually to ensure everyone has the opportunity to feedback, discuss any issues they may have and where appropriate get access to specialist support.

Kerry Amory social value manager at IM Properties said:

“Supporting employees with their mental health and wellbeing is so important, especially during these difficult times we’ve all found ourselves in. It’s often hard to reach out for some and so providing a safe environment for staff to be able to do that is essential.”

For more information on the fund, or to apply, please visit http://www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk/peddimore-community-fund/ or call 024 7688 3297.