Henderson Group, which employs almost 5,000 people across its companies and stores, recently marked World Mental Health Day with a series of initiatives which not only gave workers the tools to look after their mental wellbeing, but also raised over £5,000 – vital funds for the Group’s charity partner, Action Mental Health.
It brings the total raised for the organisation to over £27,500 since the beginning of the partnership in January.
To kick off the week, and on World Mental Health Day, the Group worked with their charity partner to provide meet and greets across its companies for co-workers to understand the resources available to them through the partnership.
Staff across headquarters in Mallusk also wore purple for the day, alongside their colleagues in Henderson Retail operated stores, with collections going towards the Group total. 15-minute de-stress massages were also available to the Main Support Office Building employees and retail teams, while two lucky winners also walked away with a Wellness Hamper packed with self-care treats.
Throughout the week, management worked with local wellness experts to create bespoke webinars for teams to log on and view live or in their own time, which included Wellness from Within by inspirational speaker and content creator, Annette Kelly, AKA, Little Penny Thoughts.
Other webinars included Sleep Well by corporate wellness service providers, Relaxa, alongside a Make the Most of Your Money session by Kith & Kin Financial Wellbeing.
The week was rounded off by a charity truck pull organised by the team at Henderson Foodservice, raising over £1,000 with bucket collections on the day, and further donations via their Crowdfunding page which currently sits at over £350. The funds will be shared between Action Mental Health and PIPS, the suicide prevention charity. The team set off from EUROSPAR Glenwell Road and finished at PIPS’ Antrim Road headquarters after a four-mile pull, completed in under 90 minutes.
Sam Davidson, Group HR Director at Henderson Group commented; “The wellbeing of our employees is the most important priority at Henderson Group, so we want to equip them with the tools that will not only benefit their wellbeing for now, but also tools for the long term – not just for a week.
“Our Wellness Week was an opportunity for our team to get together after a long two years of remote working and further understand how our partnership with Action Mental Health can also provide useful tools and information for them to avail of. It was an important week with helping raise funds for our charity partner, as well as the truck pull from Henderson Foodservice, which collected additional funds for PIPS.”
Jonathan Smyth, Head of Communications and Fundraising from Action Mental Health added; “We were delighted to work alongside our partners at Henderson Group to help mark World Mental Health Day. The theme for this year was making mental health and wellbeing a priority for all, so it is really encouraging to see one of Northern Ireland’s leading employers place such significance on looking after staff wellbeing. We are also thrilled with the fundraising efforts and the money raised will make a tremendous difference by helping to support our vital mental health services for local people.”