Hundreds of Lloyds Banking Group colleagues are volunteering at Mental Health UK Service Centres across the UK to raise awareness and spark conversations during Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May).
Lloyds Banking Group colleagues are taking part in practical activities to improve Service Centre facilities for people who rely on them and leading conversations with workers at the centres to discuss the importance of mental health and wellbeing.
Lloyds Banking Group’s charity partnership with Mental Health UK aims to promote awareness of the link between mental health and money problems, encourage discussion between customers and colleagues and raise at least £2million per year in offices and branches across the UK.
Mental Health Awareness Week coincides with the Group’s main national volunteering week this year, with over 3000 colleagues supporting causes which matter to them and share their skills and experiences in the community. As part of its ambition to help Britain prosper, the Group has committed to providing 2.3 million colleague volunteering hours by 2020 to support community projects. All colleagues are encouraged to spend at least eight hours per year volunteering in their local communities.
Fiona Cannon, Group Director, Responsible Business & Inclusion said, “Mental Health Awareness Week is a fantastic opportunity for our colleagues to demonstrate their support for our charity partner Mental Health UK. We know that one in four people are affected by poor mental health each year, and of these, around four million will also struggle with their financial wellbeing. We have a presence in every community and so are partnering with Mental Health UK to raise awareness and help tackle this important issue across the country. Volunteering and sharing skills in the community plays an important role in our ambition to help Britain prosper and make a difference in communities across the UK.”
Brian Dow from Mental Health UK said, “It’s fantastic to see so many Lloyds Banking Group colleagues volunteer their time at services run by the four charity members of Mental Health UK, which provide direct support to people who have mental health problems right across the UK. We are so grateful to the volunteers, because by rolling up their sleeves and helping out with things like gardening or painting during Mental Health Awareness Week, aside from the practical help, they will also be making new connections with their local communities, raising awareness of the importance of mental health support, and studies suggest that helping others is an excellent way of looking after our own mental wellbeing too.”