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Friend of the Elderly introduces new tool to support staff to be happy and healthy

20 May 2022

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Friends of the Elderly, a charity which runs care homes, day care services and a grant giving service for older people living on low incomes, has introduced a new online workplace mental health platform as part of its ‘Wellbeing pledge’ to staff.

Using the Unmind platform – which includes a range of interactive digital tools that encourage and promote all aspects of mental wellbeing - the charity is empowering all its employees to proactively measure, understand and improve their mental wellbeing. The management team will also be using anonymously collected data from the platform to help make more informed decisions about the wellbeing of the charity’s workforce.

Commenting on the Unmind platform, Friends of the Elderly’s Head of Human Resources, Mathew Yates said:  

The wellbeing of our teams is our top priority. Respecting everyone’s individual needs albeit physical, emotional, mental, or occupational is essential to us. Working in the care sector and caring for others is so important as well as rewarding; however, it can also be very challenging and put a strain on a person’s mental health and wellbeing. By using the Unmind platform, our teams can easily access a wide range of proactive mental health and wellbeing exercises, courses, and tools to help and support their own, specific needs. This could be mindfulness meditations and breathing exercises, sleep melodies, storytelling, yoga or healthy recipes.

Back in 2020, the charity hosted a series of employee workshops to discover and put into action, how it could deliver better support and improve wellbeing in the workplace for each team member.

The feedback from the workshops led to the creation of the Friends of the Elderly’s ‘Wellbeing pledge’ which outlines the charity’s ethos, values, future, and ongoing plans to ensure its teams’ workplace wellbeing.

The team say that using and maximising the new Unmind platform is an additional element to the pledge and continues to reaffirm the charity’s commitment to everyone’s physical and mental wellbeing.


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