Health and wellbeing support systems
To enhance the external Employee Assistance Programmes (‘EAPs’) that are in place across C&C Group, we have introduced 55 fully certified Mental Health First Aiders. These volunteers will provide the initial help to any colleague who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem. This first aid is given until appropriate professional support is received or until the crisis resolves.
Our volunteers display the MHFA logo on their email signatures internally and externally to promote their role in the Group and with our customers and suppliers.
The role of our Mental Health First Aiders is to:
- Raise awareness of wellbeing activities and initiatives
- Challenge the stigma around mental wellbeing
- Actively listen and signpost support to colleagues
- Build trust, demonstrate compassion and respect confidentiality
- Collaborate with other First Aiders (and networks) to share best practice
- Be open and lead the charge in sharing stories about mental health
In FY2023, we are committed to training and fully certifying an additional 150 colleagues in Mental Health First Aid.
Colleagues across the Group have ongoing access to Employee Assistance and Occupational Health programmes. In addition, colleagues have 365, 24/7 access to free and confidential mental health wellbeing support programmes via external specialist providers. This mental health wellbeing support also extends to colleagues’ partners or spouses and any dependants over the age of 16 years who are still living at home.
In Ireland, in the autumn of 2021 and summer of 2022, in partnership with Health Screening Plus, we rolled out employee health screening and lifestyle assessments. Over 60% of our colleagues took part in on-site health checks.. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and in FY2023, we will roll out equivalent health and wellbeing education and support programmes across the Group.