Advocacy Focus awarded ‘Top Employer’ in Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index 2021/22

We are proud to announce that Advocacy Focus has been awarded Top Employer, out of the 119 organisations that took part in Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index.

We have also been awarded Gold in Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Awards for the third year running! The Index is a benchmark of best policy and practice in workplace wellbeing and celebrates the good work employers are doing to promote positive mental health.

A Gold award means we have successfully embedded mental health into policies and practices, utilising a variety of best practice approaches and have demonstrated a long-term, in-depth commitment to our team’s mental health. Some examples of the things we have done are; created a wellbeing room for people to relax and take time out in a safe space, offered a wellbeing hour where staff are encouraged to take some paid time away from work to focus on self-care, and organised activities such as wellbeing walks and online catch-ups that everyone at Advocacy Focus is welcome to attend – along with their much loved canine friends.

With governments across the UK making changes to the rules and the levels of financial support available related to Covid-19, research shows that more than half of the 41,927 employees across 119 employers who participated in this year’s Index staff survey, are more anxious than ever as they return to the workplace. So, regardless of the size of an organisation, mental health and a strong cultural response to workplace wellness should be high on the agenda. That’s why Advocacy Focus has joined other forward-thinking employers and taken steps to create mentally healthy workplaces by participating in Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index 2021/22.

Justine Hodgkinson, CEO at Advocacy Focus said; “Our team do a really difficult job. They are out in communities working with people at their most challenging times, so the least we can do as an organisation is help our people to turn up as the best version of themselves. We do this by normalising the conversation around mental health and wellbeing and by providing safe, non-judgmental work spaces, where they can bring their whole self to work.

“The world we live in is ever-changing and the people that turn up at the door to do the job are experiencing challenges they’ve never faced before. So, we don’t tick boxes, workplace wellbeing is not tokenistic at Advocacy Focus, it is an integral part of what we do, and what we will continue to do.”

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