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Unity Dorset is excited to be working on their Employee Well-being pledge.
As a support provider for adults with mental health needs such as schizophrenia and psychosis, personality disorders, challenging behaviours and learning disabilities we know all too well the impact of mental health on individuals and how it affects everyone in different ways. Our support workers provide support in individuals hours of need, periods of crisis and general day to day battles with mental health needs but all too often we can forget the impact it has on the people supporting others through these challenges.
Why are we launching our Employee Well-being Pledge? Okay! well lets be honest, we have always shown an interest in our employees well-being however, it has probably not been as consistent and promoted within our company. Lets be even more honest! we have lost some amazing support workers who have struggled with their own mental health issues either from a direct result of supporting individuals with mental health needs or from their own personal problems away from work. We probably could have provided additional support at the time but focused more on the promotion of well-being of the people we support (something we will still continue to do as a support provider).
What have we done so far?
We have implemented an Employee Well-Being champion within Unity Dorset who will be responsible for planning well-being events, surveys, implementing MIND tools and employee engagement to name a few.
Become a ‘Time to Change’ champion and completed champion training modules through the ‘time to change’ movement http://www.time-to-change.org.uk
Registered to join the ‘time to change’ employers pledge
Downloaded time to change and MIND resources for our workplace.
What are we doing next?
An official launch of our Employee Well-being Pledge and review our mental health at work policy and procedures.
Organise 6 weekly well-being clinics for our support staff and inviting counsellors and other guest speakers to each clinic to offer qualified advice. The clinic is aimed to encourage our staff to talk about their own mental health needs and work on action plans on how we can support them through it.
This is an exciting movement for us and we hope that through our pledge we will be able to support our team through their own challenges. Big respect to our support workers!!!
Wow we are over the moon to be one of the finalists for the Special Recognition Award in Dorset Echo’s 2019 Care Awards!!
We nominated our whole team of support workers for this award category because we feel they need the recognition for all the hard work they do to, ensure the adults we support stay well and achieve what they thought was impossible.
Our support workers work with individuals with complex mental health needs, learning disabilities and challenging behaviours. They work unsocial hours to ensure that support needs are met and go above and beyond to help individuals achieve their goals. Some of our customers have spent many years in mental health hospitals away from their local community, family and friends, so moving out into the community again and leading a more independent life with our support is a big step and an achievement individuals do not want to go back on. The improvement and impact that our support workers have made on individual lives is amazing and has enabled individuals to stay well and live a more independent life. Their passion, motivation and overall caring nature has played a vital role in achieving this.
We are so proud of our team no matter what the results and we are just honoured to be a finalist in this category! Good Luck to our team!