The team at Sanctuary Care are celebrating after being shortlisted for a national award for how well we support the mental health and wellbeing of our staff.
We are delighted to be named as a finalist in the Make A Difference Awards – as a not-for-profit employer that has made the most difference to workplace mental health and wellbeing over the past year.
The winner will be chosen by the public vote – which is open until 17 April. Please vote for us here: Make A Difference – Public Vote, scrolling to Award 1C to choose Sanctuary Care.
Neil Quinn, Sanctuary Care’s Director of HR said: “At Sanctuary Care our vision is to enrich the lives of our residents – and the amazing staff we have caring for them.
“And by empowering our staff to look after their own mental health and wellbeing and confidently support one another, we will create a culture where people truly thrive.”
As an employer Sanctuary Care wanted to create an open culture where people can talk freely about mental health, without judgement. We commissioned wellbeing research with our care home managers in 2021 and, listening to our staff, used this to shape our actions over the past 18 months.
Our mental health strategy is being rolled out across our care homes and central services. This includes delivery of a Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) course, which we used to train over 100 MHFAs in 2022 alone. The training gives people the skills to spot the signs that someone is experiencing mental ill health, approach the topic comfortably and signpost effectively.
We’ve created our own ‘Cultivating Confident Conversations’ workshops and one-to-one sessions to guide managers on how to approach conversations around mental health, so we are compassionate, open and supportive.
Our menopause training raises awareness about how symptoms can affect people, so we can talk openly and respectfully support our colleagues.
We’ve invested in a service where staff can have consultations for mental health, bereavement and nutritional support, a health check, digital GP appointments and expert second medical opinions for employees and family members – all for free.
Our staff networks, such as our Disability Network and PRISM (for LGBTQ+ employees and allies) connect colleagues who share experiences, support one another and drive positive change.
We are so proud of the way we support our staff and hope people will take the time to vote for us.
The winner will be chosen by the public vote – which is open until 17 April. Please vote for us here: Make A Difference – Public Vote , scrolling to Award 1C to choose Sanctuary Care.