Greggs signs the Time to Change Employer Pledge to raise awareness about mental health
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 2017-Oct-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Roger Whiteside, chief executive at Greggs has taken the first step to break the silence around mental health by signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge.
By putting pen to paper on the pledge, Roger is keen to illustrate Greggs long-term commitment to raising awareness about mental health problems and putting in place the foundations to:
• raise awareness around the importance of mental health and wellbeing at work
• champion the issue by providing the resources and tools for all colleagues
• help break the culture of silence around mental health
Roger said: “I am proud to sign the Time to Change Employer Pledge on behalf of everyone involved with Greggs. The health and wellbeing of all of our colleagues is of the utmost importance to us and is a key feature of our business plan which aims to have a positive impact on people’s lives. This pledge is extremely important to us and has dedicated focus at the highest level of the business.”
Earlier this year, Greggs launched its health and wellbeing initiative, Balanced You, which covers four key areas: healthy eating and drinking, keeping active and physically well, healthy social life and good relationships and positive mental wellbeing.
Roisin Currie, people and retail director at Greggs said: “One in four people will experience a mental health issue and nine in 10 people with a mental health problem experience stigma and discrimination. With over 20,000 colleagues and millions of customers visiting our shops every week, it is our responsibility to do our bit and take action against the stigma and discrimination and help end the silence surrounding mental illness.”
Greggs Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary; receives Special Recognition at the North East Charity Awards
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2017-Oct-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Greggs Foundation is celebrating after receiving a Special Recognition award at the North East Charity Awards in honour of its 30th anniversary. The award was presented by Bob Cuffe from Trinity Mirror, publishers of the Newcastle Journal and Evening Chronicle.
Greggs Foundation is a well-established trust and has donated £23 million to local causes in its 30-year history. Before the Foundation was established as a grant making trust, Greggs had established a strong reputation in the community, providing a range of social activities such as pie and peas suppers for older people in the Newcastle area.
The Foundation brings together all of Greggs’ charitable giving which has an extremely rich and long history. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne and closely associated with Greggs plc., the Foundation is a grant making charity which improves the quality of life in local communities, distributing around £2.8 million per year to charitable organisations throughout England, Scotland and Wales and supporting Greggs plc to raise over £1 million each year for external charity appeals.
Roger Whiteside, chief executive at Greggs said: “Over the past 30 years, the Foundation has helped to improve the quality of life for so many people in our local communities. Many of our colleagues at Greggs support the Foundation, whether by fundraising, making grants, donating unsold food or volunteering their time. The Foundation touches the hearts of everyone at Greggs and this award is a great endorsement of all it has achieved.
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