Lloyds Banking Group colleagues across Cardiff supported World Mental Health Day (10th October) by donating an hour of their time to support positive mental health.
Cardiff colleagues gave up an hour of their day to help raise awareness about mental health or take part in activities, including volunteering, fundraising, and learning about mental health.
13 colleagues across Cardiff volunteered an hour of their time to provide support to local Mental Health UK service centres. The centres were invited to attend Lloyds Banking Group St Williams House to receive guidance and mentoring from Lloyds Banking Group colleagues to develop their skillsets. The colleagues provided advice on topics such as time management, leadership and digital skills.
Other colleagues also used Power of an Hour to:
- Proactively learn about mental health through a number of online resources
- Manage their own health and wellbeing by practicing mindfulness or having an open conversation about mental health
- Help fundraise at Mental Health UK bucket collection points right across the UK
Allan Griffiths, Ambassador for Wales at Lloyds Banking Group said,
“World Mental Health Day was a great way for Lloyds Banking Group colleagues to learn more about mental health and help raise awareness and funds. Through ‘Power of an Hour’, colleagues donated an hour of their time in support of mental health, from volunteering and sharing skills with local Mental Health UK service centres across Cardiff to fundraising and proactively learning about the subject, helping us deliver on our commitment to help Britain prosper”.
Brian Dow, Managing Director of Mental Health UK said,
“It was fantastic to have the support of Lloyds Banking Group colleagues volunteering at our Mental Health UK service centres across Cardiff. Donating just an hour of your time to create awareness about mental health or share your skills in your local community really does make a difference and collectively, creates a huge impact”.
The Power of an Hour is just one of the many ways the Group aims to break down the stigmas associated with mental health issues. It is also taking the lead on promoting positive mental health within the workplace, enabling colleagues to recognise the signs of poor mental health and feel confident to support customers, their communities and each other.
The Group is also supporting communities through its charity partnership with Mental Health UK. Colleagues have felt so passionately about the cause that they have raised £3million through fundraising in 2017 alone – exceeding the target set out by the partnership. This fundraising will create a pioneering service called Mental Health and Money Advice, launching later this year. The service will provide support for people experiencing both mental health and money problems.