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Reducing stigma and supporting your Cambridgeshire community

07.09.2020

 

We celebrate our 12th anniversary this year, having started working with local unemployed adults with mental health challenges. We have so far supported over 900 local people with coaching and training to manage poor mental health and build their confidence towards entering the workplace. We continue to work with the same group but we have been building our offer to businesses over the last two years, working with clients like Taylor Vinters, and departments at the University of Cambridge.

 

This means we can brings individuals and the businesses we works with together to reduce stigma and learn from one another, including through our mentoring scheme which has been supported by local businesses, including retailer John Lewis & Partners. 

 

‘The mentoring scheme has been a huge success for us,’ says Christine Shaw, Community Liaison Coordinator at John Lewis & Partners. ‘Our staff have learned about what supporting good mental health means and about how mental health can impact on individuals in a work environment. At the same time it’s been great to support a local charity doing such important work to reduce stigma and build support for people across our community struggling with poor mental health, particularly in the work environment. The scheme is very much needed by employers’

 

We are actively looking for more mentors across the business community – get in touch to  with Maria to find out more, maria@illuminatecharity.org.uk