Nottingham Venues creates mental health first aid team

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Members of the Nottingham Venues’ Mental Health First Aid Team

Nottingham Venues is pleased to announce that it has created a new mental health first aid team within the business. A sign of the company’s commitment to the wellbeing of its employees, the initiative aims to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health and provide support to colleagues who may be experiencing mental health problems. 

A team of 12 people from a range of roles within the organisation have undergone mental health first aid training designed to equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to assist colleagues, and potentially guests. The training was conducted and accredited by MHFA England and covered a range of topics, including how to identify the signs of someone struggling with their mental health, how to provide initial help and support, and how to guide people towards professional support if needed.

Following on from the MHFA England training, Nottingham Venues has also run a series of workshops for employees including ‘Dealing with Change and Stress Management Techniques’ and ‘Mental Health Awareness for Managers’ training, signalling the importance the company places on good mental health throughout the business.

In addition, Nottingham Venues has also launched a series of employee wellbeing events to promote overall health and wellness within the business. The first event took place in April and featured massages and beauty treatments for all employees, free day passes to the gym at the David Ross Sports Village, and an introduction to the new Employee Assistance Programme, TalkLife.

All 270 Nottingham Venues employees have been provided with access to the TalkLife app, a platform that provides peer support communities that offer safe and engaging places for people to get mental health support. It connects people with professionals, and also connects people dealing with the same issues, providing a support network and reducing loneliness.   

Suzie Adams, Nottingham Venues’ HR Director comments: “According to research from the University of Cambridge, approximately one in four people working within the hospitality industry have mental health problems. It is an issue in our sector and something we are aware of as a business. We are committed to supporting the wellbeing of our team and creating a positive working environment where people feel empowered to help one another or seek help if needed.

“By providing our employees with the tools and support they need to manage their mental and physical health, we hope to create a happier, healthier workplace for everyone.”

Nottingham Venues is a collection of independent venues specialising in meetings and events, set in the beautiful grounds of the University of Nottingham campus. All venues, including the East Midlands Conference Centre, the Jubilee Hotel and Conferences venue, Campus Venues and the 4* Orchard Eco Hotel were brought together under one brand in July 2022 with the aim of providing an unrivalled guest experience.

Nottingham Venues provides meeting space from 5 to 1000 delegates, with over 40 meeting rooms, 2000 sq. ft of exhibition space and 300 bedrooms at the Orchard Hotel and Jubilee Hotel combined. 

Adam Parry
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