Help is just a call away

Some of you may remember that several months ago the charity took out a contract with a free, confidential advice and counselling service for staff. We thought we would remind you of the details and contact information so that new arrivals on the staff are aware of it.

The employee assistance programme, run by Legal & General, can be contacted directly by all staff, 24/7, every day of the year. Sharron Grant, director of people, said: “The service is run by trained, qualified, experienced counsellors and people can call them about issues at work, at home, with their finances, with a bereavement – anything that you’re worried about and would like to discuss with someone, in complete confidence.”

No information about the matters discussed is ever disclosed to the employer. “No one will ask you any questions about why you need the service and what you want to talk about. It’s totally confidential between you and the counsellor,” said Sharron. “I’ve worked with schemes like this for more than 25 years and have had many staff tell me how valuable they are. It can make all the difference to have someone to talk to about what is troubling you and help you find a way through.”

You can reach the service on 0800 316 9337 at any time.