We are delighted to share that our Chief Executive, Charmaine Griffiths was recognised in Glassdoor UK's Top CEO 2021 list Speaking about the acknowledgement, Charmaine added: "Any award is a tribute to our brilliant #TeamBHF and their relentless efforts to power our life-saving work." Congratulations to Charmaine from all of us at the BHF!
The BHF now have over 100 Mental Health Ambassadors across the organisation. Katherine Stybelski, one of our Fundraising Managers tells us why she chose to take up the opportunity to become a MHA & what it means to her. I chose to sign up as a MHA first aider as it’s been something I have been interested in for a while and when the pandemic hit it felt like the right time. People have been under exceptional amounts of stress and pressure in these strange times, and I wanted to do my bit to support who I can. To me being a Mental Health First Aider means I can offer my time and non-judgemental listening ear to a colleague in need. I want to be part of building a positive culture in the workplace about understanding mental health and how we can recognise and guide people towards the appropriate support for them. The training was great, thorough, and enabled us to look at different types of scenarios and the parts we can play to help. I would recommend this to anyone.
Today we're saying a big welcome back to all of our amazing staff and volunteers at our shops and stores in England and Wales. We're thrilled that we can open our doors once again and hope to see you in-store soon - whether you're searching for the perfect piece of pre-loved furniture or you're looking to update your wardrobe.
One thing the Covid pandemic has shown is the generosity of people and their love and support in a time of need. We hear from Area Manager, Mik Parkin who has been supporting the vaccine rollout in his community. “I’ve been volunteering over at Elland Road, the home of Leeds United. It’s a huge, well organised and friendly vaccination centre. I'm a Liverpool fan and if you told me a year ago that I'd be going there every week, I'd never have believed you! I talk to patients after they've had their jab to make sure that they are feeling ok and monitoring them in case of any reactions. While they're waiting to have the vaccine, I have a natter with them to put them at ease, they are always full of hope and it’s wonderful to hear their stories. I'm not a nurse or a scientist, but in a tiny way I feel I've helped.
We recently launched an internal campaign to help our colleagues take control of their wellbeing. It's all about picking one thing to do and doing it well each day. Our Head of Customer Experience, Richie Rumbelow, shared one thing he has been doing whilst working remotely to keep his home and work life separate: "I use my dining table to work on, so normally during the week when I finish for the day I will leave the laptop and work equipment out. But recently I have started putting all my equipment away and clearing the table to have a meal with my husband in the evenings." Richie explained that clearing his work equipment out of sight has helped him switch off and allows him to eat mindfully without any distractions. What one thing will you do each day that's good for you?
A huge thank you to all BHF staff and volunteers who submitted entries to our 'Works of Heart' competition! We had almost 80 submissions and have been blown away with the level of talent across the team! Here's a look at our top three winners
We wanted to give a huge thank you to the Retail Trust for hosting two virtual information sessions with our retail and field team colleagues on the support, guidance and resources available to them should they require it. The sessions enabled colleagues to learn more about the helpline, online tools and resources available from the Retail Trust to help them and their teams take care of their wellbeing.
The British Heart Foundation is ranked as Europe's largest online charity reseller. Watch the below to find out more about our growing online operation and for an overview of how we generate funding for our life saving work.
We are proud to have partnered with Mixed Race Faces - an organisation that works to highlight the stories of people with mixed heritage through photography and narrative. Read the full stories of six BHF colleagues at https://bit.ly/386vspg
On Friday we invited colleagues to attend a virtual calming yoga session hosted by Steph and Dani from our Fundraising team. During the session, we were taken through breathing techniques and chair-based yoga practises to help reduce stress, build endurance, flexibility and strength. We wanted to say a huge thank you to Dani and Steph for hosting the session and allowing us to fully unwind on a Friday afternoon!