Mental Health and Dementia Awareness Day


Cair launches its Mental Health in the Workplace initiative

Many of us know someone with a mental health condition, whether it’s a friend, family member, relative or colleague. At Cair we are pleased to become part of a growing movement to dispel the stigma often attached to mental illness.

During Mental Health Awareness Week last week, we launched our Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace initiative.
This initiative included the introduction of in-house mental health first aiders, a first for the business!

Staff members, Phil and Celia (pictured), volunteered to become our on site Mental Health First Aiders. They recently successfully completed their training with St John Ambulance and are now ready to offer help and support on a confidential basis to any employee in need. Their role includes looking out for indicators of mental health problems, which they do with the full support of the management team.

Cair staff become Dementia Friends!

This coincided with our Dementia Awareness Event held on Tuesday 14 May where staff were asked to bring in a sweet or savoury bake with cheese as an ingredient.

The “Cheese Off” Baking Competition was held in aid of the Dementia Friendly Daisy Cafe in Todmorden. Tasting and voting for our favourite bakes, competition was fierce!

First place went to Jo for her amazing Black Forest Cherry Cheesecake. Joint second were Phil for Red Pepper and Sweet Mustard Filo Rolls and Kazia for her Black Cherry Cheesecake.

The event included a talk on Dementia Awareness by our guest speaker and Chair of Dementia Friendly Todmorden, Inspector Neil Taylor from West Yorkshire Police.

By way of thanks, staff donated a food hamper and £75 for the cafe, presented to Neil.

At the end of the event staff chose to sign up to become Dementia Friends (and a free badge).

Thanks to all who participated and contributed!