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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!  

Mental Health first aiders Phil and Celia holding up their

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! 

Table filled with sweet and savoury cheese bakes for the "Cheese Off Competition"

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.

Cheese Off competition winners holding their first and second place prizes

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.

Audience seated for dementia Awareness presentation Hamper presented to Inspector Neil Taylor

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

Staff holding up their Dementia friends badges

Thanks to all who participated and contributed!

Blog by Alison Barnes.

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4 Responses to “Mental Health and Dementia Awareness Day”

By Steven Jaglowski - 21 May 2019 Reply

What a handsome bunch of ‘usual suspects’.

By Editorial - 21 May 2019 Reply

As always!

By Insp Neil Taylor - 21 May 2019 Reply

Well done Cair for the support you give to both causes, Dementia awareness and mental health awareness. You are a super employer who really support and care for your employees.
Insp Neil Taylor
West Yorkshire Police

By Editorial - 21 May 2019 Reply

Thank you for coming in and raising awareness, your presentation definitely made the day.

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