Lloyds Banking Group Wales colleagues volunteer to make a difference during Mental Health Awareness Week

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Lloyds Banking Group colleagues are volunteering at Mental Health UK Service Centres across Wales to raise awareness and spark conversations during Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May).

Lloyds Banking Group colleagues are taking part in practical activities to improve Service Centre facilities for people who rely on them and leading conversations with workers at the centres to discuss the importance of mental health and wellbeing.

Colleagues from Lloyds Banking Group Wales are volunteering at:-

  • Hafal Ceredigion
  • Hafal Denbigshire
  • Garden’s House
  • Gellinudd Move on Accomodation
  • Gellinudd Recovery Centre
  • Dom Care Pembrokeshire
  • Hafal Gwynedd Family Support
  • Hafal Wrexham Housing Project
  • Newport Resource Centre.

Lloyds Banking Group’s charity partnership with Mental Health UK aims to promote awareness of the link between mental health and money problems, encourage discussion between customers and colleagues and raise at least £2million per year in offices and branches across the UK.

Mental Health Awareness Week coincides with the Group’s main national volunteering week this year, with over 3,000 colleagues supporting causes which matter to them and share their skills and experiences in the community. As part of its ambition to help Britain prosper, the Group has committed to providing 2.3 million colleague volunteering hours by 2020 to support community projects. All colleagues are encouraged to spend at least eight hours per year volunteering in their local communities.

Alison Guyatt, Director at Gellinudd Recovery Centre, Pontardawe, said: “It was great to have the volunteers from Lloyds Banking Group here helping to renovate the garden space at Gellinudd Recovery Centre. The volunteers were very willing and enthusiastic: they helped with painting the fencing around the back of the building, and tidied up the whole grounds.

“The Centre will support people through their recovery by offering a holistic service, and empowering guests to become independent and to overcome the “revolving door” syndrome of psychiatric care (a cyclical pattern of short-term readmission to psychiatric units).

“The volunteers have made a real impact by creating a relaxing space within the garden area and wider grounds of the Recovery Centre, ready for guests to plant vegetables, and create their own space. It was a pleasure to meet the volunteers and we have already began discussions for them to re-visit us.”

Matt Pearce