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Supporting care workers’ mental health as lockdown eases

Hallmark Care Homes Foundation has backed the Care Workers’ Charity in its support of care workers’ mental health needs as lockdown eases.

The Care Workers’ Charity (CWC) has announced that the board of Hallmark Care Homes Foundation, chaired by Avnish Goyal, has generously agreed to donate £78,000 over the next three years as part of their continued commitment to the charity.

This vital donation will fund the role of Mental Health Grants Admin Worker, who will be dedicated to the organisation and processing of applications to the charity’s Mental Health and Support Programme.

Such longer-term core funding plays a key part in helping CWC sustain and develop its charity support programmes for the hardworking social care workforce, particularly at this very stressful time.

Karolina Gerlich, chief executive officer of the Care Workers’ Charity said CWC greatly appreciates the generosity of the Hallmark Care Homes Foundation, both in this donation and their ongoing support.

‘The Care Workers’ Charity has been working hard to support our social care heroes, whose need has greatly increased since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘Without external support, we would not be able to do this, so we are extremely grateful for the generous funding agreed by Hallmark Care Homes Foundation.

‘This represents a continued collaboration between our two organisations, and whose shared values to support the social care sector will make a hugely positive impact on our work and the sector at large.’

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The funding for CWC’s Mental Health and Support Programme will help promote and deliver the service which includes up to ten counselling sessions and bespoke support to more care workers over the next three years.

Avnish Goyal, chair of Hallmark Care Homes Foundation said: ‘Care workers have been at the forefront of tackling the pandemic over the last sixteen months.

‘The stress and added demands have inevitably come with a huge toll on mental health. Our support for the Care Workers’ Charity will enable more care workers to get the mental health support they need in a timely and appropriate way.

‘The charity continues to do fantastic work to support this vital workforce.’

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