The Access Project gains Mindful Employer accreditation

The Access Project is thrilled to announce our accreditation as a Mindful Employer.

On 15 February 2024, we signed the Charter for Employers Positive About Mental Health, a testament to our unwavering commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive workplace environment for mental health.

The charter, established as part of the Devon Partnership NHS Trust, represents a significant milestone for The Access Project. This accreditation serves as a declaration of our ambition to support the mental health and well-being of our employees by upholding a set of fundamental values.

By signing the charter, The Access Project pledges to:

  • Provide non-judgmental and proactive support to staff members with experience of mental ill-health.
  • Avoid making assumptions about individuals with mental health conditions and their ability to work.
  • Foster a positive and enabling environment for all employees and applicants with a mental health condition.
  • Support line managers in effectively managing mental health in the workplace.
  • Ensure fair recruitment practices in accordance with the Equality Act (2010).
  • Make it unequivocally clear that individuals with experience of mental ill-health will not face discrimination within our organisation.

At The Access Project, we believe that prioritising mental health in the workplace is imperative. By becoming a Mindful Employer, we are reaffirming our commitment to creating an environment where all employees feel valued, supported, and empowered to thrive professionally and personally.

Sarah Berry, Head of People at The Access Project, said: “Signing this charter is a big step forward for The Access Project. We’re proud to join a network of employers dedicated to improving mental health in the workplace.

“Staff wellbeing is always at the top of our agenda. We want to make sure we’re creating an environment that empowers all staff to be open about their mental health, and equips managers with the tools necessary to support team wellbeing”.

This accreditation aligns with our organisational values and our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion vision. Through initiatives like the Charter for Employers Positive About Mental Health, we strive to set a positive example for other employers and contribute to a broader cultural shift toward prioritising mental well-being in the workplace.

As we celebrate this achievement, we extend our gratitude to our dedicated team members whose unwavering dedication and commitment make The Access Project an exceptional place to work. We will continue to create a workplace where mental health is valued, supported, and prioritised, ensuring that every member of our team can thrive and succeed.

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