Bruce Stevenson has long been committed to nurturing a mentally healthy workplace culture. With support for staff in their everyday lives, through a range of initiatives both inside and outside of the workplace. In 2020, this culture was illustrated as our colleagues voted to partner with SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) as our Charity of Choice.
SAMH is Scotland’s largest mental health charity and is dedicated to good mental health and wellbeing for all. They have been representing those affected by mental health problems for over 90 years and deliver community-based, person-centred services across the country covering a range of mental health issues.
Upon beginning our partnership, meetings were held between both parties and there was a lot of excitement to get started on fundraising initiatives and raising mental health awareness. Sadly, this planning began in February 2020 and shortly afterwards Covid-19 cancelled the majority of our joint plans.
Since the first lockdown, we've welcomed the advice and initiatives SAMH has offered to support our team's wellbeing. The mental health fallout from the pandemic has been well documented. Throughout, SAMH has brought mental health support to those struggling with added pressures and isolation. It comes as no surprise the demand for mental health services has been at an all-time high.
SAMH regularly sent information packs, invitations to webinars and recordings for those unable to attend. This input and material allowed us to align with SAMH’s mental health spotlight for the month.
“We are delighted to have SAMH as our charity partner. They have provided invaluable support during the pandemic and SAMH will continue to play an important role as our mental wellbeing culture continues to evolve.”
Our management team and mental health first aiders also benefited from support and advice as we focus on employee wellbeing and look to plan for the transition from home working to returning to our offices.
In response, we committed to continuing to support SAMH as our Charity of Choice in 2021. Along with fundraising, Bruce Stevenson donates 2% of our annual profits to our chosen charity and also negotiate for external funding and grants.
Now that restrictions have eased, we’ve made a start at some fundraising initiatives. Several of the team at Bruce Stevenson took on our ‘Step for SAMH Challenge’ for May covering various step goals from 5,000 steps a day to 15,000 steps a day. Setting individual daily targets, the team exceeded their goals and collectively recorded 8.4 million steps across May, raising £4,400 in the process!
As society starts to come out of lockdown and look for a return to some form of normality, we are looking forward to new opportunities to work together.
“All of us at SAMH are delighted to be Bruce Stevenson’s charity partner. It’s fantastic that the staff have decided to make mental health their cause. The team’s achievement is incredible and we cannot thank them enough for showing SAMH and the mental health cause such tremendous support and dedication. The funds raised by colleagues throughout our partnership will fund crucial mental health support for people across Scotland - a huge thank you from everyone at SAMH.”
Fiona Lewis – Corporate Partnership Manager
You can learn more about the important work SAMH by visiting www.samh.org.uk/