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4th April 2021

Chestnut Homes employees complete Mental Health First Aid programme

Chestnut Homes has reaffirmed its commitment to staff wellbeing by doubling the number of qualified mental health first aiders within its ranks.


Three senior employees at the Lincolnshire housebuilder completed a training course run by the social enterprise Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England last month (March).


Sales Manager Helene Key, Contracts Manager Granville Wain, and Health, Environmental and Quality Manager Paul Dixon took part in the course, which aims to equip workers with the skills to support colleagues experiencing mental health issues.


The trio joins fellow MHFA graduates Director Rob Newton, HR Manager Fiona Vivian, and Construction Manager Simon Eyley, bringing the total number of mental health first aiders within the company to six.


Sales Manager Helene Key, one of the three employees to complete the course, said: “The fact that we now have six members of staff trained as mental health first aiders demonstrates how seriously we take the mental – as well as physical – wellbeing of our employees. “In light of the pandemic and its impact upon people’s lives, there has never been a more important time to invest in this kind of training. With many of our employees continuing to work from home under the ongoing restrictions, it is absolutely vital that we provide the support needed to anyone struggling to cope in these unprecedented times.”


Helene, Granville and Paul attended the Adult MHFA two-day course in which they learnt a mix of practical and interpersonal skills aimed at supporting their own and others’ wellbeing.


Helene added: “The programme was insightful and informative. We took away a host of lessons that we hope to put into action to enhance the support and care available to all of Chestnut Homes’ employees.”

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