As Mental Health Awareness Week continues, local business are stepping up to raise awareness and funds.
The Evolution Group is promoting a week of mental wellness activities, while two company directors from Gower Group will be “walking the Bailiwick” at the end of the month.
Activities for The Evolution Group’s consultants include a cliff walk, a micronutrient-rich lunch from the Raw Store, a team breakfast and a physical activity.
Group Operations Director, Leyla Abreu said that mental health is something the organisation “holds close to its heart”.
“As a team of consultants, we often find ourselves working separate from the rest of our colleagues and like many other industries, we’re also working from home more often since the Covid pandemic,” she said.
Pictured: The Evolution Group team members were all given a herbal health hamper as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.
Ms Abreu continued: “To help bring our team together and create open dialogue around any personal experience of loneliness, we have put together a week of prosocial activities.
"This is the first of many planned TEG Wellness events and I am extremely proud of the opportunity for our Team to raise awareness not only amongst ourselves, but also within our local community.”
Pictured: The Evolution Group Operations Director Leyla Abreu (left) and Safer Head of Service, Naomi Wood.
The group will also be supporting Safer, the domestic abuse charity, by donating handmade wellness hampers to the refuge.
Safer’s Head of Service, Naomi Wood, said: “Mindfulness colouring books are something we’ve been wanting to provide for use at the Safer Refuge for some time now, so we’re really thankful to The Evolution Group for coming up with the idea and providing them. They will be much appreciated at the refuge.”
Two directors of the Gower Group will be raising funds for Guernsey Mind by undertaking a challenge to walk over 60 miles around the four Bailiwick islands in 48 hours.
Pictured: Gower Group Directors and friends Rob Boyd (left) and Scott Rowe.
Scott Rowe and Rob Boyd will take up the challenge on 27 and 28 May when they will start with Alderney and Sark on the first day and Guernsey on the second.
“I wanted to push myself with a challenge that would require determination and physical stamina, while raising funds for a worthwhile cause,” said Mr Rowe.
“Sadly, a close family member took their own life last year, so I am very conscious of the impact that mental illness can have and the importance of raising awareness that it is ok not to be ok, which is why I am supporting Guernsey Mind.”
Mr Boyd added: “Guernsey Mind is a great cause and it’s a pleasure to support Scott with his challenge. The selected charity has helped many islanders, particularly given the increased levels of mental illness attributed to the restrictions suffered by so many during both lockdowns.”
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