We’re thrilled to have been chosen by Societe Generale, as their 7th Charity of the Year partner. This is our first major partnership in the banking sector and will make a massive difference to us and the people we support.
Voted for by Societe Generale’s employees, the two-year partnership aims to raise £600,000 through fundraising activities across the UK Group.
This will support the ‘Advice to Action’ campaign, helping people with mental health problems to get back on track.
The funding will enable us to answer tens of thousands of queries to our Infoline, offering information and advice so that people can access support and take the first steps towards better managing their mental health.
The campaign will also fund new projects for people with mental health problems to get support, build confidence and find employment in their communities. Through these projects, we’ll enable people to receive support for their mental health, grow their social networks and engage in positive activities. The opportunity to learn something new, try out a new activity and both receive and give support to others has the power to change people’s daily lives.
Alongside supporting staff through a number of exciting fundraising events, including runs, treks, cycle challenges, boat races, concerts and more, we will be helping them to get more personally involved in our work, volunteering their time and expertise to support our network of local Minds in England, Wales and the Channel Islands.
In addition, a key focus over the two years will be working with Societe Generale to improve working practices for staff and promote good mental health in the workplace.
Paul Farmer, our Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to have been chosen by Societe Generale staff as Charity of the Year. Societe Generale’s support will mean that Mind can continue providing vital services, like our Infoline, so people can make their own choices and access the treatment and support that is right for them. This partnership will help us make sure no one has to face a mental health problem alone.”
Kate Ashworth, Head of CSR UK at Societe Generale said: “It was clear from the staff vote that Mind is a charity which resonated with staff. We know that one in four people will experience a mental health problem this year, and countless more will be affected through friends, family, work colleagues and other people in their lives. We hope to raise vital funds for Mind, and increase mental health awareness amongst our staff.”
We’re really excited about working with Societe Generale so a huge thank you to everyone who voted for us!