The Breedon Group recognise good mental health at work and good management go hand in hand, to help support this,  the company has 8 fully trained Mental Health First Aiders at the Hope site and a further 3 based at each of their depot's, a monthly Health and Wellbeing magazine is sent out to all employees, last year they held their first employee Health and Well being event which proved to be a huge success.



The main organisers were Sallie Chalupa, Receptionist/Administration Assistant and Jackie Worthington, Lab Assistant , assisted by Mental Health First Aiders Louise Saxon, PA/PR & Events Coordinator,  Alan Porter, Assistant Quarry Manager and Ben Brocklehurst, Mechanical Craftsperson.

Additional support came from Ed Cavanagh, Works Manager, and Jo Cantwell, Quality Manager, as well as from the Breedon Cement Senior Management Team.

Backed up with information from Every Mind Matters, the first national NHS mental health campaign, the event included: 

-The input of four physiotherapists based in Hope Valley.

-The Wellness Team running mindfulness taster sessions, reiki and chair yoga.

-Open sessions in the gym, a pilates/stretch session and information on healthy eating from in-house Fitness Instructor Kerrie West.

-Advice about health initiatives including weight loss and stopping smoking from Live Life Better Derbyshire.

-Information about the safe use of essential oils from Sarah White, of Empowered Living Aromatherapy.

-A representative from the CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) charity.

-A chill-out area.

-Information and support from our in-house qualified Mental Health First Aiders.

Free refreshments, nutritional snacks and fresh fruit were available including a lunchtime healthy menu option from in-house chef,  John Parsons.



A geat response to the event.    Jo Cantwell, said: “I was very impressed with the professionalism of the event and the way it allowed everyone to have the opportunity to discover ideas, tools and ways to improve their own wellness in a way that suited them. My take-away was the mindfulness session and the peppermint hit with the aromatherapy practitioner.”

Louise Saxon said: “Today has been a really special day. The atmosphere was really relaxed,  it was great to see people open up seeing the ‘stigma’ around mental health slowly lifting. Big thanks to Sallie and Jackie for all their hard work and the rest of the Mental Health team for all their support.”

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