Friday, August 14, 2020

Approach decides to support Shipley mental health charity

Ilkley-based PR consultancy Approach is to support The Cellar Trust as its 2019 charity of the year.

The seven-strong team, which champions all things Corporate Social Responsibility, has put wellbeing at the heart of the agency this year by choosing the Shipley-based charity, which focuses on providing mental health support and helping people on their journey to recovery.

Approach will offer fundraising, volunteering hours and hands on coaching through its PR and social media training arm, Approachability. The team will also work alongside the charity to help spread further awareness around mental health issues.

Approach MD Suzanne Watson said: “We live and breathe wellness both inside and outside of our business and with statistics showing that around one in four people in the UK experience a mental health issue each year, we recognise the importance of supporting a charity which makes such a difference to adults in our local area. The work undertaken by The Cellar Trust has really resonated with the team and selecting them as our key focus for support was a collective decision. We’re looking forward to working together and helping them to reach more people and make even more of a difference this year.”

The Cellar Trust began operating in the mid-1980s and delivers high quality mental health support. Starting from humble beginnings, the project was set up in the cellar of a Victorian house, by a social worker who realised there was little opportunity to help people with long term mental health problems back into employment.

The charity now provides a wide range of support including an award-winning crisis service, Haven, which is open 365 days a year; Pathways to Employment, which helps people to rebuild confidence and develop new skills for employment; and Workplace Wellbeing, which supports individuals and businesses to maintain good mental health at work. A new Telehealth service has also recently been launched offering evening and weekend telephone support for people needing help.

Andrew McCarthy, head of fundraising and development at The Cellar Trust, said: “As a local charity, we don’t have the resources that national charities have – this is why the support from Approach is invaluable to us. We’re ecstatic to have been chosen as the team’s very first charity of the year and we’re certain that this partnership will help to support people experiencing mental health issues across the district.”

Approach, which is celebrating its eighteenth year in business, has also committed to four additional CSR initiatives for 2019 under the headings of environment, community, employee and charity. The team will kick-off by pledging to go green through implementing a recycling system, reducing the use of single use plastics and using low energy lighting.

The agency will continue to run its ‘Approaching Employability’ programme throughout the year, working alongside local schools and offering expertise in a range of activities such as mock interviews, career fairs, work placements and workshops.

Suzanne added: “The community continues to be a focal point for our outreach activity and for the eighth consecutive year we are providing free PR and social media support to help raise the profile of and drive footfall to Ilkley Carnival, which continues to raise funds for local groups and organisations. With this year’s theme now announced as ‘Shows and Musicals’, we’ve a lot of material to work with ahead of the carnival itself on May 6!”

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