Finalist Outstanding Achievement Award – Somerset Business Awards 2019

The Outstanding Achievement Award is a new category sponsored by Weston College and we are very excited to be in the finals due on the 25th October 2019. Somerset Business Awards 2019 have announced all the finalists now which can be viewed here

The judges were looking for someone who had gone above and beyond for the benefit of others and outside the remit of their day job. and made a significant contribution to the community. Becky our founder was entered by her colleague Mandy Trunks from Daisy Admin Services.

Mandy said, “ Becky doesn’t just go the extra mile she travels the whole journey whilst trying to keep her own business ticking over its as if CSR and putting people first is her main objective. Her ideas are always creative and innovative often mentioned in peoples testimonials and feedback. “

Becky has delivered a number of projects free in the community. In May 2019 she put on a conference in Bridgwater entitled Mental Health at Work Changing Culture in Construction. She spent a year bringing a working party together from different sectors, facilitating the meetings, funding the admin and then putting on a conference which attracted 100 local SMEs in Construction and various local mental health groups and local sponsoring companies. She got them to pledge via a signature on a giant board to deliver mental health awareness within their workplace and gave them a toolbox to help start to change culture and let construction workers know support is available for this.

She received no money for this conference and had to take all the financial risk for this event and hope that ticket fees and sponsors could be secured in time. Many of the tickets she gave out free to ensure those that needed to attend did and managed to raise £600 for the Lighthouse Charity who provide support. As part of this voluntary work she became a registered CITB Training Organisation so that local construction firms could attend the Mental Health First Aid Training with a considerable discount. her motivation was hearing that every day two construction workers take their own life in the UK.

She is now bringing together people working in agriculture in Somerset with the sole aim of raising awareness of mental health and hoping to reduce the suicide risk in the farming community. She is also the voluntary chair for the local Mental Health in Employment Network. She is extending her free offering on World Mental Health Day to providing Pop Up Wellbeing Clinics for Staff working in Homes in Sedgemoor and Sedgemoor District Council Offices.

She has a huge passion to bring mental health support to SMEs in Somerset feeling that they often miss out to their larger colleagues as few have HR departments and employee assistance programmes. She is delivering this work alongside her Rural Life Design Project.

She is very excited about being a finalist !! Thank you to everyone who has supported this.

 

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