Friends First are delighted to announce a new charity partnership with Aware. The aim of the two year partnership is to promote mutually beneficial engagement and support between the charity and Friends First, which includes fundraising and staff volunteering to work with the charity.
To support this we will promote awareness of the range of vital support and education services Aware provides to people impacted by stress, depression, bipolar and mood disorders.
The staff at Friends First were involved in the selection process and the shortlist was chosen to align with charities we felt reflected the Friends First values. Following the nomination and selection process, two of the existing charities were selected for 2016/2017 – Irish Cancer Society and Lessons for Life. Aware was selected as a new charity for Friends First.
As a mental health charity, Aware are aligned with our role as a health insurer and as an employer committed to supporting all staff in healthy living and awareness. For their part, Aware were very enthusiastic about the partnership from the outset. The following points are among the reasons for our decision to partner with Aware:
- Aware place a particular emphasis on educating youths in positive mental health, particularly those over the age of 14. In working closely with two schools in the local community Friends First recognises the importance of the educational services, offered by Aware, in this area.
- A recent review of income protection claims showed that the main illnesses which cause claims are due to orthopaedic, cancer and mental health conditions. The importance of mental health awareness and services offered by Aware is highlighted clearly in these claims.
- The partnership with Aware will also help to develop the Friends First Health and Wellness Policy in place for our own staff.
We are proud to support Aware and play a part in the great work that they do. We are at the beginning of an exciting journey with Aware and look forward to developing the relationship. For further information about Aware, visit www.Aware.ie.
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