Benenden Health have awarded £1,000 to Bereaved Children Support York from a new Community Fund aiming to engage employees in the process of award-giving.
The York-based health and wellbeing organisation recently launched the ‘Benenden Health Community Fund for Colleagues’, which allows employees to nominate causes that are significant to them. This complements their existing Community Fund, which opens once a year for local charities and community groups to apply for.
Emma Keef, CSR and Engagement Co-ordinator for Benenden Health said,
The aim of the colleague-focused Community Fund is to recognise and value the myriad activities that our people are involved in outside of work, while being able to support groups that need it.
Bereaved Children Support York are a charity group who provide support for children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or other significant person. They do this through monthly drops ins, useful resources and therapeutic one to one sessions. The funding award was made after Lucy South, Internal Communications & Engagement Co-ordinator at Benenden Health, applied in collaboration with the Chair of the group.
Lucy is a member of Bereaved Children Support York who has been a regular attendee with her son for three years,
I have made invaluable social connections with others who are supporting children through grief and navigating their own path through loss at the same time.
The funding has enabled the group to purchase more resources and to move to a bigger venue allowing them to support more families. Some of the funding will also provide more hours with a specialist bereavement practitioner.