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Port Talbot contractor Acorn signs Community’s mental health charter

Community - 24th April 2019

“We’re encouraging a culture of openness and support…”

A recent campaign to bring mental health awareness to a local workplace has resulted in another company signing Community’s mental health charter.

Acorn, a contractor in Port Talbot dealing with industrial cleaning, packing and recruitment, have committed to challenge the stigma and promote positive mental health well being in the workplace.

Speaking during the signing of the mental health charter, Community Branch Secretary Phil Silman said “This demonstrates that Acorn are committed to the wellbeing of their workers, signing the charter is an important step towards breaking down barriers around mental health.”


The Community team pictured alongside Acorn Operations Director Mark Rudge (second from left) after signing the mental health charter

National Organiser for Community Alun Davies said “Mental health doesn’t just stop at the individual – it begins to affect everything around you from your closest loved ones to your daily work routine.

“Alongside Acorn we will now begin signposting people to helplines and local support centres in the hopes that we can assist people who are suffering in silence.”

Mark Rudge, Director of Operations at Acorn, said “The signing of this charter is a great way for Acorn to encourage a culture of openness and support for all of it’s employees.

“As an organisation we have a responsibility to ensure that we put the correct measures in place so that staff feel supported, to further enforce our commitment to the charter we trained up two senior Acorn employees as mental health first aiders who will provide a support network for workers.”

At our 2017 conference in Torquay, members overwhelmingly voted for the union to pursue a priority campaign to raise awareness of mental health in the workplace.

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