The Insurance Charities gives vital financial and practical support to past and present employees of the insurance industry, and their dependent relatives.
We can help anyone who has relevant experience working in the insurance industry, in any role in the UK and Ireland, and who may now be facing hardship.
Established over 100 years ago we have helped many thousands of people in an extraordinary variety of way, from helping people hit by natural disasters such as floods; to helping fund essential surgery for children; assisting individuals facing debt through a change in circumstances; helping families facing severe illnesses; paying for essential home alterations and supporting people over the years who need help and on-going assistance.
Expert advice can help people find the right support and direct financial assistance is provided to meet a wide range of needs.
We welcome direct enquiries or applications via a third party such as a company's welfare department or other charitable organisation.
We rely on donations and fundraising from Individuals, Local Institutes and Insurance Companies and Intermediaries.
The Insurance Charities tackle disability & mental health in the workplace with free event for HR professionals
If you work in HR you will most likely have dealt with at least one case of an employee going on sick leave with a mental illness such as depression or stress, and often staying away for a considerable amount of time or being unable to return to work at all.
These employees may have felt unable to openly discuss the issues they were having, fearing they will look like a failure, someone unable to cope with the pressures everyone else seems to be managing.
This is something The Insurance Charities see all too often, people with nowhere else to turn who need financial and emotional help, at their lowest ebb. It may have started with a mental illness such as depression, which in some cases, left unchecked may lead to a person no longer feeling able to work and eventually leaving their job. If diagnosed early, these issues can be more easily addressed and staff may be able to stay in their jobs, this can be beneficial to their recovery as they keep a consistent routine, and the company benefits by having ‘well’ and loyal employees.
As stigma around mental illness and developmental disabilities is being gradually broken down and conditions are more widely understood and discussed, The Insurance Charities want to push the boundaries further and provide a greater understanding for HR and CSR professionals within the insurance, and insurance related sector, to learn about not just helping employees at work but to actively look to employ people with conditions such as Asperger’s.
According to the charity Mind 1 in 6 workers are currently dealing with a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression or stress.
To find out more about mental health and disabilities in the workplace, the challenges faced for the employees and employers, practical pointers and how The Insurance Charities can help we are running the event 'Managing developmental disability and mental health in the workplace' in June, in London on the 21st and in Birmingham on the 22nd. Come and hear speakers from Depression Alliance (Mind), Autism Alliance and SpecialistsUK share their specialist knowledge.
For more information and to book your places see the link to our website: http://www.theinsurancecharities.org.uk/managing-developmental-disability-mental-health-workplace/
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