President's Message - October 2020

Posted: 11th November 2020, 12:31pm

Our Awards evening last week was a wonderful event, celebrating the talent, determination and passion of local business people and their contribution to the community. Thank you to everyone who joined us and congratulations to our winners.
 
What is particularly noticeable this year is that the vast majority of our winners – from Young Employee to Business Leader and President’s Award winner, are women: I’m pleased that their obvious depth and breadth of talent has been rightly recognised.
 
Many people have commented how much atmosphere and buzz there was for an online event. The chat facility was busy all evening with members, nominees, finalists and winners engaging with each other, proving how much we love networking!
 
Thank you to our judges, to our sponsors and to Emma Fisher for all her hard work towards making the event a great success.
 
This year has demonstrated more than ever that whatever external forces are thrown at us, we are a resilient bunch who will use our creativity and determination for the betterment of our community. But the impact of Covid-19 can take its toll. The last few months have had a huge impact on many and prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now. This coming Saturday is World Mental Health Day - perhaps the most important one yet - for which we are all encouraged do one thing for better mental health, even if it's just going for a walk or taking time out to do something creative. Or it could be taking the first steps to getting support for yourself, or reaching out to someone else.
 
For guides on how to support mental health in the workplace you can visit: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-support-mental-health-work
Guides include

  • How to support good mental health at work
  • How to manage and reduce stress
  • How to overcome fear and anxiety

This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is 'mental health for all'. We’ll be changing our social media cover photos to draw attention to World Mental Health Day, and if you are involved in an activity to promote it do let us all know. Feel free to use the Chamber Facebook Forum to share any activities you’re involved with for better mental health, using the hashtag #DoOneThing

Best wishes

Alastair

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