TalkStrong

According to Mind, a leading mental health charity, 1 in 6 workers are currently dealing with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression or stress. That is why at Armstrongs we have decided to act now and provide proactive mental wellbeing support through our TalkStrong Campaign.

TalkStrong

TalkStrong aims to open up the conversation of mental wellbeing in order to: promote wellbeing for all staff, tackle the causes of work-related mental health problems and support staff who are experiencing mental health problems.

TalkStrong aims to support all of our colleagues across Armstrongs Group, from Aggregates to AMIX and from quarry to office. We want our colleagues to know that it’s okay to not be okay, we will always be here to listen and talk.

However, TalkStrong is not just for our colleagues. TalkStrong is for everyone. We actively encourage extended family and our local community to get involved with our TalkStrong initiative. Every Thursday we take part in, and help run alongside Full Circle IT and Super Logo Boy, the #BoltonTweetUp.

#BoltonTweetUp

#BoltonTweetUp is a Twitter chat that takes place every Thursday, between 3 and 4 PM, in which local Bolton businesses get together to discuss anything from the community to cooperative projects. The aim of the #BoltonTweetUp is to make local business more accessible for local people, and we are planning to bring our TalkStrong initiative to the twitter chats. Using the tag #TalkStrong and #BoltonTweetUp we aim to create a supportive network for not only our own colleagues but the wider community that we live and work in.

Mental Wellbeing In The Workplace

Did you know that 44 per cent of employers saw an increase in reported mental health problems in the last twelve months. As a result of this 40 per cent of employers reported an increase in staff sickness levels due to stress in the last twelve months.  By increasing our employee engagement with regards to mental wellbeing we are hoping to provide positive proactive support to our colleagues. In return we are aiming to harvest an open culture of candour that benefits the wellbeing of our workforce and community.

So What’s Next?

Join our Twitter chat on Thursdays between 3 and 4 PM here. Use the hashtags #BoltonTweetUp and #TalkStrong to join the conversation and join a supportive network of peers, colleagues and local Bolton businesses in supporting our #TalkStrong initiative.

Over the past months we have proactively improved ways in which you can reach us. You can contact us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Website. Including our new live chat feature on the bottom right of our website.

For more information about our TalkStrong campaign you can contact us here.

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Experience Employment

Young people are becoming more and more distant from joining the working world. However I do not believe this is their fault; it just isn’t correctly targeting to them. That’s why we have created a campaign all about how Armstrongs can help the younger generation experience employment.

What is Experience Employment?

Experience Employment is a new campaign at Armstrongs Group, in which we hope to introduce young people to new opportunities. We want young people to learn about the working world, and get ahead of the curve. I aim to help young people to the open doors of Armstrongs and how they can widen their views of their futures.

Image of our work experience student Thomas, from Bolton Sixth Form College, down at our stone yard.

Being a young person myself, I believe I will be able to connect to my audience in an effective way for both me and them. Also, I wish to make an impact on the community as well to spread this message to more and more young people, who may feel a sense of anxiety towards work.

The young people of today are sometimes looked at negatively in recent society and we think this is unfair. We at Armstrongs want to help those young people, show their potential and show what they have to offer to the world. Over the course of the Experience Employment campaign, I hope to be positively engaging with and hopefully introducing young people to new employment opportunities.

As a college student, on work placement for Armstrongs, I have learnt a great deal in my months here. Including a wide range of skills and knowledge, not only about aggregate and cut stone, but the working world too.

This has made me want to help young people discover that there IS a position for everyone in the workplace!

Our work experience student stood next to one of our brand new trucks.

Our goals for Experience Employment

The main goal for Experience Employment is about creating experiences for younger people in the workplace. Armstrongs are always looking for new talent, and we believe young people have that. New ideas and fresh ways of thinking are what we love!

The Experience Employment campaign is going to posted across all our social medias, like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. So keep your eyes open, as we’ve got more on the way!

Also, if you want to read our previous blog, all about tips for your Bespoke Garden, click HERE.

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