October 2020

The UK’s largest flooring contractor – Designer Contracts – is encouraging employees to open-up about mental health.

The company has introduced a scheme using mental health volunteers to support colleagues at the company’s 15 regional depots. Each volunteer is undertaking online training which equips them with the skills to support a number of common issues including stress and stress management. They are also trained in how to spot signs of distress and ways in which to start a supportive conversation.

Said Designer Contracts md, Peter Kelsey: “Mental health is just as important as physical wellbeing, and we are proud to be introducing our very own volunteer scheme in what has been an incredibly difficult year for many. We have always tried to support our employees in any way we can – whether that’s through the various benefits we offer – including Westfield Health cover – but this takes things a little further.

“I’d like to personally thank all who have volunteered – we are sure it is going to make a huge difference to the wellbeing of our staff.”

Deb Heath, a customer service manager from the West Midlands region and now a mental health volunteer, said: “Mental health used to be a subject that had a bit of a stigma surrounding it and I am so proud that we are breaking down those boundaries and encouraging our friends and colleagues to talk.”

Kirsty Philip, a planner from the Thames Medway region said: “I put myself forward as a volunteer because it is so important to keep learning about mental health and support others.”

Operating across 15 regional outlets throughout the UK, Designer Contracts is now fully compliant with the UK government guidelines on managing the risk of Covid 19 – and has been certified as a ‘Covid Safe’ employer.