On Wednesday 12th June over 100 MPs and industry leaders gathered at the Houses of Parliament for the launch of GroceryAid’s new Workplace Critical Incident Support. The new service, funded by the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust, provides professional counselling support to grocery colleagues after an accident, robbery or assault in the workplace.
GroceryAid is partnering with CiC, specialists in workplace counselling, to provide professional counsellors to run group or 1-2-1 sessions which provide practical advice and tools to help individuals manage their feelings and emotions.
GroceryAid Chief Executive, Steve Barnes commented: “Sadly there are incidents and accidents in grocery workplaces and we are delighted to introduce a service to support colleagues affected by these. We are acutely aware of rising numbers of attacks on independent retail colleagues, which can have lasting effects. As the charity for the entire grocery sector, we are pleased to expand our support offering to be there for colleagues and companies dealing with the aftermath of trauma.”
Lord Price CVO, Life Patron of GroceryAid, sponsored the event, which was also supported by the Association of Convenience Stores and the FWD.