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Launch of Birmingham Business Wellbeing Alliance
The Birmingham-based business support charity ‘ChaplaincyPlus’ has launched the ‘Birmingham Wellbeing Alliance’ (BWA) in response to the growing need in the area of mental ill-health. According to ‘Thriving At Work,’ a study commissioned by the Prime Minister in late 2017, mental health issues are the number one cause of sickness absences in the UK. The study found that nearly half of all long-term absence or sick leave in the country is attributed to mental health issues.
The BWA project will be managed by Tim Skene, an experienced wellbeing champion and service coordinator. Under Tim’s leadership, the BWA will offer businesses in the greater Birmingham area thought leadership and practical support including a listening service, all of which will enable business leaders to improve staff wellbeing. Tim holds an economics degree and has experience in commodities and financial accounts management. He has also held senior positions in various charities.
Tim says, ‘I am excited about taking the lead in this new initiative and using my experience as a transformational life coach in the financial sector, where I support senior managers with coaching strategies that minimise stress and enable people to become more confident and effective. After operating within highly stressful work environments that affected my career and personal relationships, I understand systemic issues in institutions. This understanding informs the support I offer individuals and leaders.’
Joe Wilson, Director of St Philips Chambers, who are among the founder-members of the BWA says, ‘ChaplaincyPlus has provided us with an outstanding Listening Service, giving our barristers and staff team a safe confidential space to talk. As a Chambers we are passionate about good wellbeing provision and being part of the Birmingham Wellbeing Alliance will assist our people to continue to flourish in the workplace.’
Steve Bavington, ChaplaincyPlus Executive Director, writes, ‘This appointment enables us to fulfil a key part of our charity’s strategy, to support and inspire the Birmingham business community to live life to the full. Tim has led, managed and mentored individuals and teams for 25 years and is passionate about seeing them gain greater confidence in their performance and workplace leadership. The BWA will be an alliance of organisations working together in Birmingham so that each workplace will be among the ‘very best’, enabling every employee to flourish at work and beyond.’