On Wednesday 12th June over a hundred MPs and industry leaders gathered at the Houses of Parliament for the launch of GroceryAid’s new Workplace Critical Incident Support.  The new service, which is funded by the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust, aims to provide professional counselling support to grocery colleagues in the aftermath of an accident, robbery or assault in the workplace.

GroceryAid is partnering with CiC, specialists in workplace counselling, to provide professional counsellors who visit site to run either 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 that can be there to support colleagues affected by these.  Right now in particular, we are acutely aware of rising numbers of attacks on independent retail colleagues – these attacks 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.”

Steve Williams, from the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust, said “We are delighted to fund the introduction of GroceryAid’s Workplace Critical Incident Support. The Charity plays a crucial role within the grocery industry, supporting colleagues when they need it most. This new service will help individuals deal with the emotional aftermath of traumatic events.”

Lord Price CVO, Life Patron of GroceryAid, sponsored the event which was also supported by the Association of Convenience Stores and the Federation of Wholesale Distributors.

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