Pickles steps up for charity this September
This September, Pickles is encouraging employees to step up to the plate to help a mate, taking part in both R U OK day, an Australian suicide prevention charity encouraging meaningful conversation around mental health, and STEPtember, to raise funds for people living with cerebral palsy.
R U OK Day, on 8th September, shines a light on the need for us all to start essential conversations about mental health. Following the unprecedented challenges of navigating the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the honest answer to ‘are you okay?’ in 2022 is more likely to be ‘no’, due to the increase in the number of people suffering from psychological distress, depression, anxiety or post-traumatic trauma.
Business leaders and owners are being encouraged to build an R U OK? culture in the workplace to make employees feel safe, supported and encouraged, a philosophy backed by values-driven Pickles who are encouraging staff to start workplace conversations around mental health. This doesn’t need to be difficult and can be as simple as checking in with a colleague, listening, encouraging them to take necessary action, and checking back in regularly.
Pickles is also picking up the pace with STEPtember, encouraging all its staff across all branches to take 10,000 steps a day, every day in September, to raise much needed funds for life-changing research, treatment and services for people living with cerebral palsy.
The most common physical disability in childhood, an Australian child is born with cerebral palsy – an umbrella term for a group of incurable motor disability disorders that affect a person's ability to move and maintain balance and posture – every 20 hours.
Pickles is committed to making a meaningful impact and supporting local communities through a wide range of national and local community activities, and views STEPtember as a fun and inclusive event that is of benefit to everyone, as it encourages participants to get fit while building a more-inclusive world.