14th May 2019

This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week (13th-19th May) and GLL, the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise, is continuing its commitment to improving mental health throughout the areas it operates in, with the introduction of new staff training modules, to help improve the wellbeing of not only the customers that use its services, but the staff that provide them.

In March 2017, GLL signed the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation to promote the benefits to health and wellbeing that can be realised through sport and physical activity to members, the wider community and employees. GLL is committed to providing affordable facilities that promote health and wellbeing, as well as providing staff with the tools needed to provide a service that is conducive to good mental health.

GLL is launching three major new training modules providing nationally accredited training (IHASCO) for Mental Awareness, Mental Health Awareness for Managers and Stress Awareness.

The new modules will be delivered in addition to existing mental health awareness sessions, currently delivered as part of staff safeguarding training.

Lorraine Patrinos, Associate Director of Learning & Organisational Development at GLL, said: “We are delighted to introduce our new training modules. At GLL, we remain committed to helping people to improve and maintain their mental wellbeing as well as their physical health and fitness.

“In the UK, 1 in 6 of the population will experience a common mental health problem over the last year, while 1 in 6 British workers are affected by mental health issues on an annual basis. Therefore, it is important that we continue to provide wellbeing provision that not only benefits the customers using our services, but our fantastic staff that deliver them.

“As a worker-owned charitable social enterprise, it’s no surprise that people sit at the heart of our business. Our people play a critical role in delivering high quality services to customers and clients and in turn, we invest considerable time and resources to ensure that their health and wellbeing is our priority.”

Hayley Jarvis, Head of Physical Activity at MIND said: “We’ve been working with GLL since they signed up to the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation to embed the tools that they need to support the wellbeing of customers and staff.

“The Sports and Physical activity sector as a whole has a massive part to play in supporting the wellbeing of customers, staff and participants and it’s great to see GLL taking a lead in this area. We’re looking forward to continue working with GLL on their journey.”

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About GLL/Better:

Established in 1993, GLL is the largest UK-based charitable social enterprise delivering leisure, health and community services. Operating under the Better brand, we manage 270 public sport and leisure centres, 113 libraries and 10 childrens centres in partnership with 50 local councils, public agencies and sporting organisations.  GLL has 850,000 members and welcomes 54 million customer visits per year.

Alongside our core leisure and library divisions, we also operate in sport and legacy development, health intervention and education – as well as running the GLL Community Foundation focussed on supporting local projects and the GLL Sport Foundation; the largest independent athlete support programme in the UK, focussed on supporting today’s and tomorrow’s athletes.