AWARE NI, now celebrating its 25th year, was voted for by employees from the Group’s nine sites across Northern Ireland who will take part in events and activities to raise vital funds for the charity.
The funds raised will be used to help support the mental health of people living right across Northern Ireland through the online and offline support groups, and training the charity delivers to individuals of all ages.
AWARE NI has reported an increase of 46% at its support sessions over the last year, and has introduced a number of online support groups and resources in light of the pandemic.
Support groups are the core service of the charity with 24 across Northern Ireland, including two online. AWARE NI has more than 100 facilitators, all of whom are volunteers.
Roisin Donnelly, from the Group’s Donnelly Foundation, said:
“The last year has unfortunately taken its toll on the mental health of many people and I am really pleased our staff chose to acknowledge the importance of mental wellbeing and selected AWARE NI as our charity partner.
“With nine sites across Northern Ireland, the Donnelly Group is deeply engrained within the local community and supporting those around us is really important.
“Our teams are very generous and always keen to help others, so we have already had great interest in some core AWARE NI events such as the Mood Walks, the Sea Splash, abseiling and treks.
“In addition to raising funds for AWARE NI, we will also be encouraging our employees to pay the same attention to their mental health as they would to their physical health, and to take part in some of the wellbeing training programmes offered by the charity.”