Wholesalers to receive incident support

New GroceryAid service to help victims of accidents, robberies and assaults

Grocery employees caught up in serious incidents in the workplace will now receive support from GroceryAid following the launch of a new scheme.

The Workplace Critical Incident Support service is funded by the Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust and will provide professional counselling support to people in the industry involve in accidents, robberies or assaults while at work.

Launched at the Houses of Parliament earlier this month, the service sees GroceryAid partner with CiC to provide professional counsellors who will visit sites to hold either group or one-two-one sessions providing practical advice and tools to help people manage their feelings following an incident.

And with several instances of forced entries or break ins at FWD member depots over the past year, the new service could provide invaluable support to the people affected by the crimes.

“Sadly there are incidents and accidents in grocery workplaces, so we’re delighted to introduce a service that can be there to support colleagues affected by these,” said GroceryAid Chief Executive Steve Barnes.

“As the charity for the entire grocery sector, we’re pleased to expand our support offering to be there for colleagues and companies dealing with the aftermath of trauma.”

The new service’s launch comes on the back of a busy time for GroceryAid, with the charity’s Impact Report highlighting an 8% increase in people receiving support and 2019 also enjoying the first awareness day.

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