Student Life took home their first National Award at the InsideOut Awards in May, held at the Troxy in Canary Wharf, London.
The InsideOut Awards ‘celebrate individuals and companies that have inspired positive change, true commitment and courageousness to enable real change within their field towards creating mentally healthier workplaces during the past year’.
On winning the ‘SME Employer of the Year’ category, Richard Stewart, CEO said “Being shortlisted in our category was a superb accolade for the team but winning on the night took this to a whole different level. National recognition of the fact that Student Life puts emotional wellbeing at the heart of everything the charity does is fantastic. Our approach to mental health awareness is so very important to the whole structure of our organisation and being able to celebrate this award with the team in London was an amazing feeling”.
The SME Employer of the Year category recognises an SME who has implemented the best mental health and wellbeing programme in the year focussing on recovery and prevention.
The judges’ comments commended Student Life’s approach to their workplace wellbeing as being ‘creative’, and ‘holistic’.
Heather-Mae Cutts, Film Manager, spoke of the win, “I am delighted that Student Life’s approach to employee wellbeing has been highlighted through this award category. We’re proud of our initiative which consists of policies and benefits to ensure wellbeing is prioritised within working hours and outside of work. Our team’s relationship has strengthened as a result of wellbeing days and group activities which in turn enables us to work more collaboratively.”
Student Life were finalists in five categories, two of which were nominations for Richard Stewart, CEO in the Line Manager of the Year category and the People Leader of the Year category. Rachel Mitchell, Director, says “We’re incredibly proud of Richard for being a finalist in these two awards and for being recognised nationally for the hard work that goes on behind the scenes in running a charity. Richard has spearheaded real change in the workplace, creating a culture of acceptance and inclusivity that celebrates mental health and encourages positive and open discussions. We are grateful for the opportunity to share our initiatives with other organisations.”
It’s set to be a successful year for Student Life and this award is a welcomed boost as the team continue to roll out their projects across the country.
For more information about the awards, visit: www.insideoutawards.xyz