Programme extended to assist with the health and wellbeing of small business owners

Warwickshire County Council has extended its Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to support owners and staff at town centre businesses with their health and wellbeing.

The County Council has allocated funding and worked with the EAP provider to extend the programme to help employees and business leaders in town centre micro and small businesses.

The programme will be available from Tuesday, September 1 to businesses with 10 or fewer employees operating in the towns of Warwickshire who may need help.

This includes access to information, support and guidance (including coaching and counselling where appropriate) on a wide range of topics including work, career, relationships, family, money management, debt and health and wellbeing.

The support will be available on an on-going basis subject to funding.

Cllr Les Caborn, portfolio holder for Adult Social Care and Health at Warwickshire County Council, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic as we all know has caused upheaval and stress throughout the entire community.

“Warwickshire County Council and its local authority and business partners is doing what it can to support the economy and jobs in Warwickshire through its Economic Recovery Plan.

“We recognise that this has been a particularly difficult time for micro and small businesses operating in town centres.

“Small businesses like these do not have the HR departments that larger organisations have that can provide assistance around mental health and wellbeing at times like this.

“With this in mind, we are extending our internal Employee Assistance Programme to the employees and owners of micro and small businesses in town centres.”

Companies and individuals interested can access the service by contacting business@warwickshire.gov.uk.

Please provide a name, contact phone number, email address, business name and postcode. This will register the enquiry with the EAP provider for the service who will then make contact.

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