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The pandemic and resulting economic impacts on individuals, families and communities have placed renewed focus on companies’ roles in society, and how they can contribute to addressing social inequalities
Our work with Neptune Energy will be one of a series of new partnerships, where the leading international independent exploration and production firm aims to lend its support to a range of social investment initiatives and work closely with charitable organisations, in line with the company’s support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to address global challenges such as poverty and inequality.
Neptune will partner with Mental Health UK and will fund a project to ensure people living with mental illness in some of the most remote, rural communities can get online and access support services. This particularly impacts older people who may not have access to a smart phone or computer, or lack the knowledge and skills on how to use available support networks without some level of assistance.
Neptune will also support Clic – our peer support website which provides people across the UK with access to community support, 24 hours a day. Neptune employees will have the opportunity to be trained as volunteers to join a community of moderators that assist visitors to the site.
– Jim House, Chief Executive Officer at Neptune Energy
“Mental health and youth unemployment are significant issues that affect the wider communities in which we operate as well as our own employees and their families.
“The pandemic has led to a massive surge in unemployment. Even before the pandemic, nearly 68 million young people were unemployed globally. We also know that the psychological impacts of COVID-19 have been significant and are likely to have a lasting effect in the years to come, with levels of stress, depression, self-harm and suicide rates all expected to rise.
“These social initiatives are about making a difference where we can, and we want to develop mutually beneficial and long-term partnerships that can make a real and meaningful difference to people’s lives.”
– Brian Dow, Chief Executive at Mental Health UK
“Millions of people across the UK have had to deal with the isolating effects of lockdown during the pandemic. But for people who are older and in rural communities this can be a double disadvantage, So we are thrilled to be working with Neptune Energy to help digitally equip, skill up and give access to online support so that they can stay connected with friends and loved ones.”
Just £10 could help pay for a call to our advice and information line, supporting someone living with mental illness who may be feeling in distress during this time.Donate today
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