CVS cares about and is committed to supporting the wellbeing and mental health of all its employees.
We recognise that our profession is at higher than average risk of mental health problems.
We are committed to raising awareness and tackling the stigma that surrounds mental health issues. We aim to create a culture where employees are able to talk openly and honestly about their wellbeing and mental health and to report difficulties without fear of discrimination or reprisal.
We have an Employee Assistance Programme that is available 24/7 365 days a year. They have a confidential helpline staffed by trained counsellors to support not only you but also your immediate family when you need it the most. They also have a huge wealth of wellbeing resources available online or via their App, containing things like webinars, mini health checks and plans, blogs and much more.
We also have a network of Wellbeing Champions/ First Aiders for Mental Health who can be identified by local posters and communications, as well as via the Health and Wellbeing pages of the intranet (Pulse). These colleagues are trained in First Aid for Mental Health and can provide initial support to a colleague in distress. These colleagues will also promote wellbeing initiatives.
We also have our Pastoral Support Vets Heather and Jen.
CVS is committed to improving Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). We want to be the company most people want to work for and that includes all the wonderful, diverse people, all who have something valuable to give. In the last year we have reinvigorated our CVS EDI Committee and created five Colleague EDI Groups with focuses on Ability & Neurodiversity, Ethnicity, Gender, LGBTQ+ and Social Mobility. Our focus is on making CVS a great place to work and to have a career for everyone, no matter who you are, your background, or how you identify.