Charities are fantastic at looking after other people but in a sector where money and resources are often tight they can overlook the needs of their own employees and volunteers, leading to mental health issues and problems with retention. Brought to you by Third Sector, the Wellbeing in the Third Sector Breakfast Briefing will feature case studies and best practice presentations from industry leaders and HR and recruitment experts that will outline how to implement wellbeing initiatives that will help create a healthy modern working environment. The sessions will particularly focus on how to introduce initiatives in organisations where it can be hard justify spending money on employee health and wellbeing schemes, and where managers oversee a disparate workforce of volunteers, part-time and remote workers.

This briefing will be held under Chatham House Rules to encourage an honest and open discussion.

09:00 Registration, networking and breakfast

09:30 Welcome from Third Sector and Introduction

Emily Burt, Deputy Editor, Third Sector

09:35 Keynote presentation: How healthy is the third sector?

  • A quick overview of the most challenging aspects facing charities and their staff in 2020

Ash Thomas, talent and organisational development manager, British Heart Foundation

09:55 The Business Case for wellness: How GOSH implemented their first wellness week in 2019, and why these initiatives can deliver a good return on investment

Louise Parkes, chief executive officer, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

10:15 People before tech: Why one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to implementing new technology in the workplace

Speaker to be confirmed

10:35 Why thinking differently is key to a healthy working environment: how to use coaching tools to put yourself in your colleagues shoes

Jo Stone, head of public fundraising, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

10:55 Panel Discussion:Examining the unique challenges of working within the Third sector

  • When funding is limited, how should charity leaders ensure that employee wellbeing is still a priority?
  • What are the methods that charities can use to unite an often disparate workforce of leaders, back office staff and volunteers?
  • Are there vehicles for smaller charities to pool their resources and support sector wide mental health and wellbeing schemes
Emma Mamo, head of workplace wellbeing, Mind
Peter Reeve, head of HR, Motor Neurone Disease Association and chair, Charity HR Network
Ama Afrifa-Tchie, head of culture and wellbeing, Mental Health First Aid England

11:20 Networking coffee break

11:50 Outlining best practice when implementing a wellbeing initiative in your workplace

Rachel Suff, senior policy relations adviser, CIPD

12:15 Close of conference