Provider says its ‘Time to Change’

“We will do all we can to assist our colleagues with managing their mental health and wellbeing”.


Black Country Housing Group (BCHG) has mental health in mind – backing the ‘Time to Change’ employer pledge.

Time to Change backs a strategic aim of BCHG’s to have a ‘resilient and healthy’ workforce.

Chief executive Amanda Tomlinson said BCHG was “committed” to ensuring that it is an employer that cares about its colleagues.

“We will do all we can to assist our colleagues with managing their mental health and wellbeing,” she said.

One initiative, the Black Country Buddies, has BCHG employees trained in mental health ‘first aid’ offering free, confidential advice and arranging related mental health and wellbeing events available to all colleagues.

At the end of 2018, BCHG also signed up to West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Thrive at Work Programme, committing to promoting employee health and wellbeing.

“We are constantly looking at new ways we can support colleagues, including making our workplace a healthy environment to be, ensuring flexible working policies and sustaining an inclusive culture where no-one feels disadvantaged.” Tomlinson said.

To mark the Time to Change commitment, BCHG invited WMCA director of wellbeing Sean Russell to co-sign the pledge.

The day before, on Time to Talk day, self-help coach, Sabahat Latif provided a 90-minute workshop and a presentation on confidence, mental health and wellbeing.

This was followed by a Vintage Tea Party for colleagues from around the organisation to gather for ‘Time to Talk.’

Russell said: “I am so pleased to be supporting Black Country Housing Group who are already leading the way in engaging their workforce by raising the profile of mental health and wellbeing at work.

“This approach supports the Thrive at Work programme, where we are trying to help employers improve their staff wellbeing.

“We want the West Midlands to be the region of choice for employees and we are seeking to give the right tools to the employers that demonstrates that they care for their staff.”

WMCA stats show mental ill-health affects a huge number of people in the West Midlands, with just under 25% of adults affected by a mental health condition at an annual cost of £12.6 billion to the economy.