GroceryAid has been at the heart of the food and drink industry for over 160 years supporting colleagues through crises. Covid-19 is one of the largest challenges our nation and our trade have faced. The pandemic has shuttered businesses and kept people locked down in their homes. Jobs will be lost and household finances will take a hit as a direct result of Covid-19.
To support grocery colleagues, GroceryAid established a £1.5m Covid-19 Fund at the start of the crisis. This continues to provide enhanced mental health support and financial assistance for those in the grocery community who need it during this unprecedented period.
“Our industry has been tested like never before and colleagues have risen to the challenge. Our GroceryAid Covid-19 Fund is supporting grocery colleagues affected by this dreadful disease with the full impact of the turmoil still to hit many households.”
Steve Barnes, GroceryAid CEO
The GroceryAid Covid-19 Fund is there to help colleagues who need support now and throughout the lifetime of the pandemic and includes:
Mental Health Support
Offering ‘in the moment’ emotional and practical support for grocery colleagues dealing with shock, anxiety and stress through BACP trained counsellors, a Health & Wellbeing portal and Woebot, our friendly AI Robot app. Available to all grocery colleagues from day one of working in our industry.
Available for grocery colleagues that face unexpected financial emergencies due to Covid-19. Crisis grants are accessible to colleagues who meet GroceryAid’s financial criteria and have a year’s industry service and are non-repayable.
Bereavement Financial Assistance
Providing financial assistance for the loss of a loved one through Covid-19. Available to grocery colleagues who lose a partner or the spouse / partner of a colleague who has passed away as a result of Covid-19 whilst working in our industry.
“In the current Covid-19 crisis we know that colleagues throughout our sector are being impacted emotionally and financially. GroceryAid is proud our Covid-19 Fund continues to help those affected through our 24/7 Helpline and financial grants programmes in these unprecedented times.”
Mandi Leonard, GroceryAid Welfare Director