Good News Stories from 2020…

12 January 2021

The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted businesses, charities and the lives of us all. Here at Una Health we decided we wanted to bring you a selection of good news stories from 2020 that illustrate how we are supporting our own community and our staff in these unprecedented times…

 

Throughout the course of 2020 we quickly realised that one of the main issues running alongside COVID-19 was mental health. With this in mind we began to focus on how to support our staff and created a range of strategies within the office, from weekly all-staff social meetings to ease the pressure and make sure everyone knew that we were here for each other, to cracking the whip and forcing staff to have hourly breaks (honestly you wouldn’t believe how hard it was to get everyone to STOP WORKING!). Our staff were happy to get involved and our support network was built.

We found that we all needed to find our own ways to be constructive in the face of change. Uncertainty is part of the journey and we now know that we need to remain positive, resilient and open to new experiences and opportunities as the uncertainty of the future continues to rumble on.

As 2020 progressed our concern grew. We knew we could look out for each other, but what about the wider picture? The pandemic began to take a heavy toll on the economy as the world locked down. We started to wonder how the situation would affect those most vulnerable in our community and it was at this point that our ongoing relationship with the Douglas MacMillan Hospice was formed. The Dougie Mac is one of the most well-known charities in our area, providing hospice services free of charge to over 3,500 patients with life-limiting illnesses in Stoke-on-Trent. The charity has touched so many people’s lives and we wanted to give something back, so we did…

On behalf of Dougie Mac we would like to thank you and everyone at Una Health for your wonderful support. It is so kind of you to consider ourselves and contribute to the funds we need to provide care for others in the future. As an independent charity with no connection to any national charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support, the hospice replies entirely on voluntary donations for 75% of the £13m each year needed to run the whole hospice. This is why your gift means so much. Quite simply Dougie Mac wouldn’t be here without the kindness of companies like Una Health. I hope you all have a merry Christmas and hopefully we all have a much better 2021.

As Christmas drew nearer, however, we decided that we wanted to do more. Staff came together (socially distanced and wearing face masks obviously) and chose three separate charities to support; The Alice Charity – who support local families living in poverty across Stoke-on-Trent & Newcastle-Under-Lyme, The Gingerbread Centre – who provide support to vulnerable and homeless families with personal development, training, accommodation and encouragement so they can regain their independence and finally Save the Children – who help children stay safe, healthy and learning in over 100 countries including the UK.

We dressed up, became uber competitive and competed in the first Una Health Bake Off and technical challenge, all in order to raise funds. The boost in morale was a happy side effect…

 

Our hope is that this troubled time is used as an opportunity for all to continue the levels of compassion and support we have shown to our colleagues and our front-line workers throughout this crisis. Not all change is positive, but in our experience, many negative changes often later present previously unseen opportunities for growth and development. On reflection, this turbulent year has strengthened our resolve that things will get better.

Different, but better.