Legal & General launch a new partnership with The Warrior Programme.
06 March 2012
Legal & General announce today the launch of their new partnership with The Warrior Programme, (Warrior), a ground breaking motivation, training and education programme that enables people suffering from deep depression and anxiety to rebuild their lives.
The programme will help the business to achieve its two year commitment by 2013, to create a "Gearing up for Work" programme, which provides 200 people looking to access work with a chance to be given valuable mentoring and employment experience within Legal & General Group Plc.
Developed in 2007, the emphasis of the Warrior programme is on the use of effective preventative measures. Specially developed techniques provide participants with the tools to deal with the painful emotions that underpin their behaviour and hinder their recovery.
An intensive 3 day programme is supported by regular workshops and networking groups over 12 months to maintain and sustain individuals' progress towards a healthy, independent life. Predominantly Warrior has adapted its focus to ex-serving men and women who are struggling in their transition to civilian life.
The outcome for participants is profound change, including reduced stress, restored confidence and the ability to set goals for the future. Early results show that 6 months after attending a course, over 60% of those who were either signed off sick or not able to work are now active in training, volunteering or other full and part-time work. All programmes are evaluated using methods recognised by both NHS and military specialists.
The Warrior programme will be working in partnership with Legal & General to share knowledge and to give insight into treatments for stress which may be appropriate for rehabilitation and provision of work well being. Legal & General provide Group Income Protection (or Group Risk) benefits for employers to offer their employees.
Graham Precey, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Legal & General said" Our own experience of training and rehabilitation have all demonstrated that early intervention and well being programmes really do help people when they may be at their lowest point. Our experiences highlight the importance of getting the right support in place to help people get well. We are keen to learn more from Warrior to help develop the support we give to our own employees and support Warrior with the use of our facilities to hold training sessions as pro bono assistance and support."
Rosemary Lemon, Group Head of Reward & Executive Remuneration said "It has been a privilege to work with the Warrior programme and see the difference it makes to the individuals who attend and learn more about how we may be able to develop our own health and wellbeing programme. We were very pleased to lend them our training facility at our Kingswood office to run the course. Legal & General also ran an extra day to assist the delegates with preparing for work, writing CV's and interview techniques. This was led by Mike Brewin, Head of Training in our Bank and Building Society Distribution Division and was very well received. We look forward to working with Warrior on an ongoing basis to help them in this area".
Charlotte Cole from Warrior said" I am delighted that we will be working with Legal & General to share our knowledge to help them with the support they already give people through their own rehabilitation programmes. We have worked with 500 individuals to date and have built up a considerable bank of knowledge in this area. We want to add value in all our partnerships with organisations and are grateful for the support they can give us in terms of practical help such as venues and facilities for our workshops."
Notes to editors
The information contained in this press release is intended solely for journalists and should not be relied upon by private investors or any other persons to make financial decisions.
The Legal & General Group, established in 1836, is one of the UK's leading financial services companies. As at 30 June 2011, we were responsible for investing £370 billion worldwide on behalf of investors, policyholders and shareholders. We also had over seven million customers in the UK for our life assurance, pensions, investments and general insurance plans.
The Warrior Programme (Warrior) was established in 2007, by Charlotte Cole and Eva Hamilton, MBE. Warrior is a registered charity, based in London and largely run by volunteers. Visit www.warriorprogramme.org.uk
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