How we help your workers manage stress and do social good

by | Apr 15, 2019 | Access Network (16-18), Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, Volunteering

Today, mental health is one of the biggest HR issues faced by UK employers. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)’s latest Labour Force Survey, 49% of all working days lost in 2016-2017 were reported as being due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety.

But, it’s not just employees that are suffering from stress. The current generation of young people entering the workforce is seeing higher stress levels than ever with 60% of 18-24-year-olds reporting stress related to the pressure to succeed. This is one of the many reasons why we run workshops in stress management, so that young diverse school leavers can get the support and guidance from our corporate volunteers that they miss in education.

Talking to someone about things that cause me stress really helped me to identify where the stress I experience comes from and trying to find a possible solution to my stress. It also helped me realise that not everything is worth stressing for and that some things are just out of our control.

– Student, Stress Management workshop

Volunteers and students working together

These workshops are designed to give students real-life support and experience from both our team and the corporate volunteers. Volunteers get to interact and support the students directly and the sessions are interactive and rewarding for all involved.

Learning how to manage stress

Our stress management workshop is hugely popular with both students and volunteers. With one in 5 UK workers experiencing moderate to high levels of work-related stress, it’s clear why. It helps attendees identify and implement strategies to help them deal well with the everyday stresses of life, along with the bigger ‘stress spikes’.

For young people, understanding their stress spikes and getting support from real people has a huge impact on their life-long career and personal success. School-aged young people have reported their biggest causes of stress being school (65%) and their future (42%). Having these workshops, particularly during pivotal points in their lives such as exams, provides support that is sorely missed in schools and education. 

The workshop covers:
– Understanding the role stress plays in performance
– Recognising your current stress levels
– Understanding your stress triggers
– Strategies to increase your capacity to deal with stress
– Stop, start, continue – practical ways to avoid and manage stress

Doing social good through workshops

When you help others it promotes positive physiological changes in the brain associated with happiness. These rushes are often followed by longer periods of calm and can eventually lead to better wellbeing. Supporting others by sharing knowledge, experience and offering support is incredibly valuable for the volunteer, student and business. It can improve not only stress levels but employee engagement and job satisfaction, highlight skills that may not have been highlighted before and enhance the employer brand. 

Being a part of a volunteering group, such as the Access Network, also leads to a feeling of belonging and community. By doing social good together you enhance loyalty, build relationships between departments and increase communication levels. 

Success Skill Workshops for your business

Stress management isn’t the only workshop we do. Your volunteers can benefit from working with young people in networking skills, interviews, managing relationships, future choices and how to handle a fine dining experience. If you’re interesting in knowing more, email us on

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