Click on the image above to watch a message from Jo Whitfield.

You can also watch this video using the following link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dP5EylKzAU&feature=youtu.be 

Safer Colleagues, Safer Communities

No matter where you work, whether that’s in a shop, a Funeralcare branch, or even on the phones, being subjected to verbal or physical abuse should never be part of your job. There are incidents in our shops every day, and that’s why we set up our Safer Colleagues, Safer Communities campaign back in December 2018.

Next week will have been a year since 600 of our brave colleagues shared their stories as part of the Government’s call for evidence on violence and verbal abuse against shop workers and we’ve still not had a response. Read Claire’s story to find out how you can help us campaign of behalf of retail workers all over the UK next Friday.

Celebrating our #LocalHeroes

This Sunday is Father’s Day – a day to honour our family, parental bonds and fatherhood. Family comes in all shapes and sizes – some may be celebrating with their fathers, some might be celebrating in remembrance. Others might be celebrating the father figures in their lives – mothers, siblings, grandparents or even friends. Even though we’re still under some lockdown limitations and restrictions, I hope you’re able to celebrate the day and celebrate the people in your life in one way or another.

In the spirit of Father’s Day, I’d like to showcase Lee Stewart and his team. They’ve asked members of their local community for pictures of fathers, uncles, brothers, cousins and best friends to help them celebrate the lives of those who have passed. They’ve set up a wonderful picture memorial in the window of their Funeralcare Home.

Heather Wright recently conducted a funeral for a gentleman and provided mourners with a remembrance bag. The bags were filled with toffees (as he always carried toffees with him), a bottle of his favourite wine, muffins (because he loved muffins), and a voucher from his favourite local chippy.

Our Member Pioneers also continue to do amazing work, like Krystyna Koseda who has been working closely with a local foodbank, raising its profile with members of the local community. She set up collection points in Harold Wood Co-op, and even managed to work with a local supplier to help make facemasks for the foodbank for free so the colleagues at the foodbank can continue to do their work safely.

Click here to read about these Local Hero stories and more. I love hearing about the amazing work you do, so please continue to share your stories on Yammer and social media using #LocalHeroes.