PUSH, which is on a mission to make work better for three million people over three years, will support the charity’s team and help to empower its clients, including those in employment, by offering positive mental wellbeing advice and solutions.
Upwards of 400,000 people in the UK have some level of sight and hearing impairment which hugely affects their day-to-day living and can lead to anxiety and isolation. Deafblind UK offers practical and emotional support, information and advice plus help with technology and holidays.
The partnership with PUSH will provide another level of resource and equip both Deafblind staff and those who use the service with the tools to navigate numerous daily challenges.
Roger Wilson-Hinds, Deafblind UK Trustee with hearing and sight loss, says: “This collaboration is all about sharing, growing and learning. We all have knowledge to offer each other. The sum of poor hearing and poor sight is much bigger than those two parts, the combined effect is immense. Older people in particular can become increasingly isolated and hopefully, with the additional support and expertise of PUSH, we can intervene and reassure in a preventative way so they don’t drift into deep mental anxiety.”
PUSH Founder Cate Murden says: “It’s been truly humbling to learn how people cope with sight and hearing loss and to hear the profound and restricting effects it has on their lives. We aim to make life better for everyone affected, not just those in work, and we’re totally committed to this work and the potential it can unlock. The best partnerships grow and develop over time and there is just so much we can achieve together.”
The move coincides with the launch of PUSH In Your Pocket (PIYP), an app-based digital trainer which expands clients’ live PUSH sessions by offering personalised content whenever they want it, making digital libraries of solution-focused resources in mental health, wellbeing, development and leadership all accessible anytime via their phone.
“Incorporating digital solutions is a crucial part of our strategy and Deafblind UK has told us technology can be a salvation for those with poor sight and hearing, “ says Cate.
“Many organisations need help to support their team’s wellbeing and development and this partnership with the charity and our new app are two exciting developments that have the capability to bring about real, lasting change in people’s lives – at work and more widely.”
Since its founding in 2014 London-based PUSH has run wellbeing/resilience programmes with a range of companies and organisations, focusing on mental health and wellbeing to empower employees to thrive in their workplace. Through its work tens of thousands of employees have been helped to enhance their working lives with many organisations being supported free of charge.