Surrey based print and packaging company, Stag Print, is delighted to announce its support for local mental health organisation Oakleaf as its charity of the year for 2020.
Oakleaf is a mental health charity supporting some of the most vulnerable adults in the Surrey community. Its beneficiaries are adults aged 16 to 67 suffering from a mental illness. The organisation addresses multiple problems of social isolation, unemployment, poverty and discrimination that its clients face.
Oakleaf helps clients overcome huge barriers and works with them to rebuild their futures by actively training, engaging and supporting them to gain practical skills and the confidence needed to return to the workplace. Training programmes in subjects such as IT, horticulture and upholstery, enable clients to acquire new skills and practical work experience.
In addition, Oakleaf runs accredited mental health first aid courses for employers who wish to better understand how to support the wellbeing and mental health of their employees.
Stag Print is providing direct funding to support three people through the upholstery training course as well as sponsorship and fundraising activities throughout the year. The award winning family company is also offering the charity pro bono printing services.
Eli Beckett, fundraising and partnership manager, Oakleaf, said: ‘This is fantastic news. We really cannot thank Stag Print enough and are so happy to have the company on board for 2020. As a small regional charity, business support such as this is an essential lifeline for us and those who need our help. Our upholstery course gives our clients the opportunity to gain practical work experience in a supported environment, it is giving individuals a sense of purpose and an understanding of just how much they can achieve while managing their mental health. We are so grateful to Stag Print for its donation as this will make a real difference to our beneficiaries.’
Sushil Patel, managing director, Stag Print, added: ‘Oakleaf does amazing work in the local community and we are proud to be associated with the organisation. The stigma of mental health is slowly being eroded. And initiatives like those provided by Oakleaf, which allow people to open up and help themselves through challenging times, play an important role. We are delighted to assist in some small way.’
To learn more about Oakleaf’s work visit www.oakleaf-enterprise.org