April 2022

STF WIN BRONZE AWARD FROM ARMED FORCES COVENANT

We are extremely proud to announce that The Standing Tall Foundation has been awarded winners of The Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award. This is in national recognition of our commitment to the Armed Forces.

The Armed Forces Covenant supports those who have or do proudly protect our nation, who do so with honour, courage, and commitment.

They acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.

The covenant focuses on helping members of the armed forces community have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen.

This support is provided in a number of areas including:

  • education and family well-being
  • having a home
  • starting a new career
  • access to healthcare
  • financial assistance
  • discounted services

We are passionate about working alongside them, and delivering the services as a Foundation that we do, to further help Servicemen or Ex-servicemen in the community and surrounding areas.

Our Founder Andy Reid MBE says “After a number of years working as a brand ambassador for Morson Group and Auxesia Homes and a few other corporate companies and guiding them though signing the covenant, It’s fantastic that my foundation has now signed and achieved the bronze award. We will not be resting on this and will be going for the silver award as soon as possible.”

WHO HAVE WE HELPED THIS MONTH?

Here at STF, our key aim is to promote the mental and physical health of all community groups, which we further extend to those in financial hardship via the provision of grants, resources or services made available to us.

It has therefore been incredibly busy at the Foundation in the last few months, as we have not only been helping community groups via various initiatives and group sessions, but also people on an individual basis who have found themselves in need.

Here are some of the highlights from the last month:

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Ex-serviceman Kabelo Moeletsi, former infantry, 3rd Battalion, Yorkshire reached out to our Chairman of the Foundation Andy, who he served with in Afghanistan, when he found himself in a very difficult situation. He was struggling to find work, and currently sofa surfing in Bristol. Within hours, he was on a train to St. Helens and Andy had found him somewhere to live with the help of one of our Foundation Partners – Cosey Rentals.

Through his close working partnership with Menzies Distribution, Andy was able to liaise with Fleet & Engineering Manager, Anthony Roe, who Andy had served with in Northern Ireland. Their combined understanding of the needs of veterans enabled them to find Kabelo the right role and put support in place.

The following morning, Kabelo went for an interview at Menzies, and we are delighted to report that he not only got the job, but is also now successfully training as a shunter driver at their Ellesmere Port depot.

As Andy says “Veterans don’t need a handout! What they need is a hand up onto the employment and housing ladder and to feel VALUED.”

WALK FOR WELLNESS

At the start of March, we launched our “Walk for Wellness” initiative, led every Thursday, by our physical and wellbeing coach Terry Bates.

The walks are designed to allow you to escape from the everyday stresses of life and dedicate some time to YOU.

These sessions allow you to walk and talk, therefore improving your mental wellbeing, as well as getting you fitter in the process! They are walking routes that explore the local nature in St. Helens, helping you to feel more in touch with the world around you and guaranteed to boost your emotional health.

You can find out more here.

HEALTH, WELLBEING & RESILIENCE BUILDING SCHOOL INITIATIVE

Our Physical Health and Wellbeing Coach, Terry Bates recently delivered a highly successful training course in Health, Wellbeing & Resilience Building to the Year 5 pupils at St. Bartholomew’s Primary School in Rainhill.

The main aim of the programme was to build confidence and mental strength using a range of teaching and facilitating methods. Children’s Health can be affected by many situations and experiences. This course was aimed at developing confidence, a stronger mindset and self – awareness towards the many areas of an individual’s health and wellbeing. The aim was to build pupil resilience for improvement and prepare them to become the best version of themselves.

Our Chairman Andy Reid MBE also contributed to the course by delivering a brilliant introduction on dealing with adversity and Developing Mental Toughness.

We are currently seeking funding in order to be able to roll this fantastic initiative out to more schools in St. Helens and the surrounding areas.

You can find out more here.

STF NEW PARTNERS UPDATE MARCH

It’s been a fantastic and rewarding month here at the Foundation, and we cannot thank our Partners enough for the continued support they have shown. This enables us to deliver our Counselling and addiction support services, as well as helping people on a group and individual level.

We are excited to announce that we have gained 3 new partners in the last month to add to our Foundation Partner stable.

Holland Alexander

Holland Alexander have been creating high-end events, production and audience campaigns since 2005. As well as an impressive International client portfolio, they also create fantastic digital events for awards ceremonies, unique packages and business conferencing.

After meeting Andy as a guest speaker at one of their live events in 2021, they were inspired by his story, how much he has achieved, and his mission to help others. They were delighted when Andy reached out to them to work with us on producing future events for the Foundation.

 Andy Reid MBE said: I first met Holland Alexander when I was booked as a speaker for a corporate event in Leeds. I arrived the night before the event and was met by Louise and fully briefed on next day’s plan even though it was clear Louise was extremely busy, she took the time to do that which I thought was very professional, and the next day the event was amazing and nothing was took much trouble. So when it came to planning my own event it was a no brainier to contact them. Myself and everyone at the Standing Tall foundation are delighted to have them as a foundation partner and very much look forward to working with them on future events.”

We are ecstatic that Holland Alexander have proudly announced the Standing Tall Foundation as their Charity of the Year 2022.

You can read the full story here.

Chorley Group

Founded as a family business back in 1989, Chorley Group has grown into an award winning organisation operating internationally with six key dealerships and four franchises across the North-West of England in Lancashire/Greater Manchester.

Chorley Group Chairman/Founder Andrew Turner began trading in 1989 as Bugle Inn Motor Co with a firm commitment to develop a reliable family business brand in the North West England. Over 30 years on, Chorley Group now operate some of the world’s largest motor franchises.

Andrew says “Our family ethic and values set us apart from our competitors. We are founded on and remain focused on the principle that no matter what we will be, “Big enough to cope…but Small enough to care”.

Steve Caunce

Originally formed in 1985 as a partnership by Steve and Lynn Caunce, after facing redundancy for the fourth time, they decided to go it alone. Purchasing one van and a jetting machine they worked from their dining room at home. The business has expanded and moved three times over the years, each time to a bigger premises and started trading as a Limited company in 1999.

Steve Caunce Limited are Environmental, Industrial Drainage and Pump Specialists with over 30 years’ experience in the industry and a large portfolio of Blue Chip clients.

We are delighted to have you all on board and looking forward to working together from now on!

If you are interested in becoming a Foundation Partner, please contact our CEO and Co-Founder John Tabern.

john@thestandingtallfoundation.org.uk

You can find out more about our current partners here

HEALTH, WELLBEING & RESILIENCE TRAINING COURSE INITIATIVE LAUNCHED

Our Physical Initiative and Wellbeing Coach Terry Bates recently delivered a highly successful training course in Health, Wellbeing & Resilience Building to the Year 5 pupils at St. Bartholomew’s Primary School.

School is a fun and exciting time, but it is also full of countless challenges, setbacks, failures, and difficult situations. Just like adults, children have to deal with pressure, stress and challenges and still perform at school.

As children transition from Junior to High School, they need to start learning to listen to the teacher to improve and thrive.

This course was designed to develop awareness towards health and to build self-confidence and resilience to enable this.

The main aim of the programme was to build confidence and mental strength using a range of teaching and facilitating methods. Children’s Health can be affected by many situations and experiences. This course was aimed at developing confidence, a stronger mindset and self – awareness towards the many areas of an individual’s health and wellbeing. The aim was to build pupil resilience for improvement and prepare them to become the best version of themselves.

Our Chairman Andy Reid MBE also contributed to the course by delivering a brilliant introduction on dealing with adversity and Developing Mental Toughness.

Other topics covered over the duration of the course were:

  • Our Holistic Health  –  Resilience and life effects
  • Basic First Aid – Medical conditions,  dealing with situations.
  • Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing – Self Confidence,  Working up the confidence scale
  • Aiming High – Be the best version of you, Making decisions, positive outlook
  • Team Building activities and problem solving

The course ended with the children being presented with a certificate of achievement by Terry and our Chairman Andy Reid MBE.

We are currently seeking funding in order to be able to roll this fantastic initiative out to more schools in St. Helens and the surrounding areas.

To discuss how we could work with your school, please contact:

Terry Bates 07799 033323

terry@standingtallfoundation.org.uk

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