The Employment and Skills Health and Wellbeing group meets regularly, and any issues or ideas can be raised with your reps:

Helen Samuel

Gillian Halpin

Jonathan Whetzel

Julie Dorey

Joanne Walker

Aaron Wilson

Gillian, Jonathan and Julie are also  your mental health first aiders, and you can speak to them informally and in confidence if you need some support.

The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is part of a range of employee benefits and is a free service available to all colleagues across the council.

It’s available 24/7 and provides confidential and professional support to colleagues with any personal or social problems, at home or in the workplace. The council’s EAP is called ‘Help: Employee Assistance’ and is provided by an independent external organisation, Optimise.

Trained counsellors can offer support and information on:

  • Bereavement
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Career / job stress
  • Childcare / eldercare
  • Alcohol and drug misuse
  • Debt
  • Legal issues
  • Relationships
  • Retirement
  • Gender identity issues
  • Trauma
  • Work-life balance

Remember, it’s completely confidential support, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The helpline number is 0800 231 5052, or visit

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