The Insurance Charities form Charity Partnership with Aware

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Adrienne O’Sullivan, President of the Insurance Charities, is pictured with colleague Ray O’Doherty (left) and Dominic Layden, CEO, Aware at the announcement of a new partnership between The Insurance Charities and Aware. The partnership has been forged in order to highlight Aware’s positive mental health programmes and services to present and past employees of the insurance industry and their families who may be dealing with challenging times.

Year-long partnership will highlight Aware’s services to insurance industry workers and raise funds

The Insurance Charities, which has been supporting insurance employees and their dependants for over 100 years, has today announced a new partnership with Aware, the national organisation providing support, education and information around depression and related conditions. The partnership aims to highlight Aware’s services to the thousands of present and past employees in the Insurance sector in Ireland and to also raise much-needed funds for the nationwide services.

Speaking today Adrienne O’Sullivan, President of The Insurance Charities explained why this new partnership is such a welcome development: “Each year The Insurance Charities pays out over €1.5 million to past and present insurance people and their families who are going through difficult times. This help can be the difference between pulling through and going under. More recently the Charity’s Board has felt that financial help is sometimes not enough. Following a needs analysis it was agreed that we would talk with a number of charitable organisations who are specialists in key areas. We are so pleased to work with Aware and to highlight their very effective and valuable services around depression to our colleagues.”

Dominic Layden, Chief Executive Officer of Aware said; “We are really pleased to partner with The Insurance Charities and to reach out to employees of the insurance sector. Aware provides effective, evidence-based and independently evaluated services that can and do make a real and helpful difference in many people’s lives. It is fantastic to see an organisation like The Insurance Charities think about the practical needs of colleagues who are facing challenges and linking up with partner agencies like Aware to make it easier for people to access help. ”

The partnership with Aware in Ireland follows the establishment of a similar successful partnership with Depression Alliance in the UK. Practical support and signposting given alongside financial help from The Insurance Charities aims to help individuals and families work through difficulties and see that life continues to have much to offer. The partnership will signpost Aware’s website – aware.ie – which contains extensive information about depression and related issues, as well as providing a platform to access many of Aware’s services.

The Insurance Charities

The Insurance Charities give financial and practical support to past and present employees of the UK and Irish insurance industries and their dependants. Help can be ongoing or on a one-off basis, dependent upon need. The Charities’ work is funded by corporate and individual donations from within the insurance industry. For more information telephone 1 800 812933 or visit www.theinsurancecharities.ie Correspondence address: The Insurance Institute of Ireland, 39 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. Registered in England at 20 Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HY. Charity No 206860 & Company No 74461 (a company limited by membership guarantees).

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