PwC NI leads mental health awareness project to #TakeOverTheCity

Around 1000 people will be in Belfast to #TakeOverTheCity as part of PwC Northern Ireland’s annual day of fundraising and volunteering to raise awareness of mental health.

Over 30 organisations in Belfast are coming together for ”One Firm One Day” including NI Hospice, Sustrans, TAMHI, the Ulster Orchestra, Netball NI and the IFA. Projects are being organised across the city, involving members of the public and schools, supporting our theme of mental health,  wellbeing and social mobility.

This is the tenth year the professional services firm has run the event. More than 200,000 people have taken part in projects across the UK, raising over £750,000 for charities.

PwC NI Chairman Paul Terrington said:

“As one of Northern Ireland’s leading employers, ensuring we support our people’s mental health is a key priority. Northern Ireland has the highest prevalence of mental illness in the UK, and future generations will need greater help to overcome it. By empowering our people to participate in this  brilliant day in the firm’s calendar, we’re helping them to not only talk about the issue but also make a difference as leaders in their own communities.

“This is the first time we’ve brought together so many different organisations on a single day, and I look forward to seeing the legacy it creates.”

Among the 35 projects are a digital employment session with the Belfast South Community Resource, a Mental Health Games with TAMHI in north Belfast, a music therapy session with the Ulster Orchestra in Shankill, a fun run across the city as well as a family fun day at Malvern Primary School in west Belfast.

Earlier this year PwC launched its educational social mobility programme with Malvern Primary School. The headteacher Genevieve McSorley commented:

“We’re already seeing an impact from the partnership, and it is reaching right into the heart of the community. Through things like a funded breakfast club, we’re helping children get the right start to their school day and with extracurricular clubs, our pupils are learning key soft skills which are essential for their future.

“With initiatives like this, we can help these young people achieve their potential by creating opportunities that they would otherwise not have.”

 

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