Dear friends and colleagues,
I wanted to write to you personally at this difficult time to offer support as well as some, hopefully, useful information as companies around the world are taking steps to contain the COVID-19 crisis.
I think most of you have been watching the events of the last few weeks unfold the same way I have: with shock, disbelief, and finally – heartache. The industry we have all worked so hard to build up is crumbling all around us amid the coronavirus crisis.
At the same time, I have never been more determined to see this through. I have also been amazed at the level of support people have shown to the hospitality industry – and to each other.
I’d like to give you a bit of an update on what resources I have found available for companies affected by the COVID-19 crisis. From emergency funds and mental health care to advise on HR issues and general support, the following charities are currently stepping up to help workers and companies alike.
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Possibly one of the largest actions currently in the works, Hospitality Action is building a fund which they can pay out as a one-off emergency grant for hospitality workers suddenly facing hardship. The applications are temporarily closed due to high demand, but keep an eye out for when the fund opens again.
Additionally, they also offer support for businesses in dealing with their employees during the COVID-19 crisis and mental health hotlines.
The Licensed Trade Charity
The LTC is researching and constantly updating its trade workers on the current updates regarding the COVID-19 crisis. The charity gathers information on where one might find help and what the government might be offering to help out the people in need. They also give advice on workers’ rights, debt, housing, employment law and benefits, and offer six free counselling sessions.
The Drinks Trust
The charity called The Drinks Trust, also formerly known as The Benevolent, is now offering help to their friends and colleagues in the drinks trade. Their services offer health and wellbeing advice, including a helpline and free therapy services, grants and financial support, and career development consultation. It also offers guidelines to businesses and individuals.
Hospitality Health is a mental health charity from Glasgow for hospitality and tourism. They aim to help people in the Scottish hospitality industry through tough times by supporting mental health and advising on wellbeing. They are currently offering additional online support during the COVID-19 crisis.
Springboard UK works with training people looking for a career in hospitality. They offer a free four-day course, spread out over three months, for people who want to broaden their prospective career in bartending. The graduates of the course earn qualifications and skills enabling them to move into full-time employment in the industry.