Story highlight work carried out by mental health charities

Story Plant staff have been busy raising vital funds for charity partners Mind and SAMH – with around £6,500 raised so far.

Story Plant, alongside Story Contracting and Story Homes, has pledged to support the two mental health charities over two years and to coincide with World Mental Health Day, wanted to highlight they vital work they carry out.

The company has been helping to transform The Lighthouse in Carlisle, which offers support to people in times of crisis, with the official launch of the major refurbishment set to take place on November 7.

Story has invested time, labour and materials to revamp The Lighthouse and has been supported by local firms JT Atkinson, Thomas Graham, A&W Irving Painters and Decorators, Dumfries Timber, JD Pipes, John Richardson Timber and More Handles.

Jason Butterworth, Chief Executive of Story Contracting, with Carlisle Eden Mind’s Chief Executive Officer Tara Quinn and The Lighthouse team

More projects are also planned in the coming months in Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow where the company has offices.

Fred Story, said: “We want our staff, sub-contractors and suppliers to know that support is there should they need it and we also want to help people in the areas where we work.

“We have so far had a very positive response from our office-based and site-based colleagues. 68 Story staff have now undertaken Mental Health First Aid Training with Mind and there have been several recorded instances where this training has had a life-changing impact for individuals within our business. We’re looking forward to working together to make as much of an impact as possible over the next two years.”

Tara Quinn, chief executive officer at Carlisle Eden Mind, said: “We are delighted that the Story businesses have made such a massive and long-term commitment to supporting people experiencing difficult mental health issues in this local community.

“The work being undertaken on the building which delivers The Lighthouse evening service and all of our daytime services will make an immense difference to the support we are able to provide, and also improve the environment and experience that some of the most vulnerable people we serve have when they visit us.”

World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10 every year, with the objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world.