“I was first introduced to Hospitality Action via a good friend of mine who also owns his own restaurant and, like me, was mad enough to be doing one of the charity’s gruelling bike rides – I think he came second, I was nearly last, but that’s not the point!
I’ve been in the Hospitality industry for over 35 years and have been lucky to enjoy, in the main, a successful career with huge support from family, friends, peers, employees and customers. But not everyone is as fortunate.
And that’s where Hospitality Action comes in. Financial, emotional or mental difficulties can strike any of us at any time, so it’s heartening to know that there’s a specific charity out there to provide help and support if things go wrong, even in retirement. Through my own team, I’ve seen first-hand what a difference its Employee Assistance Programme can make to people’s everyday lives.
We all know how tough this industry can be and that the true success of each and every one of our businesses is down to the people who work by our side on a daily basis, which is why all of us at AIR see it as essential that we support Hospitality Action as our chosen charity. Maybe you’d like to, too?”
“I am delighted that AIR has chosen Hospitality Action to be its Charity Partner, as we share the same passion for helping and supporting those in the Hospitality sector. In 2017, we celebrate our 180th year and it is only thanks to supporters like AIR and its Members that we are able to continue to carry out our vital work. We are looking forward to joining forces with AIR to help make things better and brighter for individuals across our wonderful industry.”
Chief Executive, Hospitality Action
Hospitality Action’s work
Hospitality Action offers financial, practical and emotional support to people who work – or have worked – in hospitality anywhere in the UK. Beneficiaries come from all areas of the industry and may find themselves in difficulty for any number of reasons. An extended illness, bereavement, relationship breakdown or redundancy can all put a strain on people’s finances but, sometimes, all it takes is the smallest change in circumstances to tip the balance.
In addition to its grants programme, it has the only Employee Assistance Programme designed specifically for people in hospitality. So far, 140 companies have signed up to the programme, meaning over 100,000 employees are now able to access advice and support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Hospitality Action receives no government funding and so relies on all of us within the hospitality industry for its very survival. If you would like to sign up your employees to its Employee Assistance Programme – or if you’d like to make a donation, volunteer or help in some other way – please get in touch with them.