Sunday, 21 April 2024
Sunday, 21 April 2024

Charity feeds staff to combat cost of living crisis

Teens+, the Edinburgh-based, transitional education project for young adults with complex and severe communication needs, is taking action to support its staff during the ongoing cost of living crisis by providing free breakfast and lunch to all its staff members across its three sites. 

As the cost of living continues to rise, many people are struggling. Teens+ recognises the challenges faced by its staff and is committed to helping them in any way possible. 

The free breakfast and lunch initiative at Teens+ not only reduces the burden of ever-increasing costs for staff members but also helps to create a sense of community and support within the organisation. By sharing a meal together, staff members can connect with one another, share their experiences, and provide emotional support during difficult times. 

Simon Pearce-Madge, Head of Teens+ said:

“We wanted to do something to support our staff members who are facing financial difficulties. The cost of living crisis can have a significant impact on the health and well-being of our staff, so by providing free breakfast and lunch, we hope to create a more supportive and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and appreciated.” 

Lucy Mackay, Teens+ Project Worker said:

“It’s great for us to all have a nutritional, warm meal at work. The breakfasts and lunches allow staff to sit down together every day, helping promote a  sense of community and teamwork. Beyond the obvious financial benefit for staff, there’s also the time benefit of not having to worry about preparing our own lunches – we’re very busy, so the meals give us more time to focus on more important things in life.” 

Gail Burden, CEO of Capella, the non-profit that operates Teens+ and Sleep Scotland said:

“The social care and education sectors rely on incredible people, so looking after our staff is a top priority for us. Following the challenges brought on by COVID, we worked tirelessly to become a Living Wage accredited employer last year. We know that many people are facing financial difficulties due to the ongoing cost of living crisis, so we wanted to do something practical to support our staff members.” 

In December, Teens+ celebrated the opening of the charity’s third centre and first expansion outside Edinburgh when it opened its doors in Musselburgh. Teens+ has recently been shortlisted as Employer of the Year at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Awards 2023 and is currently recruiting full-time and sessional staff.


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