The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland​

Wellbeing culture at the Donkey Sanctuary Ireland​

This award is to commend the work of the Donkey Sanctuary in how it supports its employees in difficult times. The high level of demand for sanctuary has been challenging for employees when they cannot deal with all requests. In response, wellbeing was brought to the fore - on a shoestring budget.

Their approach was to train mental health first aiders to support employees. The judges wanted to highlight how they recognised the care and support needs of the mental health first aiders and organised counselling to help them deal with their own stresses. This care is a central aspect of supporting mental health and we want to recognise the Donkey Sanctuary for this approach, as it was not a strong theme in other wellbeing entries.