Jones Building Group collaborate on 'Talking Point Bench' for Mental Health Awareness

Jones Building Group collaborate on 'Talking Point Bench' for Mental Health Awareness

Friday, October 8, 2021

Posted in General News

On Thursday 30th September representatives from: -Jones Building Group -Alliance Homes -Crown Paints -We Are Aware (Mental Health CIC)   All met at Nailsea’s Millennium Park where Crown Paints supplied and installed a ‘talking point bench.'

The bench (manufactured from recycled paint tins) is in the shape of a ‘comma’ which represents  mental health survival and has  been designed to encourage people to talk. It received its official opening in time for  ‘World Mental Health Day’ on Sunday 10th October.

Jones Building Group collaborated with Crown Paints to commission the bench from Ark Plastics. The bench is the first of many benches to be coordinated by We Are Aware. Located in Millennium Park, anyone can sit, chat and relax. Talking can be beneficial for our wellbeing, especially for those experiencing tough times or facing mental health challenges.

We Are Aware and Alliance Homes formed the idea within their ongoing relationship, endeavouring to provide as much social value as possible through procurement, supporting their customers and communities.

Michael Williams (Community Investment Manager at Alliance Homes) commented:

“The social value element within supplier contracts was designed to deliver direct improvements for our communities and I’m really pleased to see such a fantastic example.”

John McGhee, (Director at We Are Aware) commented:

“Loneliness and isolation are huge factors for mental health and wellbeing. When someone is struggling, they may well withdraw and become distant.  This bench helps to recognise that even just saying ‘hi’ can be vital to someone who is struggling. I became involved with We are Aware after I lost my amazing son Max to suicide in 2017. We want to encourage others to reach out and stay connected.”

Richard Penny (Contracts Manager at Jones Building Group) commented:

“We were really pleased to get involved in this project, our teams work across the area and regularly help people in these communities so to give something back means a lot to us.”

David Spraeg (Contractor and Specification Manager at Crown Paints) commented:

“After the restrictions of Lockdown more people are experiencing mental health issues so it’s been great to help out in our own way. A bench designed as a semi colon means people can sit opposite each other and chat at a comfortable distance.”


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