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Venues and Events International has become the latest local employer to become a signatory to Swindon’s Dying Well Community Charter, demonstrating their commitment to supporting staff affected by the issues of death and dying, either personally or through the experience of someone close to them.

The events firm has joined 27 local companies that have already signed the charter, with more than 16,000 employees and individuals now supported. It was first launched in 2016 following a community-wide consultation to identify the issues that would matter most to the people of Swindon when they or a loved one was dying or had recently died.

Laura Law, Conference Director for Venues and Events International said this about joining the charter: “We signed the Charter because it’s so important for us as a team to get involved with local initiatives. Many of us have grown up in the Swindon area, and for us to give back to community, where many of us have been affected by the loss of a loved one, gives value in what we do in our daily lives.

As part of the initiative we are ensuring that all of our staff have access to information and support whenever they may need it. We’re also offering our corporate volunteering services and very much look forward to continuing to support the wonderful Prospect Hospice.”

Warren Finney, Head of Community Engagement at Prospect Hospice said: “We are delighted that Venues and Events International has joined many local organisations in committing to Swindon’s Dying Well Community Charter. We welcome their commitment to the Charter and we are confident that their staff will feel supported by their addition to the growing number of organisations locally who have recognised the importance of supporting staff through the difficulties they are likely to encounter when they or a loved one is dying.”

The Charter was founded by a partnership of local organisations including the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, The Great Western Hospital, Healthwatch Swindon, Public Health Swindon, Swindon Community Health Services, and the Swindon Carers Centre. This number has steadily grown since, and a full list of companies now signed up for the Charter can be found on the Prospect Hospice website.

To find out about how your organisation can sign up to Swindon’s Dying Well Community Charter, contact Michelle Jones on 01793 813355.