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Awen Cultural Trust Signs Dying To Work Charter

Awen Cultural Trust has signed the Trade Union Congress’s ‘Dying to Work’ charter, marking the charity’s commitment to its employees’ health and wellbeing, particularly during a time of huge emotional stress, fear and uncertainty.

Awen, which has 135 employees based across its venues, libraries and other services in South Wales, joins other local organisations including Bridgend County Borough Council and Bridgend College in signing the charter.

Richard Hughes, Awen’s Chief Executive, said:

“At Awen, people are at the heart of what we do, and this includes our workforce.

“A terminal illness diagnosis brings with it huge emotional stress, fear, anxiety and uncertainty, and it is essential that we give each person the choice and freedom to decide what is best for them given their own individual circumstances.

“For some, it may be inappropriate to continue working or they may choose to spend their remaining time with their family and friends. For others, remaining at work may offer a sense of normality and a helpful distraction from their illness.

“Whichever choice they make, by signing this charter, we are publically demonstrating our commitment to all staff that, should they be faced with such a difficult period in their lives, their wellbeing at work will remain a priority.”

Pictured: Helen Cook, Head of People and  Richard Hughes, Chief Executive,  Awen Cultural Trust