Mental health and wellbeing of staff is paramount.

We know this is a stressful time and people want to know what they can do right now to protect themselves and their families.

People may experience a variety of feelings and thoughts during the current situation with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 

Something like this is upsetting for everyone involved. 

People may be experiencing many different emotions like fear, anger, confusion and disbelief. These are all normal feelings in this type of situation. Their reactions appear in different ways, not only in the way someone feels, but in the way they think and what they think 


  • Stay informed through trusted resources 
  • Spend more time with family and friends and offer your support.
  • Be patient with yourself and others. It’s common to have any number of temporary stress reactions such as fear, anger, frustration and anxiety.
  • Encourage children to express their feelings and thoughts. Reassure them about their safety.

If you are feeling overwhelmed with emotions such as sadness, depression, anxiety, or feel like you want to talk to someone. Remember Mears Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) that provides colleagues with useful advice and guidance for day-to-day enquiries.

The EAP service is a confidential 24/7, 365 days a year service.

Call 0800015 7287 for help with issues including health and relationships, financial or legal queries, or visit

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Mears Foundation Easter Raffle 2020

The Mears Foundation Easter raffle starts Monday 23rd March 2020..

Even chocoholics might have their work cut out consuming the treats in our raffle.

Hotel Chocolat Classic Ostrich or the Family Easter box is plenty to share with all the family or keep the winner going all Easter!

These prizes are a perfect indulgent treat for all chocoholics.

Just £2 per ticket

Raffle tickets are available via the Mears Foundation website at, from 23rd March  - 3rd April 2020.

The cost of tickets purchased will be deducted from your pay.

Closing date for ticket purchases is 5 p.m. on  Friday 3rd March 2020.

Strictly for Mears Employees only


Good luck!

Coronavirus advice

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. But the risk to individuals remains low.

 Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

Advice for people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

  • Scotland: call your GP surgery or call 111 if your surgery is not open
  • Wales: call 111 (if available in your area) or call 0845 46 47
  • Northern Ireland: call 0300 200 7885


Symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

How to avoid catching or spreading germs

  • How to avoid catching or spreading germs


  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean





Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle

Express your gratitude...

Saying “thank you” and “please” are like the oil that lubricates the engine of human interaction. Works every time!
Telephone a lonely person.
There is always one person in your group of acquaintances who is lonely and isolated. Try calling him or her, every now and again.
Any small change?
When you see all those coins which are a real nuisance, pop them into a charity box.
Invite someone to dinner.
Choose a co-worker or neighbour who you feel is rather lonely and offer them your hospitality.
Help a disabled person.
Offer to push a wheelchair, help them across the street or fetch their medicines.
Reach out to a person in need.
Do you know someone who is ill or in hospital? Reach out by choosing one of these:
· Send them a text message
· Phone them
· Send flowers
· Send a card

Hold the door open.
No matter who it is, hold the door open.
Pay a few compliments.

Smile more often.
Try walking down a corridor at work and smile all the way there. You might be surprised at how many smiles you get back. It is infectious!
Teach your kids kindness.
If you are a parent or work with young people in a youth organization or at a school, raise awareness about the needy. Encourage them to give away their old toys and books which are still in good condition.

Compliment a colleague or a friend.
Offer your place in the supermarket queue.
When you see someone getting anxious in the queue, let them go first.
Buy someone a coffee.
When you go to the coffee machine and see a colleague there, offer to buy her a coffee. If you are going to the water cooler, try offering to get someone else a cup of water while you’re on your way.
Offer to do the shopping.

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.