Our priority at Pilgrims is to ensure a collaborative and cohesive partnership working with our staff and volunteers to promote good physical, mental and psychological health and wellbeing, and to ensure the right support is available where needed so that staff and volunteers have the right skills, behaviours and values to meet the needs of the people we support. 

We recognise that our workforce is a valuable asset and is integral to the delivery of our Vision and Mission. To deliver our organisational and charitable aims, Pilgrims and its workforce have a shared responsibility to create a highly-skilled, motivated, engaged and healthy workforce. In order to retain skilled staff, and attract future talent, we need to provide an environment where staff and volunteers feel highly motivated to be able to consistently perform their roles to a high standard, and actively role model our organisational CODE, behaviours and values. 

Pilgrims is committed to being seen as an employer of choice within east Kent. We recognise that an important aspect in achieving this is the promotion and maintenance of the physical and psychological wellbeing of our entire workforce, and as such we have developed our Health and Wellbeing Strategy. The aim of this strategy is to demonstrate how Pilgrims will meet the expectations of a compassionate, open, dynamic and empowered organisation, which strives not just to embody but to lead the development of best practice within HR. 

Charter for Employers positive about Mental Health

As an employer, we recognise that in the UK, people experiencing mental ill health continue to report stigma and discrimination at work.

Having signed the Charter for Employers Positive about Mental Health, we are committed to creating a supportive and open culture, where colleagues feel able to talk about mental health confidently, and we aspire to appropriately support the mental wellbeing of all staff.

We have made an ongoing commitment to:

  • Provide non-judgemental and proactive support to staff experiencing mental ill health
  • Not make assumptions about a person with a mental health condition and their ability to work
  • Be positive and enabling towards all employees and job applicants with a mental health condition
  • Support line managers in managing mental health in the workplace
  • Ensure we are fair in the recruitment of new staff in accordance with the Equality Act (2010)
  • Make it clear that people who have experienced mental ill health will not be discriminated against, and that disclosure of a mental health problem will enable both the employee and employer to assess and provide the right level of support or adjustment

Find out more at mindfulemployer.dpt.nhs.uk.

For more information about working life at Pilgrims, contact the Human Resources team on 01227 812 612 or email us at recruitment@pilgrimshospices.org.

We also have a range of volunteer opportunities available for anyone who would like to donate their time to support Pilgrims.