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Football club tackles mental health

Burton Albion FC has hosted a major event on mental health and wellbeing at its Pirelli Stadium. The event was aimed at businesses and the

local community, who heard from guest speaker Chris Kirkland, the ex-Liverpool and Wigan goalkeeper. Kirkland spoke about his own mental health

battles and how he is now working with the Professional Footballers’ Association to raise awareness. There were also presentations and advice on the day from Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, former Royal Navy commander-in-chief and Aurea Fellows, who gave an insight into how nutrition and lifestyle choices impact on mental health. The event was also backed by the Chamber,

and director Chris Plant said: “Work can have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing. “Healthy and well-motivated employees can

have an equally positive impact on the productivity and effectiveness of a business. “There is increasing pressure on managers to

deliver business objectives at the same time as supporting the wellbeing of employees. “The inspirational speakers explained how all

business leaders should endeavour make a positive impact on individuals’ health, reduce sickness absence, retain staff and improve productivity.”

Trent & Dove to raise money for MS Society

A Burton-based housing association, which has donated £20,000 to charity during the past 15 years, has announced it is to raise funds for the local multiple sclerosis (MS) society. Burton MS Society will the recipient of all

fund raising activities by Trent & Dove Housing during the next 12 months. Coincidentally, 2019 is the 50th anniversary

of the organisation, which supports anyone who is directly affected by MS, a condition that affects the brain and spinal cord. Trent & Dove’s fundraising efforts since

2003 have been wide ranging, and the organisation has aided more than 15 charities, including the Alzheimer’s Society, Canine Partners and Help for Heroes. Last year, £1,170 was raised for Shine

Bright Foundation and UNICEF UK. Trent & Dove chief executive Ursula

Bennion said: “To raise such vital funds for all our nominated charities represents a fantastic effort from everyone involved. “Our colleagues not only show how

committed they are in transforming the homes, lives and neighbourhoods of our customers, they also show that they are willing to go that extra mile to support other organisations that are making a difference.”

46 CHAMBERLINK March 2019 Students build skills for life

Construction students at Burton and South Derbyshire College (BSDC) are using the skills they have developed during their studies to take part in an restoration project of a 400- year-old listed building that has been transformed into a ‘museum of life’. The name of the project is Redfern’s Cottage: Museum of Uttoxeter Life, and it is located in Carter Street, Uttoxeter. Students have been undertaking work experience placements with Croft Building and Conservation Ltd at the 400- year-old, grade II listed building, which is nearing the end of a refurbishment as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project. The cottage was originally constructed in 1628

as part of the expansion of the medieval town of Uttoxeter, and was one long dwelling house.

The museum refurbishment includes a new

‘community life zone’, museum gift shop and small café, as well as newly fitted interactive galleries depicting Uttoxeter. Students have been involved from the beginning of the project in 2016/ BSDC carpentry students, Tom Khan and Joel

Ash recently took part in a work experience placement at the cottage. Joel said: “It has been an interesting

experience. We have learnt a lot by being onsite, including using a pickaxe for the first time.” Richard Hunter, site manager at Croft Building

& Conservation Ltd, said: “The students have been fantastic. They have been asking plenty of questions and finding out more about the project during their time with us.”

Burton Albion has long been associated with

mental health issues in football. Last autumn the club’s manager, Nigel Clough, spoke out on the issue, saying that it would be a growing ‘burden’ for the Professional Footballer’s Association to deal with. A total of 403 players sought PFA support in

2017, up from 103 in the previous year, while 312 had used their services up to August last year. Nigel said: “The PFA have an increasing

workload in this area with professional footballers. It will be a burden for the PFA in the next few

years but they have the funds and there is that much money in football at the moment that there should be a fair allocation to deal with these sorts of issues. “In the dressing room, I'm sure it existed 20 or

30 years ago, but no-one would have come out and admitted to it and that is the big difference.” Chris Kirkland said: “The event was great - the

speakers were all very well informed and what they said has struck a chord with me.” Proceeds from the event will be used to

deliver a wellbeing programme by Burton Albion Community Trust and charity partner Mind within the local area. Burton Albion Community Trust’s Matt

Hancock said: “It’s great that Burton Albion has

A matter of trust: Guest speaker Chris Kirkland (left) with Matt Hancock, John Widdowson and Lisa Beard of the Burton Albion Community Trust

been able to bring everyone together on what is a very topical issue. “The Community Trust and Burton Mind have

close links. We are hoping we will get interest from some of the businesses for workplace wellbeing programmes and workshops which means the proceeds from this event will have a direct impact on some of the firms who attended.”

Work experience: BSDC carpentry

students Tom Khan and Joel Ash at Redfern’s Cottage

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