2020 has been a year full of challenges for so many of us. Throughout our county, across our region, people have faced huge upheaval. Things have been different. At People First, that means it’s been a year full of diverse work; a year full of working hard to offer support to our customers and those who need us.

In 2020, our team has worked hard helping to keep all our projects up and running during the pandemic and at the same time as setting up new and much needed support services to those that are most vulnerable in our communities.

Our relentless work has meant that we have been able to support thousands of people across Cumbria, Lancashire and the North East.

All of this work has been made possible thanks to the dedication of our team. And, with that in mind, for our 2020 Ops day we decided to do things differently. Instead of annual sessions focused on mandatory training, we decided to thank our team with a hard-earned morning of self-care. Today it was time to take care of those that have taken such good care of our customers.

The team were called into a seemingly ordinary training day, via video call… and, instead of the usual… they were surprised to be given the morning off of work. The only rule was that each were asked to use their morning to do something for themselves. Spend time on a hobby. Go for a wellness walk. Watch some day-time TV. The options were many.

David Blacklock our CEO thanked each and every member of staff for their tireless work over recent months and encouraged everyone that works for People First to take the time to put themselves first for a rare change.  David said “its time to put yourself at the top of your to do list” encouraging staff to go for a walk, bake a cake, go back to bed or get in the Christmas spirit.

2020 has been an extraordinary year for all of us. Remembering to make wellness a priority is easy to forget, but it could not be more important.

David also added: ‘A huge thank you to all the staff at People First, Healthwatch Cumbria and Lancashire for everything that you do for everyone else.’