A key part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been how we support our communities. Throughout 2020, we engaged with local and national community partners to support their work, including through our existing charitable Foundations in Australia, the UK and Spain, and through our people volunteering their time and skills. We established a Healthy Communities Fund, which we directed towards mitigating the impact of the pandemic for those hardest hit, and with a particular focus on mental health and wellbeing in schools.
The Bupa Health Foundation in Australia extended their partnership with Kids Helpline. Together they supported 25,000 primary age children through the Wellbeing @ School early intervention programme delivered remotely in schools. In 2020 a new session was created including coping strategies for kids who may be feeling anxious or overwhelmed about COVID-19. A further 10,000 young Australians were supported through the My Circle online peer-to-peer mental wellbeing support platform. Funds were also donated to the bushfire relief programme, and up to 20 days paid community service leave was provided for employees involved in firefighting and disaster relief activities.
Europe and Latin America
We helped local communities and especially frontline healthcare professionals, during the pandemic. In Spain, Sanitas participated in the creation of the country’s largest ever collective insurance policy for healthcare workers, covering over 700,000 people.We are expanding our successful Healthy Cities programme from Spain to create a Healthy Communities Challenge and a digital platform for better mental health and wellbeing across our Europe and Latin America Market Unit. People who take part in the challenge will unlock donations to support urban regeneration projects in our local communities. This is an important part of us promoting healthy environments to reduce air pollution and
strengthen people’s resilience, as well as raising awareness of the
link between health and the environment.
The Bupa Foundation also has established a partnership with Mind to help the mental wellbeing of 2.5m young people over the next three years. This enabled Mind to develop much-needed online resources to help young people manage their mental wellbeing during the pandemic.
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