12 July

This is Me visits Downing Street

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The pioneering mental health campaign, This is Me, initiated by Barclays and driven by The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, is one of just 18 winners being supported by the Inclusive Economy Partnership (IEP) this year.

The Inclusive Economy Partnership, funded by Cabinet Office and DCMS, is a partnership of businesses, civil society and government departments who are working together to solve some of society’s toughest challenges, to help all communities and everyone within them feel they belong to and can participate in the UK economy.

Through collaboration, innovation and a shared determination to make the UK a better place to live and thrive, the IEP is part of a growing global movement that’s trying to solve age-old problems with new ways of thinking.

On 11th July a reception at Downing Street was hosted by the IEP to showcase the power of the partnership. As green ribbons were scattered across the rose garden, guests heard from Oliver Dowden MP CBE, Minister for Implementation at the Cabinet Office:

“The Partnership presents an exciting opportunity to innovate for social good. Through collaboration we can create, test and scale ideas that have the potential to transform the lives of citizens across the UK."

Working with Nesta, the innovation foundation, IEP set out to find innovators who are already doing great things and help them scale their solutions.

Thanks to the IEP, This is Me has been working closely with a number of businesses nationwide to increase its reach beyond London. More so, thanks to a connection through the IEP This is Me is working with Landsec – this has offered a unique opportunity to engage a new sector with a wide reach, with predominantly harder to reach employees.

“Just the ability to understand that we can now tackle the stigma of mental health from an informed perspective and share stroies within our own business has been really transformational. We're really excited about where the partnership is going to head.” Miles Webber, Landsec.

Lord Mayor, Alderman Charles Bowman commented:

“This is Me is all about collaboration. Originally beginning at just one organisation, Barclays,This is Me has grown to become a nationwide campaign through the support of Inclusive Economy Partnership. As we continue our work with government and grow our partnerships with more businesses, like Landsec, we become stronger and can achieve more. Together we can change attitudes towards mental health in the workplace.”

Find out more about Inclusive Economy Partnership and the projects it is supporting in the below film:

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