Behind their smiles and slick service hospitality workers can fall upon hard times just like anybody else. Ours is a stressful industry, with long hours, high pressure environments and physically demanding work.
Injuries, mental health problems and addiction are sadly a feature of modern life in the hospitality trade. That’s where Hospitality Action steps in. We work to provide hospitality workers with financial, physical and psychological support to help them overcome adversity and get back to work as quickly as possible. We help individuals and their families stay afloat with grants to cover anything from rent payments to school uniform for their children. And for those who sadly can’t return to the industry they love, we provide ongoing support to transition them to the next stage of their lives.
For older people who have retired from the industry we provide grants to help with heating bills, home conversions or even funeral costs for loved ones. Just as importantly, we provide a lifeline to prevent loneliness and isolation and our ‘Golden Friends’ enjoy regular contact and local events to help them stay active and connected to their community.
Five years ago HA’s Principal Patron Jason Atherton opened his restaurants on a Sunday, donating all profits from the day’s service to the charity. Social Sunday was born.
Since then Jason, along with a host of chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers and foodservice operators have all pulled together on one special summer Sunday to raise funds for Hospitality Action.
The great thing about Social Sunday is that it’s up to you how you raise money, whatever works best for your customers and staff works for us.Previous fundraising efforts have ranged from cocktail masterclasses with loyal customers to after-dinner speeches from sporting icons and mini-festivals with barbecues and local bands. Social Sunday is a great feel-good moment to raise vital funds but also to promote the values of each venue taking part.