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The Retail Trust Launches First Wellbeing Festival for Retail Workers


From multiple store closures and poor sales figures to lockdowns and abusive customers, retail in today’s climate is certainly no walk in the park. However industry charity the Retail Trust is putting people first with the launch of a wellbeing festival for retail employees.

Together Fest, will take place at The Truman Brewery in London during Mental Health Awareness Week (12th May 2022) and will offer expert-led masterclasses, activities and live entertainment to staff from more than 50 UK retailers including ASOS, H&M and Iceland. It is also being supported by B&Q, Screwfix and Kärcher UK.

More than 600 retail workers are expected to attend the event which will feature more than 25 wellbeing experts and talks on everything from coping with anxiety to dealing with money worries and improving sleep quality. There will also be live cookery demos, mixology lessons, energising workouts, and arts and craft.

Together Fest will conclude with a live sunset DJ set from Capital FM host and TV presenter Roman Kemp on the event’s main stage. And Roman will be joined by presenter, author and flexible working campaigner Anna Whitehouse AKA Mother Pukka who will host the event. Podcaster, entrepreneur and former Made in Chelsea star Jamie Laing, who will share his own experiences living with anxiety and panic attacks and comedians Matt Green, Rhys James and Jordan Brookes who will perform a live stand-up show.

Anna Whitehouse said: “I have spent the last six years campaigning for employers to recognise the very real human needs of their employees, so to see a charity like the Retail Trust putting mental health support, financial aid, counselling and other vital services front and centre for their retail colleagues is – on a very personal level – incredible. I am honoured to be hosting the inaugural Together Fest, which is sure to be an uplifting, empowering day celebrating the power of community and the wonderful things that can happen when we share, support and encourage one another.”  

The launch of the event follows a tumultuous two years for everyone working in retail, with demand for the Retail Trust’s health and wellbeing and financial aid services for retail workers nearly doubling during the pandemic.

Chris Brook-Carter, chief executive of the Retail Trust commented: “Demand for our services has never been higher so we need to find new ways of supporting and connecting with retail workers across the UK as they continue to face ongoing uncertainty, stress and risk of burnout. Together Fest will bring together as many retail heroes as we can to support and celebrate everyone who works so hard to keep their businesses and the country itself moving.

“As the first event of its kind for retail workers, we want Together Fest to represent everything that the Retail Trust has always stood for; both by inspiring and equipping people with the right tools to improve their wellbeing, and by instilling a real sense of belonging and pride in working for the retail industry. We hope it will leave them encouraged, inspired and entertained, with ideas and practical solutions they can put into practice at home, work and share with their colleagues. And we believe it will really prove that the retail industry is strongest when it comes together in this way.”

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