VIBE and Black & White Bridging sign MIMHC

VIBE Specialist Finance and Black & White Bridging have become the first signatories of the Mortgage Industry Mental Health Charter (MIMHC).

The charter was founded in October by Crystal Specialist Finance, Coreco, Chartwell Mortgage Services, Landbay, The Brightstar Group, Knowledge Bank and SimplyBiz Mortgages and aims to provide guidance, tips and a framework for businesses looking to support the mental health of their staff, based on the recommendations of the Stevenson and Farmer ‘Thriving at Work’ report produced for the government in 2017.

Kim McGinley, managing director at VIBE Finance, said: “Our company is a big advocate of supporting mental health and promoting mental health awareness. 

“While we already have mental health first aiders in place to assist our own staff wellbeing, we know our sector can do more. 

“We are extremely proud to become the very first signatory to the charter and share the co-founders’ commitment to raise awareness.”

Damien Druce, commercial director at Black & White Bridging, added: “Our firm has always supported employee wellbeing initiatives, but in light of the events of the last eighteen months, never have they been more important. 

“My own Covid journey was a difficult one and certainly took its toll on my mental health. 

“I am therefore delighted to support this excellent campaign and encourage other firms to sign up so they can receive free reference materials, which will undoubtedly support their teams.”

Andrew Montlake, managing director at Coreco Mortgage Brokers and co-founder of MIMHC, said: “The pandemic has thrown the importance of mental health into sharp focus, and I’m certain that the MIMHC will give businesses across the sector a helping hand in delivering best practice. 

“We are pleased to see such a diverse response from our sector with building societies, specialist lenders, insurers and traditional broker firms all pledging support.”

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