Industry charity to hold cost of living crisis conference

The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, is inviting human resource professionals working in the trade to a free one-day conference this September to learn about the charity’s welfare support and how it can benefit the lives of employees who might be struggling due to the cost of living crisis.

The ‘Welfare Matters’ conference is taking place on Wednesday 28 September (10:00am – 3:00pm) at Furniture Makers’ Hall, London. The conference is specifically targeted at HR professionals or anyone in a furnishing business that oversees people management.

Delegates will learn about the charity, the various grants it can offer people, the communication tools available to disseminate information and much more. The charity also plans to launch a new free service that will support workers struggling with mental health issues. In addition, the conference will provide HR professionals with an opportunity to network with peer equivalents at other businesses during lunch.

Jonny Westbrooke, CEO of The Furniture Makers’ Company, said: “The cost of living crisis continues to deepen and with inflation at its highest level for 40 years and energy bills set to rise in October, an increasing number of families around the country will be feeling the pinch and worrying about their finances.

“As the charity for the furnishing industry, we have been supporting the welfare of people working in the trade since 1903. We help furnishing industry people by providing financial grants and practical, useful advice.

“Traditionally, human resource departments have helped communicate our message to employees at their company who they know to be struggling. We want to connect with as many HR professionals in the industry as possible, and the Welfare Matters conference will be an opportunity to bring them together so they can learn about the charity and ask questions about the service.

“Delegates who attend the conference will also be the first to learn about a new free mental health support service that we’ll be launching in the autumn.”

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