Offering a whole world of support

Joanne manages the tobacco that comes on site at HUB Southampton, ensuring that UK Customs clear and release our goods to us. The varying regulations for the different countries from which we source raw materials provide the challenges in this role, but it’s those challenges that give Joanne her passion for the job.

Like many of us, Joanne has experienced personal challenges, one of which was overcoming depression. After some time off work and internal support, she’s taken action to make sure people know that help is to hand. “Since coming back to work I’ve shared my experiences and thoughts with my managers to help make support for those struggling more visible. Now, I lead the Mental Health agenda across HUB Southampton here at BAT. I’ve become a Mental Health First Aider and a Mental Health Champion.”

“Being a Mental Health Champion means getting the message out that it’s ok to open up, and to say if something at work or at home is becoming difficult to cope with. Wellbeing starts with all of us.”

As well as championing good mental health, Joanne has taken one of her passions to the workplace, bringing many colleagues a great way to escape the everyday. “Outside of work, I sing with my daughter at local charity events. I’ve found a local business called SingForce who come in and run work-based choirs. We started our first BAT workplace choir here in March 2018, which is brilliant. Within five minutes of stepping through the door and getting into a song, you’ve pushed any stresses to the back of your mind and switched off from your worries completely. It’s a great way to spend a lunchtime and meet new people.”  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offering a whole world of support

Joanne manages the tobacco that comes on site at HUB Southampton, ensuring that UK Customs clear and release our goods to us. The varying regulations for the different countries from which we source raw materials provide the challenges in this role, but it’s those challenges that give Joanne her passion for the job.

Like many of us, Joanne has experienced personal challenges, one of which was overcoming depression. After some time off work and internal support, she’s taken action to make sure people know that help is to hand. “Since coming back to work I’ve shared my experiences and thoughts with my managers to help make support for those struggling more visible. Now, I lead the Mental Health agenda across HUB Southampton here at BAT. I’ve become a Mental Health First Aider and a Mental Health Champion.”

“Being a Mental Health Champion means getting the message out that it’s ok to open up, and to say if something at work or at home is becoming difficult to cope with. Wellbeing starts with all of us.”

As well as championing good mental health, Joanne has taken one of her passions to the workplace, bringing many colleagues a great way to escape the everyday. “Outside of work, I sing with my daughter at local charity events. I’ve found a local business called SingForce who come in and run work-based choirs. We started our first BAT workplace choir here in March 2018, which is brilliant. Within five minutes of stepping through the door and getting into a song, you’ve pushed any stresses to the back of your mind and switched off from your worries completely. It’s a great way to spend a lunchtime and meet new people.”