Kenyon, part of the Services Division of Air Partner Group, provided the client’s employees and their families, comprising around 300 people, with comprehensive services.
Kenyon had previously been hired by the client to provide mental health support to the companies’ employees ahead of the invasion. In coordination with the client, the company set up multiple incident centres in Poland near the border with Ukraine.
The centres opened shortly after the invasion and provide a temporary safe haven for employees and their families ahead of relocation to more permanent accommodation.
The primary goal has been to provide a place of safety where the evacuees can be supported with welfare needs, while assessing additional needs and providing services as required, with a focus on mental health.
Many of the evacuated employees have been struggling with their mental health
Kenyon’s Humanitarian Services Division has also been offering mental health and welfare support to the evacuees, many of whom have been struggling with a mixture of trauma, anxiety about their displacement, concerns about friends and families still in Ukraine, and uncertainty about the country’s future. Kenyon says that this support ‘will continue as [these individuals] transition to their new lives’.
Kenyon has also provided childminding provision for the evacuee families, which has ‘enabled parents to manage practicalities surrounding the evacuation, including contacting friends and relatives and assessing the impact of the war on their homes’.
This includes the provision of activities such as arts and crafts, table tennis, football, music, pottery and ‘walk and talks’ which ‘enable them to voice their fears in a safe and inclusive way’. Parent activities have also been arranged ‘to provide some distraction from the invasion and its impact’.
“This has been an unimaginably difficult time for the people of Ukraine as they face the most challenging and unexpected circumstances,” said Conor Prendergast, Managing Director of Kenyon International. “Our priority is our client’s employees’ welfare, and we are committed to providing the most comprehensive service possible to meet their physical and mental needs.”
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