Thales and the British Heart Foundation
Thales and the British Heart Foundation have joined forces until 2020 to help beat heartbreak forever. The partnership will raise £200,000 to fund CPR kits and the ongoing resource and training for 170 secondary schools across the country, teaching over 25,000 pupils how to save a life.
The partnership will also be rolling out a Thales Lifesavers programme, teaching up to 7,000 Thales employees lifesaving CPR skills and empowering them to share these skills in their local communities.
Read more about the partnership here.
The Thales Foundation
We’re committed to making the world a safer place through technology. To this end we launched the Thales Foundation in September 2014. The Foundation reflects two key areas of our focus: science education and classroom innovation, and humanitarian action focusing particularly on natural and environmental risk prevention and disaster preparedness. The Foundation touches thousands of people right around the world each year. In 2015, 40,000 children and young adults benefited from its education programmes, and more than 100 Thales volunteers in seven countries took part in 17 humanitarian projects.
Supporting veterans in the workplace
Veterans can be a great asset to a workforce. Their valuable skills gained from military service allow veterans to bring a unique perspective to organisations. It is increasingly likely, however, that at some point during their military service, they will have operated under extreme stress. It is important, therefore, to ensure that they are supported in a smooth transition into the civilian workplace. They should be equipped with the appropriate advice and tools, in a working environment that supports their mental health.
A poll of 500 of the UK’s top business people carried out in 2015 showed that more than half of those surveyed (54%) were reluctant to hire veterans because of fears they may suffer from mental health issues, yet three-quarters (75%) say they would hire more veterans if they had expert advice on how to understand and support them in the workplace.
In partnership with leading veterans’ charity Combat Stress, we are working to raise awareness of the benefits that veterans can bring to the workplace and the ways in which companies can support their mental health. As part of this, we founded 4 years ago, with Combat Stress, the annual Military Mind Symposium, which is an event designed to specifically explore the ways in which companies can provide better mental health support for veterans. We continue to sponsor this event year on year.
Over the last 100 years, Thales has enjoyed a heritage of working with the Royal Air Force and, as part of this, we have also supported the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. As of 2019, Thales is supporting a campaign by the Royal Air Force to support veterans that may have fallen off the radar. The aim is to provide help such as easing financial distress or support with emotional wellbeing and you can learn more here.
Hear from some of our veterans in the video below.