Willis Towers Watson employees select The Silver Line as their new UK charity partner
Willis Towers Watson’s UK employees have selected The Silver Line as their national charity partner in the UK for 2018 and 2019...
The Silver Line was chosen by way of a staff vote and the partnership will cover all 6,500 staff in 19 offices across the country who will support the charity through a range of volunteering and fundraising activities.
The Silver Line provides a free, confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people and is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Sophie Andrews, Chief Executive of The Silver Line said: "I am delighted that Willis Towers Watson has selected us as national charity partner for two years. Loneliness amongst older people is not always a cause that resonates with people and is sometimes simply seen as a consequence of being older. It is therefore particularly special to us for our charity and important cause to have been selected through a staff vote. We look forward to this important partnership and making a true difference to the older people that we support.”
Nicolas Aubert, Head of Great Britain, Willis Towers Watson added: “Retirement is a huge life event. At Willis Towers Watson we know first-hand about the importance of financial planning for retirement. But one thing you don’t plan for is the social and emotional impact of stopping work which can include loss of a sense of identity, alongside workplace friends and colleagues – factors which are known to contribute to feelings of loneliness among retirees.
“Over 2,500 UK colleagues took part in a vote to select our charity partner and clearly the extraordinary and affecting work carried out by The Silver Line in helping to tackle loneliness and isolation among older people touched a nerve with our colleagues. I look forward to working closely with The Silver Line team in the coming years to support their efforts in addressing an issue which ultimately affects us all.”