The Burnt Chef Project launches Global EAP

A not-for-profit social enterprise set up to support those within hospitality dealing with mental health issues has launched a global employee assistance programme (EAP), experiencing unprecedented demand resulting in the creation of a crowdfunder – a first for the organisation.

The Burnt Chef Project's Global EAP provides free support and services to those in hospitality and their families worldwide who don't otherwise have cover. Launched in response to the urgent need for mental health support, the campaign offers access to a 24/7 multilingual hospitality professional. 

About the EAP

The round-the-clock service removes language and financial barriers to receiving support. It offers a range of emotional and mental health tools, including therapy options, a managerial advice line, debt and legal advice. It even delivers detailed MI reporting, usage stats and a suite of creative assets for registered businesses. 

The launch, made possible by The Burnt Chef Project funding an initial set of licences, saw overwhelming demand within the first few weeks. This has resulted in the team behind The Burnt Chef Project making an unprecedented move to seek additional funding to keep the lifeline operational, announcing an international crowdfunding programme. 

Calling for contributions from businesses and individuals alike, the crowdfunding target of £100,000 will ensure the service continues to provide essential mental health support to those who need it most. 

Kris Hall, founder and CEO of The Burnt Chef Project, says of the EAP programme launch: "Launching the Global EAP was a milestone for The Burnt Chef Project – not least because it's something never seen before at an international level. Within just a couple of weeks, the demand for the service has surpassed everything we'd predicted, demonstrating the crucial need for such a service globally.

"Working in conjunction with licenced professionals worldwide, we've been able to offer 24/7 support from those who need it most. To continue to provide the Global EAP service to those who need it for free, we urgently need the generous support of those in the sector. We've launched a crowdfunded with a target of £100,000. At a cost of around £60 to provide unlimited therapy and wellbeing resources for one person, it's clear to see the cost implications of continuing to run the service free of charge. That's why we're calling for support from those in hospitality across the world – a donation of any size will help us to maintain and expand this vital service into the future."

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