Lidl Ireland extends charity partnership with Jigsaw and pledges to raise €2.5 million

J.P. Scally, CEO at Lidl Ireland (left) and Dr Joseph Duffy, CEO of Jigsaw

Jigsaw has been Lidl Ireland’s chosen charity partner since 2018

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Lidl Ireland is set to extend its charity partnership with Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health in Ireland, for a further two years.

As part of the new partnership, the retailer has pledged to raise €2.5 million for Jigsaw who provide free confidential professional support to young people aged 12-25, in 14 centres across Ireland.

To date, Lidl Ireland has raised over €1.8 million for the charity and has committed to raise an additional €700,000 by the end of the partnership in 2024.

This level of support has seen awareness of Jigsaw rise from 14% pre-partnership to 61% by December 2021, a period which saw a 33% increase in young people accessing Jigsaw’s services. Lidl have partnered with Jigsaw since 2018 and previously extended its partnership with the charity to account for the impact of Covid-19 on youth mental health.

The focus for the future partnership will be the development, promotion and roll out of One Good Community, a two-year, community-led, five-step wellbeing programme for villages, towns and cities across Ireland. Lidl has a network of ‘Jigsaw Heroes’ across its stores who are key ambassadors for Jigsaw and play an important role in the charity’s ‘One Good’ programmes.

To date, the partnership has already directly supported over 65 secondary schools (with a total student population of over 38,500) through the rollout of One Good School, an integrated programme for student, teachers and parents that empowers schools to strengthen the wellbeing and mental health of all their students. Over the next two years, with ongoing support from Lidl, One Good School will reach an additional 155 schools across 12 counties.

In 2020, Lidl and Jigsaw joined forces with the LGFA, Lidl’s sporting partner, to implement One Good Club™ – a five-step youth mental health awareness programme rolled out across 25 LGFA clubs in 25 counties across Ireland.

“We are delighted to be extending our partnership with Jigsaw, who do such great work for youth mental health and wellbeing in Ireland,” said J.P. Scally, CEO at Lidl Ireland.

“While the data tells us we are seeing increased awareness of mental health difficulties in our youth, more needs to be done,” Scally added. “We want to empower all Irish adults to support the young people in their lives, through ‘One Good Adult’, ‘Club’ or ‘Community’, and encourage young people themselves to seek help when and where they need to most.”

Dr Joseph Duffy, CEO of Jigsaw described the extension of Lidl’s partnership as “a clear demonstration of their ongoing commitment to working with us to change the conversation on youth mental health in Ireland”.

“Without the commitment of community partners like Lidl, we simply cannot continue to deliver the vital mental health supports and services our young people, their families and communities deserve,” Dr Duffy added. “We look forward to continuing our work with Lidl, their staff and customers in helping us all better value and better support our young people’s mental health.”

 

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