In the latest move to support staff in what has been a “highly challenging” year, Balhousie Care Group has launched a new employee benefits programme.

Run in association with Sodexo Engage, the new scheme offers employees of the award-winning care provider a wide range of discounts, cash back at shops, and support including face-to-face and telephone counselling. As such, it goes “several steps beyond” the benefits which were offered before, says Balhousie’s People Services Partner Karen Miller.

Balhousie Benefits, operative from October 1, includes cashback cards and 4% to 10% money off at Tesco, Morrisons, Currys and New Look.

Karen Miller said: “This has been a highly challenging and emotional year for all of our staff so it’s only fitting that we provide them with the best possible employee benefits programme. We shopped around to find the widest range of perks and services we could give them, and Sodexo Engage goes several steps beyond what was offered before.”

Balhousie Care Group will be promoting the benefits within its 26 care facilities over the coming weeks, encouraging them to maximise the shopping benefits as Christmas approaches.

Esther Price, Account Manager at Sodexo Engage, specialists in employee and consumer engagement, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Balhousie Care Group to help them support their hard-working care teams, particularly during these difficult times. Our wide range of benefits enable employees to stretch their pay cheques, look after their mental wellbeing, and get the perks they rightly deserve.”

Balhousie Benefits is one of a number of steps the Perth-based care home group has made this year to support its employees. In April, at the height of the Coronavirus pandemic, it launched a dedicated staff smartphone app to improve communication with its staff. The same month it made a fund of £200,000 available to staff to assist in bridging financial hardship that may arise because of the effects of the pandemic.