Bristol Nights teams up with The Burnt Chef Project for exclusive training opportunity

November 7, 2023

A new partnership between Bristol Nights and The Burnt Chef Project will deliver Wellbeing Champion training for Bristol’s hospitality businesses, starting on Wednesday 29th November.

A part of Bristol Night’s Thrive at Night programme, the training aims to help Bristol’s night time businesses and teams learn skills to become Wellbeing Champions for the night time sector. And will provide skills and improved confidence to tackle work-related stress, and have courageous conversations with peers who may be struggling.

According to a recent survey, four out of five hospitality professionals report having experienced at least one mental health issue during their career. Recognising the importance of addressing mental health challenges in the industry, Bristol Nights and The Burnt Chef Project have joined forces to prioritise the wellbeing of professionals in the hospitality sector and improve training.

The Burnt Chef Project, is a not-for-profit Social Enterprise, fully committed to making the hospitality profession healthier and more sustainable by focusing on people's wellbeing first. Through this partnership, they will contribute their expertise in mental health support and training.

Bristol Nights is dedicated to supporting Bristol's nightlife through advocacy, support, safety, and training. With the night time economy supporting over 116,000 people, which is 41% of the city's jobs, it is crucial to prioritise the mental health and wellbeing of those working during these hours.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said;

“I’m pleased to welcome this incredible initiative to Bristol. Our city has a vibrant night time economy, with over 1000 different venues which all employ a range of hospitality workers. These jobs can be incredibly high pressured, and it’s key that those working in these venues are looked after, and have access to support the partnership with Burnt Chef means that our hospitality workers will be supported, and their mental health and wellbeing will be prioritised.”

Kris Hall, CEO and Founder of The Burnt Chef Project explains;

“We’re thrilled to be working with Bristol Nights in delivering our market leading training. We’re committed to supporting hospitality professionals across the board and seeing Bristol City Council actively looking to support the nightlife teams through this initiative demonstrates a commitment to future proofing the wellbeing of the people working in this sector.”

Carly Heath, the Night Time Economy Advisor for Bristol City Council said about this new partnership;

"At the heart of Bristol Nights is partnership working and collaboration. I’m really excited to bring The Burnt Chef Project to the city to offer their insight experience and help us to shape a new approach to mental health training. They are a fantastic organisation, with an unprecedented understanding of the mental health and wellbeing challenges faced by the hospitality sector. Alongside our regular Thrive at Night training, we are pushing to ensure they the workforce and managers have the tools to be able to avert mental health challenges and deal with incidents to help us build a robust workforce for the future.”

The Mental Health Champion Training provided through this partnership will equip individuals in the night time economy with the necessary skills to recognise and respond to mental health challenges effectively. By prioritising mental wellbeing, Bristol Nights and The Burnt Chef Project aim to create a healthier and more supportive environment for all professionals in the hospitality sector.

To book a place on a Mental Health Champion Training course visit