There are lots of benefits if you work at Places for People. Our wellbeing policy, calendar and intranet help staff manage stress and improve health. We're proud to work with Business in the Community as part of the Workwell campaign.
Listening to staff views
We take feedback from staff seriously and make changes as a result. 83% of employees completed our last staff survey in 2013/14.
Health and safety
In 2013/14 we provided around 5,540 health and safety courses. Our management system is externally accredited by the British Safety Council as ‘5 Star’.
Equality and diversity
In 2010 the audit commission gave us top marks for equality and diversity. Our workforce is becoming more diverse and we're making our recruitment process simpler to reduce barriers for people who are looking for a job.
Managers have diversity staffing targets and recruitment training which stresses the importance of diversity.
All staff (% BME background)
41 staff transformed Charlie's last August - all in 1 working day.
The Centre provides services for young people. It received funding for a barbecue and new decking. However, it couldn't afford fitting costs.
Our staff spent a day at the centre installing everything in the yard. They also decorated and repaired areas inside the building.
Learning new skills
Staff without day-to-day management responsibilities were selected as team leaders. Each team leader delivered a project and was responsible for attracting funding for tools and materials. Donations from local businesses totalled £1,742.
Feedback after the day was overwhelmingly positive. 73% of staff agreed that the event had led to improved communication across teams. It gave team leaders and the project supervisor a huge boost:
“I gained a lot of self belief that I could lead a project and felt very much valued. It has given me the confidence to believe that I can grow in my current role and perhaps even look to move forward with my career in Places for People."
We have always supported our employees to raise money for charity.
In June 2013 eight intrepid employees cycled 500 miles from Edinburgh to Richmond in just five days to raise money for Missing People.
Fundraiser events were also held by other employees such as bake sales and raffles.
Collectively we exceeded our target and raised over £13,000. Our cyclists also completed their ride without serious damage - despite challenging climbs, punctures and the odd tumble.
Claire Parkinson, learning and development advisor:
“The cycle challenge certainly proved to be the most emotional, physically challenging and enjoyable experience I have ever undertaken.The bruises and torn ligaments we all experienced were nothing compared to the pain which friends and families of missing people feel on a daily basis.”