St Leger Homes of Doncaster has been named a finalist in the 2016 Responsible Business Awards, the UK’s longest running and most prestigious awards programme championing responsible business locally and globally. It will now go head to head with the other finalists from across the UK in its category for the chance to be named overall winner.
Run by the charity Business in the Community (BITC) the 2016 Responsible Business Awards celebrate inspiring examples of businesses that are making a significant difference by taking practical action to improve their local communities, create more inclusive working environments and tackle environmental challenges. The rigorous awards scheme saw 297 companies enter in 2016, 103 shortlisted and just 52 firms named finalists.
St. Leger Homes of Doncaster has been recognised by being shortlisted for its New Directions recruitment and retention programme in the Championing an Ageing Workforce Award category.
St Leger Homes is an award-winning social housing organisation which provides housing services across Doncaster and manages the council's 21,000 properties. It also works to build confident communities working with its customers and partner agencies.
Its New Directions recruitment and retention programme offers retraining and redeployment opportunities, flexible working and retirement to support those aged 50 and over who may need to consider their career options. The aim is to ensure St Leger Homes can celebrate and retain the skills and experience of its diverse workforce for the benefit of its customers and the local economy, whilst supporting the wellbeing of staff. Older staff members also help upskill new employees via mentoring programmes.
Stephen Shaw, aged 63, is a beneficiary of the New Directions programme. Steve was a community caretaker for many years, but suffered physical problems which affected his ability to carry out the role. St Leger Homes supported Steve in order to accommodate his changing needs, offered retraining and a work trial, as well as taking flexible retirement allowing him to work part time and have access to his pension. He now has a permanent position as a Customer Services Adviser, and uses his life experiences to help and advise our customers. Steve says:
- “I have been helped, supported and coached by staff at St Leger Homes of Doncaster all the way through my journey. I have been retrained how to use computers; they have been patient with me and given me the time I have needed. I really value my position.
- “I am very grateful for the good management team that makes this possible. Mentally and physically this has been a great boost for me and changed my life.
- “If any other staff members at St Leger Homes need to talk to me for me to share my experience with them so they know they can get the right help and support within the organisation, I am more than willing to support them.
Commenting,Susan Jordan, Chief Executive at St Leger Homes of Doncaster explains: “We are proud to be a finalist of this prestigious award and the impact this programme has had on St Leger Homes. Not only has this programme had a tremendous impact on the individual employees concerned and their wellbeing, but it retains the knowledge and skills of our workforce within the organisation, reduces recruitment costs and supports us to meet our business objectives and ultimately the needs of our tenants. Our beneficiaries involved are a real asset to our work; we want to ensure they feel valued in what they do and choose to remain with us.”
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “We know that every day businesses contribute towards more resilient communities, stimulate local economies, help to create skilled and healthy workforces and tackle environmental challenges. These awards give much needed visibility to the responsible business movement by showcasing the practical ways business is creating change. I congratulate all the finalists for playing their part in building a fairer society and more sustainable future for us all.”
Now in its 19th year, the Responsible Business Awards are open to companies of all sizes, from SMEs to multi-nationals, and across all sectors. Categories cover a wide range of positive business activities, from investing in the health & wellbeing of employees and nurturing young people to develop skills, to supporting rural communities and more disadvantaged members of society.
All finalists will be invited to the prestigious Responsible Business Annual Gala at the O2 in London on 11 July, hosted by Fujitsu (2015 Responsible Business of the Year), where the overall winners in each category will be announced.
Commenting on the finalists, Duncan Taite, Head of EMEIA, Fujitsu said “The Responsible Business Awards celebrate the very best of business. As Responsible Business of the year 2015 we have been delighted to see business continuing to win the right way - make profit, but also make sure responsibility is at the heart of everything. We wish all those involved in the Awards the best of luck.”
For more information on the Awards including the full list of finalists and their case studies, visit www.bitc.org.uk/awardstories and follow @BITC on Twitter #BITCawards.