A provider of supported accommodation to young people across Wirral and Cheshire, Forum Housing Association is very proud to announce that they have retained the Investors in People Gold (IIP) Standard Award.
To maintain the IIP Gold Standard Forum underwent a rigorous assessment with an independent assessor which included lengthy interviews with Board Members and from Staff across the Association.
Forum Housing Chief Executive Ian Cardwell commented,
“This is a great achievement in the context of both the challenging times in which we are operating and also the significant changes that Forum has undergone in recent months. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff. The award will last for 3 years; a period in which we can now focus on ensuring that Forum continues to create opportunities for a brighter future for homeless young people.”
The IIP Gold Award is only presented to organisations who are demonstrating inspiring business performance, exceptional working practices including people management, leadership, staff involvement and empowerment, work life balance and health and wellbeing of its employees.
Forum’s Director of Human Resources and Corporate Services, Debbie Thompson, also added:
“To retain our IIP Gold status represents a fantastic achievement for all at Forum Housing Association. We are an Association who focus on its people striving to be the very best they can be. Our ultimate goal is to provide better services for our residents. This prestigious award will contribute to this.”
Maintaining the highest level of recognition demonstrates that Forum Housing Association is committed to employee engagement and is a business that continues to put its people first.
We are delighted to announce that Forum has scooped the prestigious Sunday Times award by achieving 21st place, nationally, in the ‘Top 100 Not for Profit Companies’ category.
Employees surveyed said that Forum is a great company to work for and the results overall revealed a very happy and motivated workforce.
Employees, half of whom have been on the payroll for at least a decade, always go the extra mile for our young residents and fellow team members. Staff are rewarded for their length of service and hard work through extra holidays and an annual awards dinner at which staff receive awards for their hard work and dedication.
Director of Human Resources and Corporate Services Debbie Thompson commented:
“We are delighted to win this award, we feel that it is a wonderful achievement and reflects the dedication of our staff and volunteers, who work in a really challenging environment, supporting homeless young people. It reflects our ambition to make Forum a great place to work and rewards the hard work we have put into developing our staff which we believe is our greatest asset. Congratulations to all Organisations on this year’s list too, you have set a benchmark of which we are proud of”
One delighted colleague, 20 year old Mike Hardman, also commented…
“Forum Housing is a truly amazing company to work for and I am so proud we have won this award. I came to Forum two years ago as part of a youth contract, which led onto an apprenticeship.
The opportunities, experience and training I have gained has been invaluable and I can’t thank Forum enough as they really have supported me in developing my career. My Manager’s door is always open and all the staff at Forum feel respected and valued. I feel proud to work for a company that not only cares about its customers but its people too.”
Further detail on our results can be found on the Best Company website
Forum’s Health Engagement Team has spent the last 12 months working towards achieving the ‘Young People Friendly’ status which is a nationally recognised initiative that the Department of Health outlined under the ‘You’re Welcome’ initiative.
We had to evidence that our service is ‘young people friendly’ and that young people will be treated with respect; listened to; won’t be judged; and will receive a confidential service.
To achieve the accreditation, Forum needed to demonstrate that they met NHS Wirral’s criteria. This included having appropriate policies in place around access, publicity, confidentiality and consent as well as offering a welcoming environment and fully trained staff with the skills, attitude and values to support young people.
Fiona Johnstone, Director of Public Health for Wirral commented:
“The teenage years are a crucial time for encouraging people to adopt positive health behaviour, yet, we know from research that many young people feel there are barriers preventing them from accessing services and so don’t.
The ‘young people friendly’ scheme encourages health service providers across Wirral to meet national criteria to make sure they offer accessible services that welcome and support young people.”
The scheme aims to break down barriers young people face in accessing health services in their area. Services that have achieved the accreditation can be identified by the use of the ‘young people friendly’ logo.
Forum’s Health Engagement Team continue to break down barriers young people face in accessing health services in the area by signposting young people to services that have also achieved the accreditation.
Here at Forum, young people are at the heart of everything we do, so we are really pleased to have been recognised and have achieved the ‘Young People Friendly’ accreditation.