Active Prospects

Enabling people with learning disabilities, autism, physical and mental health needs to live full and aspiring lives.
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https://activeprospects.org.uk/

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Surrey's leading provider of supported living for people with learning disabilities Active Prospects is also ahead of its field when it comes to staff training.

The award-winning charity, which was set up in 1979, focuses on supplying quality care to help those with complex needs move from institutional care into community-based living. It also recognises the role of its staff in its success and offers top-class training, with the result that more than 75 per cent of its service managers have been promoted from within the organisation.

It began life as Prospect Housing and Support, but in 2016 relaunched as Active Prospects. Since then it has gone from strength to strength in its mission to deliver superior care to those with learning disabilities, autism, mental health needs or an acquired brain injury

In 2019 it won the Supported Living Provider of the Year at the National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards.

Active Prospects has gained a reputation for giving a voice to the people it supports. It set up the Pro-Active Community, which is made up of those who use the service and plays a vital role in ensuring their priorities are considered and their recommendations put into action.

As well as offering training, which begins with an induction course and continues with opportunities to train, on and off the job, Active Prospects celebrates the skill of people working in care. There is a monthly staff-recognition scheme as well as an annual awards ceremony.

Featured Workplace Factors

Leadership

75% of staff agreed

I have confidence in the leadership skills of the senior management team

During the pandemic, the chief executive Maria Mills and director of care Jade Vallance worked many shifts in residential service and used video calls to ask teams about how best they could be supported. Employees' contributions were recognised by Maria Mills delivering hampers by hand to each service. Gift vouchers were sent to all staff.

My Team

82% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

During the pandemic, the staff newsletter and awards scheme moved from monthly to fortnightly. The executive team also organised celebrations to mark events such as VE Day, Easter, Christmas, Eid and LGBT+ month. The team has also contributed to fun events such as quizzes, dance competitions and lip-sync challenges.

Giving Something Back

74% of staff agreed

This organisation is keen to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds

During the pandemic, more than £300,000 was reinvested in the community. Money went to the Surrey People's Group, which enabled those with learning disabilities to support each other; technology to help service users connect with friends and families; and sensory and communication equipment to help manage anxiety and challenging behaviours.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1931
Total number of employees
25
Number of UK locations
42
Employee average age
29% : 71%
Male : Female employee ratio
6%
Employees earning £35k+
14%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

Benefits

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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Quote from the top...
“It’s a great honour for Active Prospects to be recognised as one of the best charities to work for. It’s been a tough year for everyone and particularly in the care sector, and our staff have been amazing. They have worked incredibly hard to keep the people we support safe, happy and healthy during the pandemic, and it’s been more important than ever that we recognise our staff’s dedication and look after their wellbeing. We look forward to becoming an even better employer over the next twelve months.”

Maria Mills, CEO - Active Prospects

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