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THE ROOTS OF this small charity lie in a 1977 University of Birmingham research project into an intervention model for people with alcohol problems. This led to this new entry's foundation in 1989, and it has since extended its services throughout the Midlands to help people, their families and communities to overcome dependencies on drink, drugs and gambling. Practitioners, who make up the majority of the 219 employees, are guided by the understanding that people use substances to cope with problems, and with the right support are capable of making changes. With such a varied workload, teamwork is important. Employees feel their colleagues are fun to work with (84% positive, eighth among the small not-for-profits); and that they go out of their way to help each other (82%). There is a strong sense of family (79%). www.aquarius.org.uk

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My Company

85% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

The Aquarius annual conference took place in December 2013, providing an opportunity for all staff to come together, share their experiences and participate in workshops, individual / team awards activities which included laughter yoga, a quiz. In March 2013 we sent six of our staff on a learning trip to Rome where they visited a substance misuse service. They learnt about the services on offer, recieved training, visited local communities and took in the sites of the city.

My Team

88% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

Aquarius offer a comprehesive range of developmental training throughout the year to support staff in their roles. They have recently invited employees to participate in an NVQ training programme and their first cohort have now commenced work on their qualification through Birmingham Metropolitan College. Aquarius have secured external funding to support this opportunity and staff are able to utilise work time for completion of the required elements.

Personal Growth

95% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

Aquarius offer a comprehesive range of developmental training throughout the year to support staff in their roles. They have recently invited employees to participate in an NVQ training programme and their first cohort have now commenced work on their qualification through Birmingham Metropolitan College. Aquarius have secured external funding to support this opportunity and staff are able to utilise work time for completion of the required elements.

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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