Ashford Borough Council

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Giving Something Back

82% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

This is Ashford Borough Council's second year of choosing a local charity to support. In 2015/16 the organisation supported Pilgrim's Hospice and this year they are supporting Retreat Animal Rescue. ABC's main fundraising event is their annual staff quiz night, where teams pay to join in and local companies donate prizes for the raffle. Last year the organisation raised £600 and this year £700 on this night alone. Staff donate when participating in fun staff events, such as their bubble football tournament. The organisation also participates in the Christmas tree recycling project that Pilgrim's Hospice run every year. ABC's volunteering policy enables staff to take one day per year to work with a local organisation of their choice. The organisation employs a member of staff to run a Job Club every Monday and will support any resident that is actively looking for work through this. They provide advice on interview skills and techniques, courses and training, support with job searching, voluntary work and job applications, plus careers advice and CV workshops. ABC also work closely with a local charity called Porchlight and fund a part time dedicated member of staff to work with and assist homeless people in Ashford (often including ex-offenders and those recovering from addiction). This year ABC has contributed £30k towards this.

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79% of staff agreed

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

This is Ashford Borough Council's second year of choosing a local charity to support. In 2015/16 the organisation supported Pilgrim's Hospice and this year they are supporting Retreat Animal Rescue. ABC's main fundraising event is their annual staff quiz night, where teams pay to join in and local companies donate prizes for the raffle. Last year the organisation raised £600 and this year £700 on this night alone. Staff donate when participating in fun staff events, such as their bubble football tournament. The organisation also participates in the Christmas tree recycling project that Pilgrim's Hospice run every year. ABC's volunteering policy enables staff to take one day per year to work with a local organisation of their choice. The organisation employs a member of staff to run a Job Club every Monday and will support any resident that is actively looking for work through this. They provide advice on interview skills and techniques, courses and training, support with job searching, voluntary work and job applications, plus careers advice and CV workshops. ABC also work closely with a local charity called Porchlight and fund a part time dedicated member of staff to work with and assist homeless people in Ashford (often including ex-offenders and those recovering from addiction). This year ABC has contributed £30k towards this.

My Team

79% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

Ashford Borough Council recognise the importance of physical, emotional and financial wellbeing. They run financial seminars, highlight the importance of good mental health and encourage physical activity. Each month their staff magazine has a ‘Wellbeing Wonders' article, which focuses on a different aspect of wellness. Every Spring they also conduct a ‘Workplace Wellness Week'. This year this included mini health checks, mindfulness sessions, cycle checks, free massages, encouragement to take part in ‘On your feet Britain day', body blast classes, information about Mental Health Awareness Week and a lunchtime run. Staff receive a discounted gym membership and every month a company comes and offers staff discounted wellness treatments over the lunch period, from massages to reflexology. They also offer smoking cessation courses annually. ABC's Employee Assistance Programme provides a proactive approach to wellbeing and the organisation also offer face-to-face counselling too (eight sessions and including CBT), couples counselling and telephone counselling for family members. ABC Identify all workplace stressors and conduct risk assessments to eliminate or control the risk from stress. These risk assessments are also regularly reviewed by Managers.

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