Inspire North

At Inspire North we provide award-winning services and accredited training in mental health, wellbeing, housing and domestic abuse.
http://www.inspirenorth.co.uk

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Inspire North are a mental health and housing support charity providing a wide range of psychological and wellbeing services throughout the North of England for more than 3,000 clients.

People, integrity, collaboration and passion are the charity's watchwords and these principles drive the way the charity treats its own 460 staff and make it a great place to work. It says its ethos is to “put people at the heart of everything we do” and inspire them to bring energy and dedication to their roles and to be their authentic selves.

The charity firmly believes that its people's ideas are its real strength and encourages them to take ownership to put initiatives into action. Staff fill out WOW postcards on the company intranet to nominate colleagues who have “wowed” them through their commitment, resulting in monthly rewards.

Reacting to the pandemic, Inspire North's Covid strategy has involved coaching managers to support their colleagues while the CEO and group MD have sent out regular wellbeing vlogs to keep everyone updated and informed about developments through a company-wide WhatsApp. Every quarter, all staff are invited to an informal catch-up meeting with an executive board member to raise any questions or concerns.

Featured Workplace Factors

Leadership

90% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

Senior leaders pride themselves on rewarding initiative and good work through highlighting achievements on a weekly Keeping Connected email. They have also acknowledged phenomenal work over and above duty by sending gifts sent to employee's homes. Instead of a Christmas party, all staff were given four hours paid time to take a break from their normal working day as well as an extra day's holiday this year.

Personal Growth

84% of staff agreed

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

Inspire runs a 'Future Leaders Programme', an intensive 3-6 month programme to develop leadership and management skills. It is designed for individuals who want to progress into management and have a passion, commitment and work ethos aligned to the organisation's values.

My Team

88% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

After a Public Health England report concluded last year that members of the BAME community were more at risk from serious Covid 19 disease, the charity developed a Covid 19 Risk Matrix to identify vulnerable team members who could be targeted for physical and psychological safety measures to reduce any anxiety about returning to work.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2018
Total number of employees
41
Number of UK locations
42
Employee average age
27% : 73%
Male : Female employee ratio
13%
Employees earning £35k+
18%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

Benefits

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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Quote from the top...
"This is a phenomenal achievement during the COVID-19 pandemic which both confirms and reaffirms our commitment to providing an outstanding place to work. As an organisation we lead with our values – people, passion, integrity and collaboration. Our ethos puts people at the heart of all we do – both our clients and employees. This accolade is for all of us. It is testament to our inclusive and diverse culture and the hard work and dedication of everyone over the last 12 months. I am so proud of each and every one of our employees who have continue to support our clients whilst managing the challenges of the pandemic on their personal lives. It’s all about the teamwork!"

Donna Gooby, Director of People and Culture - Inspire North

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