Magenta Living

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THE RENAMING OF Wirral Partnership Homes to Magenta Living, and its move to a new head office, were marked with a “tea in the car park” celebration. This Birkenhead-based new entry, the largest registered provider of affordable housing in Wirral, has a close-knit team where people go out of their way to help each other (scoring 75% on the not-for-profit mid list) and have a lot of fun (74%). www.magentaliving.org.uk

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92% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

At Magenta Living their unique, partnership approach brings positive benefits to the local and wider community as well as securing value for money. Through partnerships they are able to offer an extensive programme of resident training and capacity building, all of which is free to participants. Local organisations such as Wirral Met College, Lifelong Learning and Union learn work with them to provide training in a wide range of topics from dressmaking to computing to key skills such as english and maths. They are able to provide accredited training at their community properties which leads to qualifications assisting residents to become more able to access employment as well as building skills confidence and self worth. Accessing employment opportunities is important within the challenging environment many of their residents face. Their innovative partnership with Job Centre Plus through their Wow (Working on Wirral|) project sites an employment skills advisor within their team, again at no cost to residents accessing the service. Four residents have found jobs within the first month of this exciting pilot project. Their partnership with Partners Credit Union (also sited within their building) has enabled them to set up their Digital Deal scheme where they offer cheap, recycled computer equipment to residents with the option to access affordable credit. This is accomplished by budgeting training and IT qualifications to combat digital exclusion. Partnerships with social enterprises address local issues, put money into the local economy and assist in employing local people. They support a range of social enterprises including 14-19 Wirral which specialises in youth consultation. A member of Magenta Living's staff sits on its board.

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85% of staff agreed

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

At Magenta Living their unique, partnership approach brings positive benefits to the local and wider community as well as securing value for money. Through partnerships they are able to offer an extensive programme of resident training and capacity building, all of which is free to participants. Local organisations such as Wirral Met College, Lifelong Learning and Union learn work with them to provide training in a wide range of topics from dressmaking to computing to key skills such as english and maths. They are able to provide accredited training at their community properties which leads to qualifications assisting residents to become more able to access employment as well as building skills confidence and self worth. Accessing employment opportunities is important within the challenging environment many of their residents face. Their innovative partnership with Job Centre Plus through their Wow (Working on Wirral|) project sites an employment skills advisor within their team, again at no cost to residents accessing the service. Four residents have found jobs within the first month of this exciting pilot project. Their partnership with Partners Credit Union (also sited within their building) has enabled them to set up their Digital Deal scheme where they offer cheap, recycled computer equipment to residents with the option to access affordable credit. This is accomplished by budgeting training and IT qualifications to combat digital exclusion. Partnerships with social enterprises address local issues, put money into the local economy and assist in employing local people. They support a range of social enterprises including 14-19 Wirral which specialises in youth consultation. A member of Magenta Living's staff sits on its board.

My Team

81% of staff agreed

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

Following Magenta Living's move to new premises, Partnership Building, launched `Magenta Living Team Challenge' with the emphasis on `how to make Magenta Living a better place to work' and the guidance that ideas have to benefit everyone. Each team were asked to come up with an idea that will make Magenta Living a better place to work and were given up to £1000 to make the idea a reality. It was also committed that if the winning idea was specific to Partnership Building, then £1000 was also available to purchase the same item for the new Building Services depot. Ideas were generated through discussion at team meetings and then put to a staff vote. There was a wide range of suggestions including installing a telescope in the staff area (The Observatory), to social events on a Friday, gym equipment and a pool table. The idea was effective as it brought teams together as the `Challenge' was discussed at Team Meetings and it generated team work, sharing of ideas and also created some fun and a `buzz' within the teams. Ultimately staff had ownership of the whole process from identifying the ideas to voting on the winner and helping to implement it.

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