The Kaleidoscope Plus Group

We are working to promote and support health and wellbeing across our area of operation.
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http://www.kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk

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Mental health charity, Kaleidoscope Plus Group, practises what it preaches by giving staff an hour during the working week to invest in their own wellbeing. During this time, colleagues can catch up with a friend, go for a walk, complete an e-learning course or engage in other activity that nourishes their health.

The charity provides mental health services to children, young people and adults on a national basis, along with bespoke mental health, wellbeing and suicide prevention training to individuals and organisations alike.

Established in 1973, the organisation was originally affiliated to the national mental health charity, Mind, and was known as Sandwell Mind.

In 2013, it became the Kaleidoscope Plus Group, a name that represents what colleagues and service-users believe it does — bring colour back into people's lives. It does this holistically by linking many different services and people together to help those who work with them or use their services to cope with the ever-changing face of life.

Recent initiatives to support employees' health and wellbeing include a SharePoint page to direct them to the staff perks that are on offer, such as nutritional advice and discounted gym memberships. Weekly "chai and chat" sessions were launched during the pandemic and staff could work together in a virtual office.

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Giving Something Back

88% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Mindful that many staff need to drive for work, the group's expenses policy includes a passenger rate for mileage. This pays drivers an extra five pence per mile for giving colleagues a lift to work, or other commitments, and reduces the impact on the environment.
My Manager

88% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

The charity believes its managers should harness their own talents and skills, rather than following a 'one-size-fits all' approach to leadership. 'StrengthScope' is a six-month programme that helps them identify and develop their seven biggest strengths, allowing them to establish their own leadership style.
My Company

88% of staff agreed

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

Offices have been remodelled and refurbished to accommodate a new, hybrid working style. Employees have not only been involved in the design, but, before returning to work in the office, can choose to decorate and furnish their areas how they like. Flexible working schedules can be agreed up front to ensure a healthy work/life balance.
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88% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Mindful that many staff need to drive for work, the group's expenses policy includes a passenger rate for mileage. This pays drivers an extra five pence per mile for giving colleagues a lift to work, or other commitments, and reduces the impact on the environment.
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88% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

The charity believes its managers should harness their own talents and skills, rather than following a 'one-size-fits all' approach to leadership. 'StrengthScope' is a six-month programme that helps them identify and develop their seven biggest strengths, allowing them to establish their own leadership style.
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88% of staff agreed

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

Offices have been remodelled and refurbished to accommodate a new, hybrid working style. Employees have not only been involved in the design, but, before returning to work in the office, can choose to decorate and furnish their areas how they like. Flexible working schedules can be agreed up front to ensure a healthy work/life balance.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1973
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
43
Employee average age
22% : 77%
Male : Female employee ratio
9%
Employees earning £35k+
30%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
Quote from the top...
We believe that the people who work so passionately to deliver our services are our greatest asset and that it's our duty to ensure they feel involved and appreciated at work. That's why employee engagement is centrepiece to what we do.

Monica Shafaq, Chief Executive

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