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DESPITE PRAISE FROM the prime minister for its work with disadvantaged young people, Fairbridge is one of the latest casualties of the economic crisis in the charity sector. It will cease to function as an independent organisation in April but the Prince's Trust will take over its highly regarded work with 13 to 25-year-olds in inner cities. The merger follows the threat of substantial cuts in local authority funding for Fairbridge's 18 sites around Britain. Fairbridge works with young people that other organisations find difficult to engage, giving them the motivation, self-confidence and skills they need to turn their lives around. Staff believe the charity makes a real difference to the world, recording a positive score of 91%, in second place among the mid-sized bodies in our employee survey. The 300-strong staff, who help clients to contend with drug abuse, repeat offending and homelessness, believe the charity provides a great service (90%, in second place), think their work is stimulating (82%, the top score) and say they love working for the organisation (80%, third). Last year, Fairbridge helped 3,500 young people and its record of encouraging 85% of them to move into education, training or work has won plaudits from David Cameron. It also won the support of Damon Buffini, the former head of Permira, a private equity company, who became the organisation's president. Teamwork is critical to the charity's success and staff say they get a buzz working with their colleagues (75%, the top score) and they have fun doing their jobs (84%, also in first place). Staff have raised funds for the organisation by cycling over the Pyrenees, running the New York marathon and competing in the London triathlon. Andrew Purvis, the chief executive for the past two years, meets staff and clients beyond his London headquarters. Employees say senior managers truly live the values of the organisation (68%). Managers take an active interest in the wellbeing of their staff (78%, in third place) and people believe their jobs are good for their own personal growth (83%, a top score). fairbridge.org.uk

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Giving Something Back

97% of staff agreed

My organisation makes a positive difference to the world we live in

Fairbridge holds regional seminars usually every two - three years and a National Seminar which all employees attend over a few days in alternate years. At these events activities such as sports tournaments, dance, quizzes, team building, encouraging employees to mix with others from different teams and job functions. Central Office and Teams also hold their own team away days, for which the focus is fun and team bonding. An example of a recent team away day included a walking tour of the new Olympic site followed by boules in the park and a pub quiz written by Fairbridge team members.

My Company

96% of staff agreed

I feel proud to work for this organisation

Fairbridge holds regional seminars usually every two - three years and a National Seminar which all employees attend over a few days in alternate years. At these events activities such as sports tournaments, dance, quizzes, team building, encouraging employees to mix with others from different teams and job functions. Central Office and Teams also hold their own team away days, for which the focus is fun and team bonding. An example of a recent team away day included a walking tour of the new Olympic site followed by boules in the park and a pub quiz written by Fairbridge team members.

Leadership

93% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

They have the "Word of Bod" which is an email based newsletter which is circulated monthly collecting news and events from across the organisation and highlights the successes of individual staffers, teams and young people who come to Fairbridge. As well as celebrating milestone birthdays, births etc... and special achievements such as gaining a qualification or completing a sporting or fundraising event.

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Employees earning £35k+
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Companies offering a minimum of 26 days annual leave to all employees.

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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