Fareham-based Charity YOU were delighted to secure a place on the prestigious Sunday Times Best Not-for-Profit Companies to Work For List 2012 this year. And not only did the local charity see itself on the list for the third year running, it came an impressive 27th overall, with several categories receiving top 10 scores!
“We were delighted to hear we scored 8th in the country for Best Manager,” said Liz Page, Director of People and Learning. “And it was great to hear that we were in the top ten for Leadership, too.”
The Charity, which has been providing support, care and advice to vulnerable people in the South for over 25 years, also came runner up in the ‘Best for Innovation in Engagement Practice’ award for introducing creative ways of working and engaging staff both at Conferences and with the Pay & Reward Working Group.
YOU were also in the top 10 for managers being excellent role models, departments and teams working well together and staff being treated fairly.
“This year, we were up against national charities and large housing associations so I was very pleased so see how well we did,” said Nicola Youern, Chief Executive, “given the current climate, being a Sunday Times Top 100 Employer for the third year running is an amazing achievement for us, for our morale, for recognition with commissioners and other stakeholders and recruitment candidates.”
“Working for a not-for-profit organisation can still be a rewarding experience, “said Sunday Times Business Editor, Dominic O’Connell, “there remains a vastly greater sense of making a positive difference to the world through work than exists in the private sector.”
The announcement was made after the Best Companies List was revealed at a gala ceremony held in London last week. Positioning on the list and the award is based entirely on staff feedback, honouring companies who use employee engagement as an integral part of their success and growth. “Both the two star status and the Best Companies List achievement are accomplishments shared by each and every member of the team, whose dedication, effort and pride in their work has enabled us to receive this recognition and made YOU such a lovely organisation to work for,” said Liz.
Based in Fareham with branches across the south, YOU provides services to people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness, people with a mental illness, people with a learning disability, young people (including young parents) at risk of homelessness, ex-offenders and women and children surviving domestic violence.