Disability Works: How HR can break down workplace barriers with reasonable adjustments
Mar16

Disability Works: How HR can break down workplace barriers with reasonable adjustments

Guest blog by Katharine McIntosh, Policy Officer at the MS Society When Chris was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) five years ago, his first reaction was that he would lose his job – but when he told his employers, they reassured him straight away that he would have a role with them for life. Unfortunately, positive responses like this aren’t as common as we’d like to see. A recent survey carried out by the MS Society...

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Robeys Blog: A Vision of Loveliness
Mar15

Robeys Blog: A Vision of Loveliness

I’m know I’m almost alone in this, but when I start a new job, one of the first things I want to know is whether the company has a Vision Statement. I’ve always found it a real window into the heart of a company… but possibly not for the reasons that the authors intended.  For example, where a vision is vaguely worded but grandiose, I see a lack of confidence and direction.  Where a vision is long-winded and unmemorable, I see a...

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Welsh bereavement charity raises £24,000 through annual ‘Little Ball of Hope’
Mar14

Welsh bereavement charity raises £24,000 through annual ‘Little Ball of Hope’

Welsh Charity 2 Wish Upon A Star has raised over £24,000 at its annual Little Ball of Hope, smashing last year’s total of £18,000. The ball was held at The Celtic Manor Hotel on Saturday night (4th March) and saw over 320 people attend in full masquerade ball attire. The evening also featured a performance from Cȏr Seren, a choir devised of 2 Wish Upon A Star volunteers and supported families. The funds were raised through ticket...

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Disabled welsh individuals and their carers set to lose vital support
Mar10

Disabled welsh individuals and their carers set to lose vital support

A project created to support people with work limiting health conditions and their carers, many of whom juggle their caring responsibilities with employment, is set to lose funding. The Disability Advice Project (DAP) targeting indviduals living in the Bridgend, Neath and Port Talbot areas provides free life coaching which empowers people to gain confidence, achieve personal goals and improve their lives, as well as move towards...

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Robey’s Blog: ‘What we have here is a failure to communicate’
Mar09

Robey’s Blog: ‘What we have here is a failure to communicate’

Robey Jenkins, HR Manager for Age UK Gloucestershire, shares his weekly blog.  This week he discusses how HR can overcome the challenges of communicating with a multi-generational workforce: I found myself, once more, spending a good portion of a day off in a local school conducting mock interviews with Year 10 children (ages 14-15).  In the course of the day I interviewed them for jobs as diverse as sports coach, accountant,...

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Young Women’s Trust urges employers to “be bold for change” in male-dominated sectors
Mar08

Young Women’s Trust urges employers to “be bold for change” in male-dominated sectors

Construction companies Balfour Beatty and Wates today, on International Women’s Day, took the Young Women’s Trust pledge to recruit more women to their apprenticeship programmes – and the charity is urging more employers to join them. The charity’s research has found that young women are often shut out of male-dominated sectors like construction and engineering due to gender stereotypes. Young women who have gone into male-dominated...

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Robey’s Blog: Why SMEs should pay attention to the Apprenticeship Levy
Mar02

Robey’s Blog: Why SMEs should pay attention to the Apprenticeship Levy

I didn’t pay much attention to news of the Apprenticeship Levy.  I knew it was happening, of course.  But I wasn’t very interested.  The levy is a tax on businesses that applies to any business with a wage bill of £3m or more – I should be so lucky, I thought, and moved on to the next thing. But at the HRD Summit in January I happened to fall into conversation with Chris, from AO who had recently taken on responsibility for his...

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Miller Homes employees raise over £228,000 for Habitat for Humanity
Feb28

Miller Homes employees raise over £228,000 for Habitat for Humanity

A massive fundraising effort by Miller Homes has seen the company more than double its fundraising target for global development charity Habitat for Humanity GB’s Hope Builders Campaign, raising almost quarter of a million pounds in just 12 months. The leading housebuilder had challenged its employees to raise an initial target of £100,000 for the campaign throughout 2016, however this total was smashed in September, four months ahead...

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Caring optometrist Ben sets his sights on helping the homeless
Feb28

Caring optometrist Ben sets his sights on helping the homeless

With the number of people sleeping rough at an all-time high, one caring optometrist has given up his time to help a charity which provides free eye tests and glasses for the homeless. Ben Richardson, aged 28, who lives in Maidenhead and works at the Vision Express store in Reading, travelled to the London Crisis Centre recently to spend the day volunteering for ‘Vision Care for Homeless People‘, a charity supplying...

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Fleet Operations triples fundraising target with £12,000 charity bonanza
Feb28

Fleet Operations triples fundraising target with £12,000 charity bonanza

Leading independent fleet consultancy Fleet Operations has smashed its 2016 annual fundraising target by raising £12,000 for local and national charities. Staff from the Newcastle-under-Lyme company were given a £4,000 goal at the start of 2016 and set about organising different ways to reach their target. Events included a challenging hike up Mount Snowdon, Cycle London Orbital – a 117-mile static bike ride – and most recently, a...

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Ayr based law firm raises £6000 for local vasculitis charity.
Feb24

Ayr based law firm raises £6000 for local vasculitis charity.

Staff at the Ayr branch of solicitors Digby Brown have raised a staggering £6000 for The Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation, a local vasculitis charity based in Kilmarnock. Digby Brown nominated LCTF as their local charity of the year and throughout 2016 raised funds by organising a regular dress-down Friday, hamper prize draws, and bake sales. The Digby Brown team also ran the Vasculitis Awareness 5k in June at Dean Castle Country...

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Europa pledges to match fund employees’ charity efforts up to £25,000
Feb24

Europa pledges to match fund employees’ charity efforts up to £25,000

Europa Worldwide, which is headquartered in Dartford and has branches throughout the UK, has pledged to donate up to £25,000 to charity as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, by match funding the amount of money staff raise through charity fundraising events this year. The business has launched its 50:50 charity promise which will see it donate the same amount of money raised by the first 50 staff who take part in any sponsored...

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Online Travel Agency’s Customers Raise £10k To Help Grant Seriously Ill Children’s Wishes

The customers of an online travel agency in the UK have together raised more than £10,000 to help grant the wishes of children with serious or life limiting illnesses. This has been possible through the travel agency’s partnership with the charity Rays of Sunshine which was formed back in summer of 2015. Since late summer in 2015, online travel agency www.sunshine.co.uk has been working with Rays of Sunshine –...

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Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Promotes Diverse Talent and Leadership Across Generations

£58,000 in IICF grants awarded to six UK charities at post-conference reception  The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) UK held its inaugural conference on Leading Across Generations at the City Grange Hotel in London on 26 January, raising an estimated £20,000 for local charities that support education and social mobility. Approximately 100 representatives across the insurance industry attended the conference, which...

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Robeys Blog: Learning to learn
Feb23

Robeys Blog: Learning to learn

I do sometimes (often, actually) wish the HR profession wasn’t so jargon-filled.  It makes us easy targets for ridicule and derision, which in its turn means that our value is often overlooked.  But we have always been a profession in which immense significance can turn upon the choice of one word over another: something we share with politicians and lawyers.  As a result, we do tend to get bogged down in semantics that are of immense...

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