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Vibrance scoops prestigious national award


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Vibrance chief executive, Paul Allen, and Kathy Stapleton, HR manager, with the Silver Investors in People award.

An Ilford-based charity has scooped a prestigious national employment award given out to fewer than 850 organisations in the country.

Vibrance - a leading social care provider in Essex and the south east that supports vulnerable people with disabilities – was awarded the Investors in People Silver award for the way it has transformed business performance through the support and motivation of its team.

HR director Nita Desir-Adeshiyan, said: “When I heard we had achieved the Silver award, I had to sit back and take a breath. It is fantastic news and it proves what we have felt for a long time – that Vibrance is an excellent place to work.”

Vibrance, which has been providing essential support since 1989, offers community day services, low-support housing, nursing and care homes, respite care, supported employment and self-directed services to 850 people in nine local authority areas.

The organisation, which has its head office in Roden Street, employs around 400 people and was named in The Sunday Times ‘100 Best Companies To Work For’ in 2012.

The Investors in People Silver award has been awarded to only 837 organisations in the country, which is just 5 per cent of all organisations awarded the Investors in People Standard. The Standard is a framework of best practice, awarded to well-run organisations that meet set criteria such as learning and development, leadership skills and reward of staff amongst others.

John Telfer, managing director of Inspiring Business Performance Ltd (IBP), the organisation that delivers Investors in people for London and the south, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Vibrance, and clearly shows that continual improvement and development is a top priority.

“Over a third of the UK’s workforce uses Investors in People today, and this is because of the many benefits that being accredited can bring. Once key decision makers implement changes for the better, the effects can often be seen across all areas on an organisation.”

An organisation can achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold status by meeting additional evidence requirements from across the Investors in people framework. To secure the Silver award, organisations must demonstrate an additional 76 or more pieces of evidence above the core standards.

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