Swanswell recognised for its continued commitment to diversity
17 January 2011
Swanswell has become one of the first voluntary sector organisations in the West Midlands to achieve level two of the Investors in Diversity (Iid) standard.
Swanswell, a national charity which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug misuse, was awarded the accolade after being assessed by the National Centre for Diversity (NCD).
An official from the NCD spent two days with Swanswell talking to staff, service users and stakeholders to get a feel for the organisation and how it works to help everyone feel well, do well and be happy.
In their report, the assessor was impressed that ‘staff were talking about a very welcoming feel to the organisation where individuals are supported and encouraged to identify ideas that will benefit the organisation.’
They also felt that ‘there is a very inclusive environment and the people are very approachable.’
In addition, the assessor said there was ‘clear evidence that the staff and the service users have adapted to diversity. They have developed systems and processes and a culture whereby the staff are able to deal with the service user’s individual needs.’
Jamil Ahmed, IiD advisor, said: ‘It takes great courage and fortitude to be a pioneer and we admire your courage in taking forward Investors in Diversity. We wish Swanswell all the best in the future and look forward to working with them in the years to come.’
The latest recognition comes only a year after the national charity achieved level one status – and is one of a string of recent awards for Swanswell.
Natacha Bogard, Swanswell Diversity Lead, said: ‘Swanswell has come a long way since our first assessment in October 2009. In just one year we’ve reached level 2 accreditation which shows how committed Swanswell is to diversity.
'Our next aim is to be a leader in diversity by encouraging other organisations we work with to take up good practice in ensuring equality in their workplace and their service.’
Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell Chief Executive, said: ‘Achieving IiD accreditation is an amazing achievement and we’re incredibly proud that we’ve accomplished these standards.
‘Our service users, our customers and our commissioners can take comfort from the fact we take equality and diversity very seriously, and are committed to achieving our ambition of offering our clients the best possible chance of leading happier lives.’