Aisling Duffy selected for The Guardian Public Leaders editorial advisory board 2017

Certitude is delighted by the announcement that Aisling Duffy, Chief Executive, has been appointed to the Guardian’s Public Leaders Network 2017 editorial advisory board.

Each year, nominations are made from across The Guardian Public Leaders network with individuals selected from all areas of public service, including central and local government, housing, the voluntary sector and health and social care. The chosen ten leaders will provide expert insight on the editorial board over the coming year.

Aisling says: ‘I am honoured and delighted to be joining this esteemed group of Public Leaders. I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work together with colleagues to further enhance the conversation and debate that is essential to support sustainability, share best practice and drive innovation in our public services’.

You can read more about the 2017 Board here

Double win at the 3rd Sector Care Awards!

The 3rd Sector Care Awards took place on Wednesday 7th December at the London Marriot Hotel Grosvenor Square to celebrate and showcase the innovation and excellence of the not-for-profit care sector.

Certitude were shortlisted as finalists for two awards – the Creative Arts Award and as part of the Lambeth Integrated Personalised Support Alliance (IPSA) for the Collaboration Award. The awards were presented by Dame Esther Ranzten with fantastic performances by Kerry Darby and Dance Unity.

Congratulations to our Community Development Team for winning the Creative Arts Award. Jake, Vaia and Andy have worked incredibly hard this year to increase the variety of creative art projects available to people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health support needs, building a regular following of people for workshops and events such as the Cut a Rug nights, life drawing, community choirs and gallery visits. The judging panel were impressed by the work of the team in breaking down barriers between people we support and their local communities.

Just as the excitement was settling down, the IPSA team : Certitude, Thames Reach, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group and Lambeth Council were announced as the winners for the Collaboration Award for their innovative work providing support to people with complex mental health support needs in Lambeth. Through this work, families have been reconnected and people are recovering and finding new purpose to their lives.

This is an amazing achievement and very well deserved by both teams. Well done to all the nominees and winners!

Richmond announcement

Certitude is delighted to announce that it has been chosen by the London Borough of Richmond to provide a range of supported living and residential support for people with learning disabilities living in Richmond.

The contract will commence early in 2016 and includes some long standing services as well a number of new services designed specifically to support young people with complex needs as they move into adulthood.

Cllr David Marlow, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said:

“Helping the most vulnerable adults in our community must be at the heart of everything we do. Supported living helps people with a learning disability to live independently. The services they receive help them with every day skills, personal care, travel, training or indeed employment.

“It enables them to embrace independence by supporting them to be able to make their own choices and decisions about their lives.”

Certitude Chief Executive, Aisling Duffy says:

“We are so pleased to be able to extend our support to Richmond. We very much look forward to getting to know the people we will be supporting, their families, staff and wider support networks and working together with Richmond Borough Council to ensure people have support which is right for them. At Certitude we believe that everyone has the right to a good life. Understandably, people want different things – it is our job to listen, find out what people want and then work together to make it happen.”

Certitude recognised as an investor in people

Certitude is delighted to announce that it has been awarded the Investors in People Bronze Standard, demonstrating their commitment to realising the potential of their staff.

Investors in People is the UK’s leading accreditation for business improvement through people management, and provides a wealth of resources for businesses to innovate, improve and grow, with a focus on good people making great business.

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “Achieving the Investors in People Bronze standard is something that any organisation should be truly proud of. It is the sign of a company which is truly committed to good people management practice and we’d like to congratulate Certitude on their achievement.”

Commenting on the award, Aisling Duffy, Chief Executive said: “I am thrilled to confirm that Certitude has been awarded Investor in People Bronze accreditation. This means that we have not only maintained our previous IIP status but progressed to Bronze. Only 20% of IIP accredited organisations have a metallic award so this is a great achievement. A very special thank you to the colleagues from across all roles in Certitude who openly shared their experience of Certitude. We really appreciate your time as well as your honest and thoughtful contributions.”