Living Wage Commitment
WIRRAL EVOLUTIONS CELEBRATES LIVING WAGE COMMITMENT The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Wirral Evolutions has today accredited as a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Wirral Evolutions, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or temporary contractors; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25 - significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70 and the new minimum wage premium for over 25s of £7.20 per hour introduced this April. The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet. Chris Beyga, Managing Director explained why the company has decided to become a Living Wage Employer: "We have become a Living Wage Employer because we are committed to investing in our workforce and ensuring we provide top quality staff who in turn provide top quality services to the people we support, as an ethical employer operating in a Living Wage Borough such as Wirral we feel we have a duty and a responsibility to step up and take on this responsibility" Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. Living Wage Foundation Director, Katherine Chapman said: “We are delighted to welcome Wirral Evolutions to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer. “The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay." “We have accredited over 2,600 leading employers, including Wirral Evolutions, ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that." You can find out more about the Living Wage by visiting www.livingwage.org.uk
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Update from WE Board re MD Recruitment
Following the recent recruitment process for the permanent post of Managing Director, Carey Bamber (Chair, Wirral Evolutions) has formally written to all staff to advise the outcome. Please find a copy of the letter below for your information (click on the image below to download a copy of this letter).
Gateway Award Celebrations
On Friday 1st July 42 participants on the Gateway Award’s Programme, run locally by both Wirral Mencap and Wirral Evolutions, received Bronze and Silver certificates for their accomplishments after two years on the programme. The Gateway Award is a personal development programme for people with a learning disability, structured like the Duke of Edinburgh Award. On Friday 1st July a party was held in their honour to distribute certificates and to mark a huge achievement for many people who have developed new and existing skills and reached personal goals. The award covers 5 areas of personal development; Hobbies, Lifestyle, Fitness, Volunteering and Challenge. It encourages people with a learning disability to try new things and gain confidence and independence. One participant commented ‘I enjoy all the new things we learn with Gateway’ another stated ‘I am happy and smiling when I join in Gateway activities with all my new friends’. It helps to build a busy week but more importantly supports people to learn life skills and achieve greater independence. The Award also assists people into volunteering placements which enhances their quality of life and enables them to contribute to their local community. The Challenge element is a fantastic opportunity for people to reach their goals and this year we saw 10 people take part in the Wirral Coastal Walk, really pushing their own limits whilst raising over £150 for Wirral Mencap. Chris Beyga, Acting Managing Director for Wirral Evolutions says ‘we are very proud of all the people we support and their achievements, the work by our wonderful staff to enable these achievements is wonderful to see and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Mencap to deliver the Gateway Award’
Newsletter July 2016
Here is the latest version of our newsletter, Evolve, hope you enjoy it! July has been another busy month at Wirral Evolutions. If you would like to share information about events or good news stories, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (Please click the image below to download)
Open Day 2016
17th June saw our first ever Open Day, when our services across the Wirral opened their doors to share the work that we do with the wider community. The feedback we have had following the event has been amazing, and we are really proud of all the hard work that everyone put in to making the day a success. 'I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to all our staff who worked so hard before and on the day so that people can see what excellent work goes on every day to support people.' Chris Beyga (Acting MD) The day gave different organisations the opportunity to come and find out what we do and for those interested in attending our services in the future to find out what is on offer for them. We had the opportunity to speak to a number of parents and cares on the day and to answer questions and give them further information about what people can expect from our services. 'Totally revamped, no longer the day centres of the past. Managers and staff are committed to giving the clients the best. My son is going to have an amazing time.' Sue Mahoney (Parent) Those who visited The Grange were also treated to a preview of the newest Best Bites venture, Bluebelle's Tea Rooms which will soon be open to the public. 'It was amazing, food lovely with a friendly atmosphere.' Diane Walker (via Facebook) 'Gorgeous set up, gorgeous food & Georgia who served us was lovely. Great day, fantastic settings' Foxlfield PTA (via twitter) A gallery of photographs from the day can be found over on our Facebook Page
Join us for our first Open Day/Showcase event across all of our services on Friday 17th June from 10am – 2pm. This is intended to showcase and promote the amazing work our teams do on a daily basis. In addition to activities at The Grange, in each centre on this day there will be an ‘Open Day’, we want to be able to throw the doors open (safely if course!) to parents, carer, families, friends of, local community, partners…. in fact everyone! We think this will be a great opportunity for us to showcase the great work in a coordinated way across the whole company on the same day and we hope you will join us on that day either at The Grange or at one of our many sites across the borough!
Newsletter June 2016
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Staff from Wirral Evolutions have been honoured at the first of a newly-inaugurated annual awards ceremony. The Being Excellent and Succeeding Together (BEST) Awards will be an annual celebration of the hard work of everyone involved with Wirral Evolutions. The event, held at Wallasey’s Grosvenor Ballroom, saw the achievements of employees, volunteers and apprentices recognised, following a busy first twelve months of work. Wirral Evolutions, a spin-off company from Wirral Council, is a specialist social care services provider, covering the whole of the Wirral. During the ceremony, Managing Director of Wirral Evolutions Chris Beyga thanked the assembled teams for their commitment and dedication throughout the year, and praised their successes. Chris Beyga says: “I couldn’t be more proud of all the team members here. Each individual is key to our success, and it’s their dedication, spirit and drive which makes us so successful as an organisation. ‘This awards ceremony is about saying thank you to everyone in our team, from the apprentices just starting out to our long standing employees. We have 160 highly skilled employees as well as volunteers, and every one of them plays their part in providing great services. ‘I like to think of Wirral Evolutions as a family, and it’s important that we can all get together and take a moment to really sit back and look at what we’ve achieved here. ‘From day one it’s been our mission to nurture and guide each and every one of our staff, and seeing them now, ready and prepared to take on new challenges is so rewarding. Our workforce is one to be proud of and is something to be celebrated.’