Char­ity team puts peo­ple first to win gold stan­dard award

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

A CHAR­ITY team are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter pick­ing up an award which shows they are in the elite for look­ing af­ter staff and vol­un­teers.

Rossendale Trust, in Sut­ton, has been awarded the In­vestors in Peo­ple Gold Stan­dard award, which means it joins the top seven per cent of ac­cred­ited or­gan­i­sa­tions across the UK who have achieved this cov­eted award. The award recog­nises or­gan­i­sa­tions which work hard to cre­ate a good work­ing en­vi­ron­ment for staff and pro­vide train­ing.

The trust pro­vides sup­ported liv­ing care to adults with learn­ing and phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties in apart­ments in Sut­ton and Mac­cles­field and houses in Bux­ton.

It re­lies on do­na­tions to keep run­ning and staff and vol­un­teers, as well as friends of the char­ity, take part in reg­u­lar events to raise cash.

Denise Rid­dell, train­ing co-or­di­na­tor of the Rossendale Trust, said: “This is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment for our team of staff here.

“It’s a real mea­sure of how well the Trust sup­ports not only the vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in our care but also our staff.

“The Rossendale Trust em­ploys more than 170 full and part time staff and has un­der­gone fun­da­men­tal change in the last five to six years.

“We aim to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment where ev­ery­one is en­cour­aged to reach their full po­ten­tial.”

Paul Devoy, head of In­vestors in Peo­ple, con­grat­u­lated Rossendale Trust on their Gold stan­dard.

He said: “Such a high level of ac­cred­i­ta­tion is the sign of great peo­ple man­age­ment prac­tice and demon­strates a com­mit­ment to staff devel­op­ment and shows an or­gan­i­sa­tion com­mit­ted to be­ing the very best it can be.

“The Rossendale Trust should be ex­tremely proud of their achieve­ment.”

Fundrais­ing at the mo­ment in­cludes Karl Down­ing, who works in PR and fundrais­ing for the char­ity, run­ning the Lon­don Marathon in aid of the Trust.

To boost his spon­sor­ship funds he is host­ing a quiz night on Thurs­day, April 14 at the Porters Prince of Wales in Mac­cles­field with teams com­pet­ing for prizes and a raf­fle also held on the night. Tick­ets cost £10 per per­son with teams lim­ited to four play­ers. The ticket price in­cludes hot food and live mu­sic from the Lan­g­ley-based Teggs Nose Pickas. Tick­ets are now on sale from 01260 252216 or email karl.down­ing@

●● The Rossendale Trust has been awarded the In­vestors in Peo­ple Gold Stan­dard

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