Charity voted among best to work for in UK

Left to right, Glenn Dimelow, Best Companies Director, assistant director Karina Christiansen, director of operations Sally Hutfield, director of people and learning Liz Page and chief executive Nicola Youern
Left to right, Glenn Dimelow, Best Companies Director, assistant director Karina Christiansen, director of operations Sally Hutfield, director of people and learning Liz Page and chief executive Nicola Youern

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A CHARITY based in Fareham has been named as one of the best not-for-profit companies to work for.

For the third year in a row, YOU has made the prestigious Sunday Times top 100 Not-for-Profit Companies to Work For List 2012.

It came in 27th position overall, though came in the top 10 in some categories.

Liz Page, the charity’s director of people and learning, said: ‘We were delighted to hear we scored eighth in the country for Best Manager, and it was great to hear that we were in the top 10 for Leadership, too.’

The charity, which has been providing support, care and advice to vulnerable people in the south for more than 25 years, also came runner-up in the Best for Innovation in Engagement Practice’ award for introducing creative ways of working and engaging staff.

Based in Fareham with branches across the south, YOU provides services to people who are homeless or threatened with homelessness, people with a mental illness, people with a learning disability, young people – including young parents – at risk of homelessness, ex-offenders and women and children surviving domestic violence.

Nicola Youern, the charity’s chief executive, added: ‘This year, we were up against national charities and large housing associations so I was very pleased to see how well we did.

‘Given the current climate, being a Sunday Times Top 100 Employer for the third year running is an amazing achievement for us, for our morale, for recognition with commissioners and other stakeholders and recruitment candidates.’

Where the companies come on the list, and how many stars they are given, is based entirely on staff feedback, honouring companies who use employee engagement as an integral part of their success and growth.

In addition to coming 27th on the list, the YOU charity was awarded two stars.

‘Both the two-star status and the Best Companies List achievement are accomplishments shared by each and every member of the team, whose dedication, effort and pride in their work has enabled us to receive this recognition and made YOU such a lovely organisation to work for,’ said Liz.

After the awards were handed out, Sunday Times business editor Dominic O’Connell said: ‘There remains a vastly greater sense of making a positive difference to the world through work than exists in the private sector.’