Swanstaff achieve Healthy Business award Swanstaff's Health and Wellbeing champion Tracey Lester said "it is great that we can be recognised for the work we do in supporting our employees with health and wellbeing, we ran a really successful week of wellbeing back in September which led to great engagement from our staff. We will be aiming to achieve the excellence award in 2017!" The Kent Healthy Business Awards are self-assessment standards that can help to improve the health of your workforce. They are also a great way to: showcase your people, services and skills build your reputation for commitment to best practice in health, safety and well being support your business development and tendering activity get support in developing policies and procedures show your compliance with laws and regulations.
Swanstaff launch Christmas Crates appeal Following on from the success of our Swan Socks campaign in 2015, where we collected and distributed over 1000 pairs of socks to the homeless, Swanstaff Recruitment have launched our 2016 winter charity campaign. Teams from our organisation will take part in a reverse advent calender challenge - donating an item to their crate on each day in December. The crates will then be delivered to local food banks, homeless shelters, animal shelters and similar organisations just before Christmas. Swanstaff are going one step further this year and are asking other companies and individuals to pledge their support by filling their own crate! They hope that this will enable widespread donations to those in need. Items in the crate will include non-perishable/long life foods, winter accessories (socks, gloves, hats etc) and essential household items and even specialist crates for animal shelters and children's wards at local hospitals. Swanstaff would like to thank everyone that has contributed, it has helped tremendous amounts!
Swanstaff Launch Training Services Swanstaff have provided training for our own employees and temporary workforce since we established in 1997. We are now expanding to offer bespoke and standard training packages to our client base and the wider market UK wide. Whilst we specialise in training for the Care sector we also offer a number of courses relevant to all workplaces including First Aid, Fire Safety and Manual Handling. Steve Rogers, Managing Director of Swanstaff said: “Training services are a great way for employers to invest in their staff; it shows the employee that they are valued and can improve their morale, job security and self-esteem. In turn this improves productivity. For many businesses training is a statutory requirement and we have experienced a vast difference in the quality of training offered, we’re excited to launch our new training products after receiving outstanding feedback from our workforce about the standard of our teaching.” To find out more about our courses please click here
Seeds for Dementia benefits hundreds of care homes Swanstaff began giving away Flower seeds to care and residential homes in August after discovering the benefits of gardening for Dementia patients. Since the giveaway started we have sent seeds to 126 care homes. Due to the unprecedented demand we stocked up with more seeds and are putting a closure date of Friday 30th September for organisations to claim their seeds. Ellie Lewis, Head of Marketing said "The response has been fantastic and we are looking forward to seeing some photos of the seeds being planted by residents. As a provider of staff to the healthcare industry we understand the important of providing activities service users and we felt that providing seeds to assist gardening activity would be a great way to get involved". A study in 2011 from Thrive showed that 6 months in to a Gardening Programme for Dementia patients, there were clear positive outcomes including: i) Self Identity – An example of this was “gives her a purpose” ii) Companionship – “Gives her a talking point when she is with other people” iii) Orientation – “Helped with orientation, he usually seems to know when it is a Friday and his visit to Thrive.” If you would like to claim Seeds for your Care home please email details of your Home Manager/Activities Coordinator and full postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org
Swan Family work in partnership with Royal Borough of Greenwich Council Children and young people (up to 19) make up 27% of the population in the borough and there are over 500 children looked after by The Royal Borough of Greenwich. The contract becomes part of our Swan Family portfolio – alongside 6 Swan Family Contact Centres across the UK. We focus on a child-led service which includes a number of innovative practices. We will work in synergy with The Royal Borough of Greenwich Council, to bring the two services together, sharing best practice and ensuring the child remains at the heart of the service. We will support improvements to the service including working to achieve NACCC accreditation. Steve Rogers, our CEO says “Swanstaff are delighted that we have been awarded the Greenwich contract. Our mission is to ensure that the child is at the heart of all of our supervised contact services. We ensure that our services are family friendly, and that contacts thake place in a relaxed and safe environment. We will ensure we provide Greenwich with an outstanding service whilst supporting them to achieve improvements and efficiencies.” To find out more about our services click here
Speedy Swans Take on Global’s Kart with a Heart The charity supports small but brilliant local charities nationwide which help youngsters and their families living with illness, disability or lack of opportunity. Swanstaff entered four teams of five for the 90 minutes Endurance Race and managed to raise an incredible £445 through a variety of fundraising activities, including a charity leg wax by five brave lads! Ellie Lewis, Head of Marketing at Swanstaff said “The event was really good fun and a brilliant way to raise money. It got a bit competitive out there and there were certainly some cheeky manoeuvres from the teams fighting for the top spot!” The event raised more than £5000 overall – doubling the 2015 total. To find out more about Make Some Noise click here - http://www.makesomenoise.com/ To find out more about Swanstaff visit – www.swanstaff.co.uk
C_n Sw_nst_ff s_ve lives? 'Missing Type' Campaign Asks For Blood Donations The campaign was launched by NHS Blood and Transplant Group, who asked people to drop three letters — A, O and B — from their names. These letters highlight the main blood types in danger of going missing due to low blood donation levels. Following on from our Swanstaff blood drive back in March we have transformed our logo to highlight the missing blood types. 1 in 5 people entering a hospital need blood, so donors are in constant demand. Patients with cancer, victims of accidents, and those undergoing surgery are just some of the recipients who may benefit from the donations made by Swanstaff employees. Some of our staff have donated again since the blood drive. Ellie Lewis, Marketing Manager, donated again last week and said: “Donating is so simple and easy. It only takes half an hour out of my day and it can save a life. I even get a text to say when my blood is being used. It’s such a sense of achievement.”
Swanstaff Walk for a World Without Dementia There are hundreds of similar events taking place throughout September and October in aid of the charity. Last year, 50,000 people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds took part and helped to raise an incredible £3.9m towards vital research into a cure for dementia. The staff at Swanstaff decided to get involved as a way to show support for not only the families and friends of those affected by dementia, but also the care homes they support who care for many residents with the condition. Swanstaff CEO Steve Rogers said, “Dementia is a condition affecting an increasing number of people nationwide every year, so raising money and awareness is more important than ever before. I am so proud of all the staff here who have decided to get involved in a Memory Walk to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. This is truly a great representation of staff “exceeding expectations, going the extra mile” which embodies one of the Swanstaff core values.” To get involved and find a memory walk near you, visit www.memorywalk.org.uk
Swanstaff Achieves ISO:9001 Registration From The British Assessment Bureau This independent assessment was conducted by the leading Certification Body, the British Assessment Bureau and demonstrates Swanstaff’s commitment to customer service and quality in delivery. Swanstaff has now earned the right to display the coveted British Assessment Bureau ISO 9001 certification mark to demonstrate its conformance to the standard. ISO 9001 was first introduced in 1987 and requires organisations to demonstrate that they do what they say they do and that they have a quality management system in place to ensure consistency and improvement; leading to high levels of performance and customer satisfaction. Certified organisations are committed to continuous improvement and are assessed annually to ensure progress is being maintained. Swanstaff has shown that it has a good service reliability and process controls which mean lower costs for its customers! CEO Steve Rogers said, “We are particularly pleased to have achieved ISO9001 certification as it underlines our commitment to our customers and our focus on quality. Not many customers get to see their suppliers’ ‘back-office’ activities. This recognition demonstrates we can provide a quality solution from quotation to delivery.” The benefits of registration to the ISO9001 standard include:- Streamlining an organisation’s procedures. Bringing consistency to an organisation’s service delivery. Reducing cost and rework. Improving an organisation’s management practices. Enhanced status. Competitive advantage.