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United Response tops off a winning year with award for training excellence by National Skills Academy

United Response tops off a winning year with award for training excellence by National Skills Academy

United Response’s skilled and creative workforce has topped off a remarkable year by collecting its third major award for training and development, being given “Excellent Provider” status by the prestigious National Skills Academy for Social Care (NSCASC) following a rigorous application and review process. The national disability charity becomes the tenth organisation in England to achieve this coveted award, with the NSASC saying;

"Visiting United Response was an uplifting and inspiring experience. The whole organisation lives and breathes social care values, and the inclusion of people who use their services is intrinsic to everything they do. They are an exemplar organisation, making a real difference to the quality of life for the people they serve, and they have much to be proud of."

The award follows a series of recognitions for United Response’s training and development. In October, United Response was the first employer organisation to gain Recognition under the National Skills Academy for Social Care’s endorsement framework. At the same time, the disability charity was recognised for its commitment to equal opportunities with the award of the Investors in Diversity level 2 standard from the National Centre for Diversity.

The NSCASC’s Excellent Provider Award provides a guarantee of quality training, designed specifically for the adult social care sector. Debbie Sorkin, Director of Engagement, National Skills Academy: "One of our key aims is to make excellent training and development available to those working in adult social care. Our Excellent Provider Award shows where this can be found. We know that improved training means better care. I'm very pleased that United Response has been recognised in this way."

Emma Marshall, HR Business Partner, United Response, said: "We are extremely proud to have been given an Excellent Provider Award following the Skills Academy's rigorous, challenging but helpful assessment. We are particularly pleased that the award is for our learning and development programme, as committed, creative, well trained and values-led staff mean that the support we give to people with disabilities will be up to the high standard they deserve. We'd also like to thank all our hard working employees for truly deserving this recognition."

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For more information, please contact Sarah Bartlett or Jaime Gill in the United Response Press Office on 020 8246 5237/ 020 8246 5122 or email sarah.bartlett@unitedresponse.org.uk or jaime.gill@unitedresponse.org.uk

Notes to editors:
United Response is a national charity that works with people with learning disabilities, mental health needs or physical disabilities – including some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Our vision is a society where disabled people are equal participants and have access to the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

United Response is community based, working in many localities across England and Wales. We are a top 50 national charity with a turnover of over £60 million, employing more than 2,500 staff and working with around 2,000 people at any one time.

We provide everything from 24 hour care to a few hours of support a week. Our support is always designed around each person because we know one size does not fit all. Some people may require minimal support; those with complex needs may require considerably more.

We plough our resources back into ensuring the quality of the support we provide, particularly in training, and have been shortlisted for ten major awards in three years, winning a National Training Award. We are pioneers in the areas of communications and inclusion, with particular expertise in communicating in a simple and accessible way. We have worked with the Government and many major financial services organisations on making politics and financial information understandable for people with learning disabilities.

To find out more about United Response’s work go to www.unitedresponse.org.uk
 

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