Cwmbran-based charity, Disability Advice Project, is officially one of the best employers to work for in the UK as it has received the most coveted Investors in People Gold accreditation. Gold level is achieved by only 17% of accredited organisations.
The Investors in People report highlights how the charity quickly transformed the way it works to operate safely and effectively throughout the pandemic. The speed of change was described as exceptional, with everyone pulling together to work from home, so they could continue to fight for the rights of disabled people.
Commenting on the award, Pauline Jones, DAP founder and project manager, said: “I am immensely proud of our team’s impact in supporting disabled people and this award is recognition of their hard work. If we can help people to live better, more fulfilling lives by relieving their money worries and stress from the daily battle to get good quality care services then all their hard work is worth it. Despite very challenging times, we remain committed to our people, to continuous improvement, and to delivering the very best customer service.”
Paul Devoy, CEO of Investors in People, added: “We’d like to congratulate DAP. Gold accreditation is a fantastic effort for any organisation but is particularly remarkable given the small size of this charity, the fact that it is largely supported by volunteers, and especially because they gained Gold accreditation while in the grips of the COVID pandemic.”
DAP has nine staff and 18 volunteers, the majority of whom are disabled or the carer of a disabled person. DAP’s welfare rights service helps ensure disabled people, their families and carers receive full benefit entitlement, access to care and adaptations to live and move around independently. Its services are available in the Gwent area. However, the charity never turns anyone away and has clients across the UK.
If you need advice, please call DAP on 01633 485865.