Accreditations

Investors in People Gold Standard Award

Newydd retained the Investors in People Gold Standard Award in September 2016 against their new framework. This prestigious quality standard is an internationally recognised accreditation held by 14,000 organisations worldwide. The Standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results. Achieving the standard gives an assurance we are amongst the very best in the world, when it comes to people management. We have been an Investors in People organisation for 19 years and were first awarded the Gold Standard in 2011 on our first attempt – a significant achievement. To retain the award, we have met a total of 27 different indicators. These indicators cover a wide range of areas including empowering and involving people, supporting people to realise their full potential and corporate social responsibility.

Best Companies Top 100

We participate in the Best Companies benchmarking survey. The survey measures the level of engagement of our people. A high level of engagement is a powerful indicator that people in our organisation feel valued and motivated. We have a been a 2* status employer since 2014, and celebrate four years in the Top 100 not for profit places to work in the UK. We are currently in 17th position which is a great achievement and continue to work with our people to make Newydd an even better place to work.

Wales Housing Management Standards for Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour

Newydd was awarded the Welsh Government’s standard for dealing with Anti-Social Behaviour in January 2013. Staff and tenant members of the Anti-Social Behaviour Sub Group have worked hard to ensure that Newydd’s services are focused on:

  • Commitment and accountability
  • Empowering and reassuring residents
  • Prevention and early intervention
  • Support to tackle the causes of anti-social behaviour
  • Tailored services and support for victims and witnesses
  • Protecting and encouraging community responsibility

Leading Diversity

The Cadarn and Newydd Boards have both signed up to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s Leading Diversity by 2020 challenges. These are a few of the things we have promised to do over the next few years:

  • Publish information on the diversity of our Boards and staff team
  • Set targets for increasing the diversity of our Board
  • Ensure all staff and Board members involved in recruitment have been trained on fair practices 
  • Provide support to enable under-represented groups develop the skills and confidence they need

Green Travel Plan

A Travel Plan is a reasoned action plan designed to help organisations implement measures to reduce the need for people to travel to and from a site. It also helps to facilitate and encourage the remainder to travel more sustainably by encouraging alternatives such as walking, cycling and public transport. Our Green Travel Plan is designed to outline what our group currently provides and what we would like to achieve in the future.

We are looking to promote greener and cleaner travel choices and reduce the environmental impact of our travel and transport and at the same time encourage our staff to have more active and healthier lifestyles. We have achieved the Welsh Travel Plan Gold award in 2016 which was presented by Sustrans.

Corporate Health Standard

The Corporate Health Standards is an initiative for employers to improve the health of the workforce and their organisation. It is run by the Welsh Government and is the quality mark for workplace health promotion in Wales. The work to achieve the standard is consistent with the business excellence model, which drives quality and organisational development in many organisations

We achieved the Bronze award in 2015 and are hoping to achieve the Silver award in 2017.

Visibly better

Visibly Better Cymru is RNIB’s accreditation scheme for supported housing in Wales. We are working in partnership with RNIB to achieve the Visibly Better standard at each of our Independent Living Schemes. Visibly better helps supported housing providers ensure their properties, services and staff are able to meet the needs of this growing population in a simple and cost effective way, and ensures that our homes and related services are accessible by those people with sight conditions or loss of sight.

Inside Housing Innovation Index

Inside Housing and Dolphin Index’s survey of housing association innovation finds a sector that is learning how to embrace change, in 2016 Newydd appeared on the list and ranked number 25.