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‘Inspiring’ Katie Piper Kicks Off Provide Community’s Learning & Development Week

Health and social care organisation Provide Community has celebrated its most successful Learning and Development Week to date, with a week of events attended by more than 1400 of its colleagues across the UK.

The annual event opened with a keynote presentation from writer, activist and motivational speaker, Katie Piper, who shared her experiences in a session named ‘When Your Life Turns Upside Down.’ In a moving and inspirational session, Katie talked about the key to happiness and her positive attitude to overcoming even seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Over the course of the week, Provide Community colleagues took part in a wide range of events and activities, including personal development, workplace skills, team events and practical workshops. The annual event is themed as an opportunity to network with colleagues, learn new skills and boost career opportunities.

The organisation also celebrated its learners in its annual Education Awards, with a champagne afternoon tea to recognise employees who have successfully completed a range of sponsored studies from nursing and care qualifications to security, leadership programmes and professional coaching accreditations.   Provide Group Chief Commercial Officer Vicky Waldon said: We should never underestimate the time and hard work it takes to achieve these qualifications. What we need in our organisation is people who have the time, energy, and commitment to do those specialist qualifications; we will continue to support them.”

Summing up the week, one member of staff commented, “Provide is indeed very generous and insightful in choosing things to learn about not just work-related. Really mindful of our mental wellbeing which is so good. Very proud of our organisation and grateful.”

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About Provide Community Interest Company (Provide Community) Established in 2011, Provide Community is a social enterprise group working within NHS and community care settings, and delivers social care support at home. Provide Community also owns Provide Digital and Provide Wellbeing. The organisation is predominantly based across the East of England and Essex, but it does run services across the country. Provide Community is registered with the CQC and is compliant with all of the Essential Standards of Safety and Quality. It was certified as an ‘Outstanding’ provider by the CQC in its latest inspection (2019). The organisation has also received a number of awards, including ‘Highly Commended’ at the 2021 HSJ Awards in the Primary Care Networks, GP or Community Provider of the Year category. Provide Community was also a double award winner at the 2022 Business Culture Awards, winning the Best Public/Not-For-Profit Organisation for Business Culture category. Group CEO Mark Heasman won the Leadership Award for Business Culture. Provide Community operates as a Community Interest Company (CIC), dedicated to reinvesting its profits back into the communities it serves. With a vision to transform lives through care, innovation, and compassion, the company has a growing portfolio of businesses committed to offering continuing improvement, accessibility, and quality of services with a vision to transform lives through care, creativity, and compassion. An example is Provide Digital, creating intelligent digital solutions for better health experiences. As an employee-owned enterprise, Provide Community’s workforce of over 1200 colleagues is represented by a Chair of Governors and is responsible for making key business decisions. These decisions include the workforce nominating local causes to benefit from funding and donation initiatives. To date, the company has donated over £3.5 million to charities, education and community organisations. Provide Community is also one of three organisations that make up Mid and South Essex Community Collaborative (MSECC), which has been nationally recognised as a regional exemplar for its sharing of best practice, collaboration and innovation to improve the quality and efficiency of health and social care services.

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