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LIVERPOOL CATHEDRAL CELEBRATING 50 YEARS
- A LOOK BACK AT OUR COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE
Normandie Wragg, Chief Executive, Nugent
It is hard not to be constantly thinking and be overwhelmed by the political landscape that often dominates the news coverage, especially with war and a lingering pandemic topping the bill. However, as a social welfare charity that supports children, young people, families and adults who are vulnerable and at risk, we cannot lose our focus away from those who need us the most.
This month sees us acknowledge National Children’s Day in the UK on Sunday 15 May. National Children's Day UK (NCDUK) is all about the importance of a healthy childhood, and how we need to protect the rights and freedoms of children and young people. It's a day of celebration, but it's also a great opportunity for anyone involved with children to raise awareness about projects they are running or things they care about.
We are strong believers and advocates of the importance of every child deserving a future and the services we offer our children and young people are of the upmost importance to us. We have had great success recently with and Outstanding rating at Marydale Lodge, our secure children’s home in St Helens and the only secure home in the country run by a charity. The home was visited by Josh MacAlister, Chair of the Independent Review of Children's Social Care and Will Quince, the Government’s Children and Families Minister.
We are also pleased to be opening a new facility for young people with the addition of the Willows, a warm, welcoming and safe family environment, where dedicated, experienced and qualified staff provide the best care for vulnerable, traumatised and disadvantaged children and young people aged 13 – 18 of all abilities, who have been assessed as needing the positive experiences and emotional support that a residential setting can provide.
Additionally, we are delighted that our trustees have also achieved their commitment to be a Real Living Wage Employer, with all staff salaries starting from a minimum of £10 per hour. This will aid in ensuring that local families who work for Nugent will have an increase in their disposable income and therefore will contribute to the lessening of child poverty.
We’re confident that with the skill, experience and unwavering compassion of our incredibly dedicated colleagues, we can provide care, education, protection and inspiration for more children and young people in need.
With the right guidance, care and support network, our leaders of the future can come from any background.
Great colleagues are priceless
Nugent’s internal staff awards, the iACCORD Awards, returned this year after a two-year absence due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was the first time the iACCORD Awards was hosted as a standalone event with the aim to entirely focus and celebrate colleagues who have embodied our values.
It was heart-warming to see so many of our colleagues nominate their fellow peers in the different categories for a plethora of wonderful and deserving reasons. The shortlisted colleagues were treated to a three-course dinner at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool as part of the celebrations.
The iACCORD Awards guests were welcomed by a drinks reception hosted by the Pentone Family - a family of innovative alcoholic beverages.
The event was opened by CEO, Normandie Wragg, who showed her appreciation to all Nugent colleagues for continuously upholding Nugent’s values and working throughout uncertain times during the Covid-19 pandemic, noting how much important work Nugent has accomplished.
The awards sponsored this year by Aabyss - a North West based IT company offering IT leadership, management and support - gets its name from our organisation values: integrity, ambition, courage, compassion, optimism, respect and dignity. As is our tradition, the awards celebrate colleagues by offering a winner in eight different categories, one for each of the aforementioned values and a special CEO Award, handpicked by Normandie Wragg. Long Service Awards were also handed out at the glamorous event and this year 39 of Nugent’s heroes were celebrated for their many years of dedication.
The wonderful, celebratory afternoon drew to a close with a thank you from Normandie Wragg to all Nugent’s colleagues and event sponsors, without whom this event would not be able to take place.
For more information, and to see who won which award, visit our website at wearenugent.org.
Every child deserves a future
We are also pleased to be opening a new facility for young people with the addition of the Willows