WLM employs up to 100 staff in a very wide range of roles. We value our staff as they are on the frontline of delivering our mission. Despite the challenges involved in our work we want to ensure that everyone working for WLM feels safe and supportive so that working for us is rewarding and fun.
Investors in People. We have held this award since 2009 and are reviewed every 3 years. The IiP Assessors report is always published on our intranet.
Engagement and involvement. WLM involves all of its staff, as well as clients and residents and volunteers, in developing its strategy. We have regular away days for each team which feeds into the overall strategy.
Proper training, induction and support. We provide new staff with thorough inductions and invest in our staff's training and development. We have a Vocational Training fund to which staff can apply to help fund courses or give flexible work patterns that aid their professional development.
Reflective Practice. All of our managers and frontline workers engage in regular Reflective Practice within their teams. These are sessions facilitated by a trained psychologist who helps the team reflect on how the work is impacting them as individuals and as a group.
Let's Hang Out. Every year, we give all staff and interns half day off to participate in one of a number of activities which are suggested by colleagues. In previous years, these activities have included pottery making, trampolining, going on a tasting tour of a brewery, bowling, going to see a film, guided walks and museum trips. We invest in activities which bring the teams together to enjoy themselves and build relationships across WLM.
Employee Assistance Programme. We offer the use of a free helpline available to anyone who works or volunteers for WLM to access confidential support and advice for a wide range of issues. As a part of this scheme, face to face counselling is offered.
Living Wage Employer. WLM was one of the first thousand organisations to become an accredited Living Wage Employer. For more information visit livingwage.org.uk
WLM is an equal opportunities employer. We cherish the fact that WLM is a mixed community made up of people from a wide range of backgrounds and we see this as a core expression of our inclusive Christian ethos.
WLM has an absolute commitment to diversity which is about:
We are committed to ensuring within the framework of the law that our workplaces are free from unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender (including gender reassignment), sexuality, religion or beliefs, marital status, disability, age, pregnancy or trade union membership, or the fact that they are a part-time worker or a fixed-term employee.
We aim to ensure that our employees achieve their full potential and that all employment decisions are taken without reference to irrelevant or discriminatory criteria.
All employees, volunteers and workers have a duty to act in accordance with this policy, and therefore to treat colleagues with dignity at all times, and not to discriminate against or harass other members of staff, whether junior or senior to them. In some situations, WLM may be at risk of being held responsible for the acts of individual members of staff and will not therefore tolerate any discriminatory practices or behaviour.
We realise that issues of equality and diversity are important to many people who are thinking about applying for a job with WLM. The relationship between faith and inclusivity can be very complex and challenging. WLM is committed to ‘doing what it says on the tin’ and being open and transparent and not having any hidden agendas.