NI charity in contention to be UK’s best employer


BCM (Belfast Central Mission) has been named as one of nine UK companies and organizations vying to be recognized as the best employer in its class.

The Investors in People (IIP) Awards celebrate organizations and individuals around the world in various categories of organization, people, wellness and leadership. Each year, hundreds of organizations across the UK and abroad compete for one of the most coveted accolades to show their commitment to investing in their people.

BCM made the final UK Employer of the Year (Silver) list in the medium-sized business or organization category. This recognition comes after winning the Silver IIP “We invest in people” award in 2020.

The Belfast Central Mission (BCM) Copelands Residential and Dementia Care Home is located between Donaghadee and Millisle.

Nicky Conway, CEO of BCM, said: “We were delighted to achieve IIP Silver accreditation last year at the height of the pandemic. We volunteered for a review and won the award, demonstrating our commitment to investing in our people during this difficult time.

“People are at the heart of everything BCM does and all credit for this IIP screening must go to our entire team who continued to provide excellent service with compassion, dedication and professionalism despite operating. in the most difficult circumstances “

Awarded to only 20% of organizations assessed by IIP, a Silver accreditation recognizes the active efforts of BCM employees and leaders to ensure consistency and balance, enabling all members of the organization to benefit.

Common lounge at Copelands.

Gayle McGurnaghan, Head of People Development and Organization at BCM, said: “BCM has nearly 20 projects and over 150 staff working in communities across Northern Ireland every day. Providing our services would not be possible without our people, and we will continue to invest in our workforce development in this regard.

“Over the past 18 months, there has been a marked increase in the demand for support services in our residential and community projects. In response to this request, we are organizing an information and recruitment evening for those interested in a career in the social field to learn more about the myriad of services we offer.

“Our continued investment in our workforce serves to demonstrate that we value every staff member who, throughout the pandemic, has demonstrated unwavering loyalty and commitment.”

Beautiful view of the Irish Sea from the first floor balcony of the Copelands residence.

The winners of the IIP awards will be announced at an online ceremony on November 23, 2021.

Belfast Central Mission was founded in 1889 in response to the social problems of the city center and now operates around 20 welfare and housing projects across Northern Ireland, ranging from childcare to childcare housing for young people, families and the elderly, including two retirement homes in East Belfast and Millisle.

For more information and to register for the next Recruiting Information Night (with sessions at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) on Tuesday, October 12 at the Strangford Arms Hotel, Newtownards, visit www. belfastcentralmission.org or search for “BCM Recruitment” on Eventbrite.

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