2017 Staff Conference

We held our annual staff conference at the Arlington Conference Centre in Camden this year.

The day was packed full of activities that keep everyone focused on ways to improve services and celebrate some of Sapphire’s achievements in 2016/17.

Our CEO, Heather Thomas started off the day with a presentation on where Sapphire is now and where we are heading in the future, focusing on the realities of the current housing climate and how we can continue to build on our strengths and move forward as an Association.

Anna O’Halloran from Just Housing Group then took over with a fascinating talk about value for money (VFM) and how what we do, as individuals, can have a huge impact on Sapphire’s overall VFM. Anna discussed how an individual’s intentions are sometimes very different from the reality of their actions. She explained that if we use this understanding of behavioural economics and nudge theory it should help us engage better with all our stakeholders to ensure we are achieving VFM.

This was following with some group discussion amongst staff around how Sapphire could use a VFM approach to help the Association grow and develop. Everyone came up with some really great ideas, many of which we will be exploring over the coming months. We will also be asking for resident input in some of these areas so don’t forget to check our news and events pages and resident consultation area for upcoming focus groups and resident involvement activities.

After lunch, there was a fun drumming session with Peta from Inspire Me, which everyone really enjoyed. It was then back to the serious business of awards and congratulations. Our Chair Sally Harvey gave out the long-term service awards and of our much converted employee of the year award.

Congratulations to Bridget McEvoy, who received Sapphire’s 2017 employee of the year award. Bridget, Bethany House’s Cleaning Supervisor, was one of our quarterly award winners back in May this year. Bridget was put forward, by her colleagues, for her dedication and commitment to keeping Bethany House such a clean hostel.

Bridget McEvoy receiving her award from Bukky McGlynn, Operations Director
Bridget McEvoy receiving her award from Bukky McGlynn, Operations Director

Long-term service awards were also presented to Joel Afolabi, Olu Babalola, Sidi Hadebe, Rosie Butt, Leighanne Bell and Anthony Moore in recognition and appreciation of their loyal service with Sapphire.

Check out our Flickr page for more photos of the day.

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