SJOG launches new environmental audit
As COP26 is taking place in Glasgow this week (1 Nov 21), SJOG launches its new environmental audit to further its commitment of moving closer to being a net-zero organisation.
Central to SJOG’s core values is that we are stewards of creation and so should run the organisation in a way that has a positive impact on the communities in which we work, building sustainability into everything we do.
Our community researchers were instrumental in pulling this audit tool together. Aurianna and Imogen, both funded by Kickstart, the Government’s work scheme for young people, have produced this audit tool for use; just one of many valuable contributions to the charity.
The audit tool will be used throughout our services to review the waste and energy practices, with key aims of educating colleagues to become aware of the energy usage and waste created in the services they work, and effecting behavioural changes that will impact on our services, making them more environmentally friendly.
Trustees' Week 1 - 5 November 2021
This week is Trustees week, where we shine a light on our trustees. Trustees volunteer their time freely to make sure that SJOG is well run and heading in the right direction. Details of our current trustees are listed here https://sjog.uk/people.php and this week we also welcome two new trustees.
Fela Aromolaran is a geophysicist who has worked in the oil and gas industry and has undertaken substantial work with local communities around the world. Fela has a real interest in sustainable development and brings his experience of developing feasibility assessments, project management and managing risk to the board.
Catherine Rennolds started her career as a nurse, developed other nurses, and moved into people development at PwC where she progressed to become ‘Global Director for Leadership Development’. Catherine has worked all over the world and now runs her own business as an executive coach in the North East. As we continue to focus on how we can support our colleagues to flourish, Catherine’s skills, knowledge and experience will be invaluable.
Black History Month - Proud To Be
People from African and Caribbean backgrounds have been a fundamental part of British history for centuries. However, campaigners believe their value and contribution to society is often overlooked, ignored or distorted. Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture.
Black History Month is marked throughout October and this year the theme is ‘proud to be’.
Mo Huzair, SJOG’s service manager at our community centre in Welwyn Garden City gave us his thoughts on Black History Month.
“I’m a mixed black and Asian man and have worked in, with and around public services for 20+ years. I have worked for the NHS, in policing, the military and now care services. I am the child of mixed cultures as well as being a proud Englishman.
The last few years have shown that black and minority ethnic communities are still disproportionately affected adversely by national issues. Coronavirus, Black Lives Matter, mortality rates, mass migration of people fleeing danger in their home countries and national protests have all highlighted that we as a society are still largely ignorant of each other's histories. If we do not understand our histories, we will never build a better future. Black history month is an important time to celebrate differences, engage with each other and improve our futures.”
Mo Huzair | Service Manager | Woodhall Community Centre
Olallo House Receives Highly Commended Award
The Olallo Team were delighted to accept their Highly Commended Award at last week’s presentation ceremony of The London Homeless Awards 2021 held at Union Chapel, London on 14 October.
Olallo House was one of two projects to receive the Highly Commended award:
Olallo House is an innovative intermediate care service opened in 2008 in response to multiple tuberculosis (TB) treatment failures and preventable deaths among people experiencing homeless with complex needs and no recourse to public funds. In addition to successfully supporting people to complete challenging TB treatment, Olallo is first and foremost a “home” providing holistic, trauma informed support enabling residents to realise positive changes and move on in their lives.
Pawel Zabielski, Olallo’s service manager accepted the award and thanked: “all who contributed to make this happen - to our partners, ours guests, the team and the Sisters of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God. Thank you so much!”
The project was featured in The Evening Standard on 14 October:
Anti-Slavery Day - 18 October 2021
Every year, Anti-Slavery Day provides an opportunity for individuals, charities, churches, schools, communities and businesses to raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of modern slavery, human trafficking and exploitation. It was created by the Anti-Slavery Day Act, a Private Members Bill introduced Anthony Steen CBE, now Chair of the Human Trafficking Foundation.
What is human trafficking?
Human trafficking is the unlawful act of transporting or coercing people through the use of violence or deception in order to benefit from their work or service, typically in the form of forced labour or sexual exploitation for financial or personal gain.
People can be trafficked and exploited in many forms, including being forced into sexual exploitation, labour, begging, crime (such as growing cannabis or dealing drugs), domestic servitude, marriage or organ removal.
What are we doing at SJOG?
Raising awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking and supporting survivors of this abhorrent crime is a priority for SJOG.
SJOG is currently the UK’s largest provider of safe houses for people subject to modern day slavery and trafficking, and provides a voice for this marginalised and vulnerable group, and specialist support to help people recover from their experiences, to rehabilitate and rebuild their lives.
For further information visit: www.sjog1810.uk
SJOG shortlisted in Learning Disability and Autism Awards
We are delighted to announce that SJOG is a finalist in three categories at the Learning Disability and Autism Awards.
- Employer Award
- Making a Difference Award
- The Prof Jim Mansell Award for Outstanding Contribution
These awards seek to acknowledge and celebrate organisations that have made outstanding contributions to the lives of people with a learning disability and/or autism.
SJOG’s Chief Operating Officer, Lisa Alcorn said: “We have a great team at SJOG, so receiving this recognition from the Learning Disability and Autism Awards, demonstrates that we are a charity that is doing 'good' for the people we are here to support. We are proud of each and every one of our colleagues who has contributed to the success of SJOG and being shortlisted for three awards is testimony to their hard work and commitment.
Our colleagues go above and beyond every day in providing outstanding care and support to people with learning disabilities and autism. It will be a proud moment if we are successful in attaining any of these awards and to represent SJOG is such talented company.”
The awards ceremony will take place on the 29th October at Birmingham ICC where the winers will be announced. Watch out for further news then!
More details about the awards can be found here www.nationalldawards.co.uk