Midlands mental health charity named in league tables for eighth year running

A national health and wellbeing charity is celebrating after being included in the prestigious ‘100 Best Companies to Work For 2021′ for the eighth year running.

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, based in West Bromwich, featured at number 35 on the list for Best 100 Small Companies to work for nationally. It also came in at number 32 for Best 100 Companies to work for in the Midlands and number 9 for Best 30 Charities to work for nationally.

Chief executive Monica Shafaq said she was delighted by the achievement, adding: ““We are over the moon here at KPG to have achieved such fantastic rankings in this year’s Best Companies league tables. Our placing on each of the lists are a credit to the hard work we have done to ensure our staff are looked after and listened to.

Established in 1973, the charity, which supports 7,200 people nationally each year, runs a wide range of services for those experiencing mental health difficulties and works in the community offering support to people to improve their own sense of wellbeing. It also provides counselling for young people and adults, mental health training, and runs a residential care home and supported house.

Best Companies awarded the accreditations to the charity based on scores which are generated by an independent staff survey taken by employees across the UK. The survey measures various factors in the workplace, including management, personal growth, giving something back and more.

The announcement sees Kaleidoscope rise 50 places in the space of a year on the Best 100 Small Companies to work for list and a rise of 55 places in the Midlands category. It also rose 17 places from number 26 to number 9 in the Best 30 Charities to Work For list.

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, which has a team of 66, offers its staff flexible working hours and arrangements. Each week its employees are given a ‘wellbeing hour’ which they can dedicate to an activity that fits one of the ‘five ways to wellbeing’ which are be active, take notice, connect, keep learning, and give.

Ms Shafaq added: “As a mental health and wellbeing charity, we recognise the importance of encouraging our staff to maintain their wellbeing. Our staff are a big asset so we want to keep them happy and ensure they have a nice place to work and that they feel their views are respected so a happy work environment is a must.

“As a mental health and wellbeing charity, we recognise the importance of encouraging our staff to maintain their wellbeing and as a result, we not only take care of our service users, but we look after our staff also, ensuring they are happy, supported and engaged with their work.”