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Proud to be a Living Wage Organisation

25.07.2018 - 12:43

We have now become accredited with the Living Wage! This means that each year an employee’s wage is calculated based on the cost of living in the UK for anyone over the age of 18. This has benefits for both employer and employee.

Research undertaken by the Living Wage Commission has shown that for an employer accredited to the Living Wage there is a 25% fall in absenteeism as well as 80% of employers believing that implementing the Living Wage has enhanced the quality of the work of their staff. This has also been confirmed by the employees, 75% of whom reporting that there is an increase in the work quality since receiving the Living Wage.

The Living Wage has also been found to have an impact on the wider community as it enables workers more time to spend with family and friends and contribute positively to their communities.

Some information from the Living Wage website:

  • Only the real Living Wage is independently calculated  each year  based on what employees and their families need to live
  • The current UK Living Wage is £8.75 an hour
  • The current London Living Wage is £10.20 an hour
  • Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis
  • The rates apply to all workers over 18 – in recognition that young people face the same living costs as everyone else
  • The real Living Wage that meets the cost of living enjoys cross party support, with public backing from MSPs and MPs across the political spectrum
  • Paying a wage that is enough to live on is good for business, good for the individual and good for society
  • The Living Wage Employer Mark and Service Provider Recognition Scheme provide an ethical badge for responsible pay

There are currently 4,400 businesses who voluntarily pay their staff the real living wage – now we can say we are one proud to be of them!


New Life, New Me

11.07.2018 - 11:33

I have panic and depression, I feel I cannot take a breath’ she said.

Hira had been experiencing low mood and low self-esteem for a long time, she had several miscarriages, and a hurtful relationship with her husband. ‘I feel the walls are closing in on me’ she told me one day, ‘I want to leave him; he always makes me feel inferior’.

Hira was referred to Home Link Family Support and received staff support from Katerina, the Family Support worker of the charity organisation. Hira needed time to be more confident to take action for her decision to flee, and to trust herself again. Katerina and Hira developed a relationship of trust through time, and they made a plan together.

On that particular morning, Hira was ready and had a slight smile on her face. ‘I feel anxious, but I am ready’ she said. Hira moved successfully to safe accommodation with her three children, and this was her third attempt. According to the Domestic Violence Prevention centre, most women will, on average, attempt to leave an abusive relationship between five and seven times before successfully and permanently doing so.

Hira, six months later, is a happier and healthier person. She still lives at the safe accommodation with her children, and enjoys life again. Hira also started looking after herself – even had a new haircut! She now receives counselling and attends group therapy, and she appreciates the input of all professionals who became involved.

‘New life, new me’ as she likes to say every time we meet…


Award winning volunteers

27.04.2018 - 13:11

Val and Jasmine have been selected to receive Inspiring Volunteer Awards from the Edinburgh Lord Provost at an awards ceremony in June.

Val was selected as a long service volunteer as she has been visiting families for over 11 years and made an amazing difference to every one.

Jasmine's is getting a Young Volunteer award, designed to recognise a young person aged between 11 and 25 who has shown a real commitment to their volunteering.