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Navigo in Sunday Times Top 100 not-for-profit organisations to work for

Not-for-profit mental health provider Navigo has made it into The Sunday Times Top 100 Not-For-Profit Organisations to work for in 2017.

Navigo in Sunday Times Top 100 not-for-profit organisations to work for

It's the second year in succession that the Grimsby-based organisation scooped the prestigious award in the 'Top 100 Not for Profit Organisations', this year being placed at 78th nationally.

In the Best Companies survey, employees said that Navigo was a great company to work for and the results overall revealed a very happy and motivated workforce.

The accreditation was awarded for achieving high scores in the Best Companies' survey, which examined the ins-and-outs of company life. The survey reveals how employees really perceive their work environment.

Chief executive Jane Lewington took over the role last August after longstanding chief executive Kevin Bond resigned.

Mr Bond, who had been with the organisation since 2001,took the decision following a shock revelation about Navigo's funding, and the lack of it compared to services in other regions.

Last year, rapper Professor Green, speaking at Navigo's AGM, praised the work of the local service but said funding crisis in mental health nationally has led to services being "too thinly spread out".

Navigo was also recognised with a special award for learning and development, highlighting its commitment to staff and service users training and education.

Staff, who are all given an opportunity to purchase a share of the company when they begin employment, always go the extra mile for their service users and fellow team members, it found.

Mrs Lewington said: "Everyone in Navigo Health & Social Care is delighted to win this award; it is a wonderful achievement and reflects the dedication and professionalism of our staff and of our volunteers. It reflects our ambition to make Navigo a great place to work and to provide services we would be happy for our own families to use."

Navigo are honouring the award today by taking part in the first ever National Best Companies Day.

Mark Silvester, employment specialist at Open Minds, and Adele Drury, care co-ordinator for Navigo's Community Mental Health Services attended the Best Lists 2017 awards ceremony in London.

He said: "It was an amazing experience and we feel very lucky to have been chosen to represent Navigo and our colleagues and volunteers at such a prestigious event.

"It really was lovely to have those of us on the frontline being able to get involved in this way. Often when we are dealing with such serious, stressful issues we can feel burnt out but this really highlighted the good work that everyone does and it was so lovely to see this recognised.

"Seeing others working in similar organisations really spurred us on to see their successes and how we can bring back these ideas to improve our own services and maybe even place higher next year. The enthusiasm from these organisations was infectious".

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