Social Enterprise UK member Future Directions won the Most Effective Approach to Leadership and Management and the Most Effective Approach to Integrated New Models of Care Categories. The Awards were presented by TV dance star Anton Du Beke at the Accolades award ceremony in London.

Paula Braynion, Managing Director of Future Directions said:

“Everyone who attended the awards ceremony was absolutely delighted when our name was read out, not once, but twice! It is recognition on a national stage of the hard work our values driven staff put in all year round. We are totally committed to making sure our staff can develop their skills and knowledge because we know that means the people we support have genuine choice and control over their lives.”

Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen said:

“Our Accolades awards are open to over 20000 social care organisations so winning two means Future Directions CIC are one of the very best of the best employers who are committed to developing the skills and knowledge of their teams. The result of that investment in their teams at every level is the people they support can access high quality services so they can live the lives they want to.”

What the judges said

Most effective approach to leadership and management Award – What the judges said:

Future Directions demonstrated they have great values and that translated into good outcomes for the people they work with. There are clear opportunities for aspiring leaders and they strongly support and invest in leaders and managers across the organisation. They have good systems in place for aspiring leaders including mentoring coaching and acting up opportunities. Future Directions is committed to developing a talent pool to replace managers when needed.

(click the video below to watch what the judges said about Future Directions and this award)

Most effective approach to integrated new models of care – What the judges said:

Future Directions has a good understanding of commissioning and how to get the best for people through that process. They foster very good relationships with people across a range of services to support their approach. It can be harder to integrate values in a big organisation but the judges felt that they’d done that through a clear methodology and practice that runs through the way they approach things. Future Directions also challenges public perceptions, by holding consultation meetings to reduce barriers.

(click the video below to watch what the judges said about Future Directions and this award)

For more information about the awards, please click here to visit the Skills for Care Accolades website.