As part of #CarersWeek, we’ve launched our Carer Policy and Passport scheme in response to the growing number of carers across our company. With Carers UK estimating there are currently 6.5m carers in the UK and, as that number continues to rise, it’s important carers are aware of the support available to them. We recognise many of our own colleagues are currently balancing work with caring responsibilities and that these responsibilities place additional demand on their personal, professional and social lives. Head over to our website to see what Emma-Jane Stewart, Employee Experience Manager and unpaid carer to her mother had to say.
We’ve partnered with Hestia Charity, their UK SAYS NO MORE campaign, and Royal Mail Group to provide Online Safe Spaces for victims of domestic abuse to access specialist support and information through our website, SGN.co.uk It’s a portal that you can access from the footer of our website. By clicking the Safe Spaces logo, you’ll access the Online Safe Space, which holds a directory of national domestic abuse helplines, local specialist domestic abuse services and an assessment questionnaire. It also leaves no trace in your browser history. We’re proud to be the first energy network to launch the portal on our website. Safety is at the heart of everything we do. We’re committed to doing all we can to keep our people and the communities we work in safe in as many ways as possible.
As part of International Women's Day, we're encouraging our people to walk, run or cycle 500 miles as part of a five-week wellbeing challenge. Starting today, teams of up to five people have five weeks to collectively walk, run or cycle 500 miles. As well as getting active, teams will be helping to raise money for Smart Works; the UK charity helping unemployed women with the clothing, coaching and confidence they need to find employment. We're also encouraging colleagues to sign our gender parity pledge to show their support for the work we’re doing to ensure equality of opportunity and parity for our people, regardless of gender. And we're celebrating the achievements of female colleagues on our recognition app. You can find out more about the work we're doing to embed inclusion on our website.
This month, for the first time, we’ve been celebrating LGBT History Month and sharing the stories of our LGBTQ community, as well as providing educational articles to our people. We heard from Effy (Florence), a transfeminine, non-binary Finance Officer who has been out as transgender in our workplace for a couple of months. She shared her journey of first having to come out to themselves before coming out to friends and family, the reactions she had, her plans for the future and the support she’s had at work. D&I Partner, and Treasurer, Duncan spoke about the importance of his team’s increasing use of gender-specific and gender-neutral pronouns at work. We’re proud to be taking steps towards supporting our LGBTQ colleagues and developing an even more inclusive place to work for all of our people.
We're celebrating people with disabilities and our colleagues are sharing their stories this #IDPWD2020 Not all disabilities are visible and we're proud to be an inclusive employer supporting our people and their families living with disabilities.
Following a difficult year, for #InternationalMensDay we’ve asked some of our male colleagues to share the challenges they’ve faced during COVID-19, the lessons they’ve learned and the advice they’d share.
For the first time, we're proud to have celebrated Black History Month this October. Throughout the month we heard from colleagues about their experiences growing up in the UK and we took the opportunity to celebrate the Great Black British Achievers who have influenced and inspired us.
We're proud to have established a network of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Partners to help deliver our D&I ambition. During National Inclusion Week we caught up with some of our D&I Partners to find out why they're so passionate about they work they do.
We've been adapting the way we work to ensure we keep the gas flowing and our communities and colleagues safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Head over to our website to hear from colleagues about the changes we've made.
In our latest look at how our business is adapting to the demands of the coronavirus pandemic, we spoke to one of our very own field colleagues striving to keep the gas flowing and our communities safe. Bexhill-on-Sea based FCO Tony Bradford told us how his role has been impacted and the steps being taken to ensure we not only deliver a fantastic gas emergency response service, but to also protect customers and employees from the spread of the virus.