Long Service Awards 2020

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At Southdown we mark the long service of our colleagues in our annual Long Service Awards. This year we are celebrating an incredible 1,035 years of service between all those receiving an award! 

14 staff members reached their five years’ service milestone, 34 reached their 10 years’ service, another 10 reached their 15 years’, 10 reached their 20 years’, five reached their 25 years’, and we have five colleagues celebrating their 30 years’ service with us!

Southdown’s Health and Safety Practice Lead, Julia, has been working with us for over 25 years. She says, 

I was 39 when I joined the organisation with no idea that I would still be here. It actually doesn’t seem that long. There has never been a moment that I have been bored. My job role is as diverse as the organisation and I love it.

The best thing about working here is the people and the commitment of the managers and staff teams in all divisions across the organisation. People care about what they do and their clients’ welfare. This is especially evident in the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone out there on the frontline is a hero.

The culture here is based on the belief that we can make a difference through our vision to ensure that everyone, no matter what their life experience, background or challenges, will have the opportunity to lead their life to the full. Our wonderful staff put this into practice every day.

Vikki Hayward-Cripps, Southdown’s Deputy Chief Executive, says,

Southdown is proud of our long-serving staff. We are grateful to all our long-serving staff for their commitment and their contributions which have helped make Southdown both one of the best service providers and one of the best places to work in the U.K. We recognise their dedication, community spirit, and work ethic as members of a team and as individuals. The reason we have managed to accomplish so much is because of the commitment to service excellence, teamwork, integrity, respect and innovation that defines and drives our staff. 

Over the years, many people have changed jobs or had their jobs change around them, as structures and services evolved to remain responsive to the changing needs of contract requirements, clients and communities. But through all of this, staff have continued to provide services that were essential - and remain essential - to help vulnerable people develop their quality of life.

Click here to read Julia's story where she reflects on her career at Southdown and the many changes she has witnessed in the organisation over the years.