About Sanctuary Personnel
Sanctuary Personnel Limited was founded in 2006 with one ambition; to set a new standard in health and social care recruitment; offering trusted, healthier and more resilient resourcing solutions.
Today, Sanctuary Personnel is the umbrella company of leading recruitment specialists, including Sanctuary Social Care, Sanctuary Executive, Sanctuary Health and Sanctuary Criminal Justice.
Our close-knit specialists share one mission; to provide a brighter future for all; our employees; our contractors; our clients and the vulnerable people we support.
To find out more about the job roles we recruit for, visit our sector focus page.
Excellence does not come as standard within our sector. It takes continuous commitment to do things differently. To innovate in a way that makes a positive impact on clients, candidates, and most importantly, communities. This very approach has seen us win and be shortlisted for the awards that celebrate excellence in recruitment.
EADT Business Awards
EADT Business Awards
EADT Business Awards
Anglian Business Awards
At Sanctuary Personnel, we don’t just talk about our corporate social responsibility (CSR), we do it. After all, supporting those working with communities, we realise the value in ensuring we operate as an ethically sound and responsible organisation.
We believe we have a duty of care not just to our candidates and clients, but to the community and environment. Our employees want to make a positive contribution to the world, which means doing everything we can to facilitate this.
Gender Pay Report 2019
Sanctuary Personnel is required by law to publish an annual gender pay gap report.Under the law, men and women must receive equal pay for:The same or broadly similar work;Work rated as equivalent under a job evaluation scheme;Work of equal value.Sanctuary Personnel is committed to the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment for all employees, regardless of sex, race, religion or belief, age, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity, sexual orientation, gender reassignment or disability. It has a clear policy of paying employees equally for the same or equivalent work, regardless of their sex (or any other characteristic set out above).Download the Sanctuary Personnel Gender Pay Gap Report 2019
Supporting our community in 2019
As 2019 draws to a close, we take a reflective look over the last 12 months and the incredible charitable projects and initiatives we have supported as an organisation.Our biggest fundraising target this yearSt Elizabeth Hospice is an independent charity based in Suffolk which sets out to improve the lives of those with progressive and terminal illnesses. The work that they do relies heavily on fundraising efforts and donations from the local community so, as a staffing agency operating in the health and social care sector, it felt like an incredibly important cause for us to support. This year marks their 30th anniversary and we pledged to raise £3,000 which we are on-target to hit by 2020.We began by taking part in ‘RideFest’, their static bike challenge whereby local businesses compete against each other. The first race saw staff members working together to cycle as many miles as possible in a 30-minute timeframe and the final race saw a respective CEO or senior manager from each company take on the challenge. We managed a team distance of 23.06km and Justin, our CFO, cycled 23.58km.And through staff donations, cake sales, a tuck shop and dress down days, we are now incredibly close to hitting that target and are so proud to know just how much that will mean to the Hospice. Making the most of dress down daysOn the last Friday of each month, we host an internal ‘dress down’ day, which allows us to raise money for the causes which resonate most with our staff. There’s a diverse range of charities and community projects which have benefited from this, including East Anglian Air Ambulance, Alzheimer’s Society and Suffolk Mind.Running for gloryTom Loomes and John Rudland competed in a triathlon and Jeni Watts made her running debut in the Ipswich Twilight 10k, both raising money for Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS), who provide specialist volunteer responders to assist the East of England Ambulance Service at the scenes of serious incidents. Molly Linge, Lilly Bak and Megan Anderson climbed, crawled and slid to the finish line in the Ipswich Pretty Muddy 5k and Jeni completed a half marathon for Cancer Research. Tom also took part in a half marathon, raising money for both St Elizabeth Hospice and Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND).Celebrating the life of a former colleaguePaul Woulfe worked with us for a number of years but tragically passed away from pancreatic cancer a few years ago. Jess Ling, one of Paul’s colleagues, set up Twinkle Trust; a fund for his young daughter and each year we hold a football match in his memory. We want to support Paul’s family, just as Paul supported us and are thrilled to say that in three years, we have raised over £3,000.Supporting the sectorThis is our ninth year as headline sponsor for the Social Worker of the Year Awards, a charity set up in 2006 to celebrate the achievements of social workers. We have watched it grow vastly in this time and have seen so many incredible examples of practice from across the country. Social work as a profession can sometimes feel thankless, but these Awards set out to change that and we are honoured to be a part of it.How much we raised…St Elizabeth Hospice: £3,062.70 and counting!Cancer Research: £1,250Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS): £861Twinkle Trust: £660Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND): £250Suffolk Mind: £167Alzheimer’s Society: £161Neonatal Unit, Ipswich Hospital: £160World Down Syndrome Day: £160Janet Wheeler Football Team: £160Meningitis Now: £160Little Princess Trust: £156East Anglian Air Ambulance: £140Total raised for charity in 2019: £7,347.70We will be continuing our charitable and community endeavours throughout 2020 but we’d like to use this opportunity to congratulate and thank our staff for all of their efforts this year.
Celebrating the Social Work Awards 2019
As you may know, we have been the headline sponsor of the Social Worker of the Year Awards for 9 years.We recently shared our highlights of the awards and were thrilled to be celebrating the success of social work teams across England once again. The 2019 awards took place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London and more than 400 social workers attended. The awards are designed to raise awareness of those who are nominated and also the impact that the social work sector has upon society. This year, the awards were presented by TV chef Lorraine Pascale, who spent time in care herself during her childhood. Lorraine was joined on stage by Mark Harvey and Fran Leddra, Joint Interim Chief Social Worker for Adults; Ruth Allen, Chief Executive of the British Association of Social Workers and Peter Hay CBE, Chair of The Social Work Awards charity. The 2019 award winners There were 17 different categories during the evening, with awards available to individual practitioners as well as social work teams, mental health practitioners, practice educators and student social workers. The prize of the night was awarded to Louise Pashley, a children’s social worker from Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. Louise was named Overall Social Worker of the Year after receiving the Team Leader (Children’s Services) prize earlier in the evening. During her time at Rotherham, the council has progressed from an Inadequate Ofsted rating to an Outstanding rating. It’s a phenomenal achievement and it shows how important effective leadership is. We’re hugely inspired by what Louise and her team have achieved and we’d like to offer our congratulations to everyone involved. Our thoughts on this year’s event James Rook, CEO of Sanctuary and part of the organising team behind the awards says: “I say it every year, but the standard of social work practice gets better and better and this is something that as a profession, we should be celebrating. To see so many teams take the time to enter these awards shows the breadth of fantastic social work practice that takes place across the country by some incredibly inspiring and dedicated practitioners. Once again, the awards night was a heart-warming event and it really brings home the fact that social workers are making a tangible difference to those in need. “ Liz Hewitt, Head of Service at Innovate Services added: “The Social Work Awards 2019 was a memorable evening and congratulations to all the finalists and of course the winners! This year’s awards were particularly poignant as everyone shared in a moment of silence for the victims of the terror attack which occurred earlier in the day. It just goes to show how vulnerable we all are but as a profession we will support those in need. Sharing together is caring together.” A full list of this year’s award winners and detailed case studies explaining more about their practice can be found on the Social Work Awards website.
Charity fundraising at Sanctuary Personnel - August 2019
At Sanctuary, we are incredibly proud of our staff. Our vision allows us to place people first and we believe that this is much more than simply focusing on recruitment. It’s also about placing our employees first and doing what we can to support the projects and initiatives that they care about.We’re delighted to bring you the first of a series of blogs which will highlight some of the fantastic charitable and community work undertaken by members of our team in August 2019. Community support #1Who: Company-wide Charity: St Elizabeth HospiceProject: This year marks the 30th anniversary of St Elizabeth Hospice. To show our support, we have pledged to raise a minimum of £3,000. The money raised will be used to support their work providing specialist care for those living with a progressive or terminal illness. How: The highlight of our support so far has been our involvement in the £50 accumulator challenge, which saw us convert £50 into £300 in August through the launch of a company tuck shop, which will run until the end of the year. We also host regular dress down days and bake sales to add to our fundraising tally. Money raised: £1,367Community support #2Who: Company-wideCharity: Twinkle TrustProject: Following the death of a much-loved colleague from pancreatic cancer, our staff launched an annual memorial football match to raise money for his young daughter. The match is supported by everyone who works at Sanctuary and it’s incredibly inspiring.This year, the score was 6-3 to the blue team (our fantastic Health department) and man of the match was recruitment consultant, Alex West. Money raised: £670 through a combination of match sponsorship along with the proceeds of one of our monthly dress down days. In total, our cumulative funds raised over the past three years exceeds £3,000. Community support #3Who: Jenifer Watts, Recruitment ConsultantCharities: Cancer Research and Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS)How: Since catching the running bug, Jeni has been pushing herself to take on new challenges. In the last few months, she’s completed not just her first 10k the Ipswich Twilight race, but also the Great East Run, Ipswich’s most popular half marathon. We’re incredibly proud of Jeni and as a company, we supported her fundraising efforts through donating the money raised through a dress down day, as well as hosting a bake sale in the office. Money raised: £850Community support #4Who: Tom Loomes, Recruitment Consultant and John Rudland, Recruitment ConsultantCharity: Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS)How: Tom and John took part in a triathlon to raise money for SARS. As a company, we supported Tom and John by providing them with additional annual leave for the time spent at the event. Money raised: £185Community support #5Who: Tom Loomes, Recruitment ConsultantCharity: St Elizabeth Hospice, Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND)How: Proving himself to be quite the athlete, Tom also completed half marathon, the Great East Run! He chose to raise money for both St Elizabeth Hospice and MND, in honour of his mother-in-law who is receiving palliative care due to motor neurone disease.Money raised: £500Congratulations to every single member of the team who has helped us to cumulatively support some fantastic charities.
Sanctuary Personnel was founded in 2006 to place qualified social workers and care professionals with local authorities throughout the UK. In the years since, it’s been an incredible journey.
Our responsiveness and commitment to best practice have seen us grow in stature, reach and reputation, with many milestones along the way. We are proud to say, through our nationwide reach, we are resolving some of the most challenging health, social care and criminal justice resourcing challenges. Quite simply, our history reflects the wishes and needs of clients and candidates.
Among the milestones on our journey are
Sanctuary Personnel was formed on 20 October 2006.
Sanctuary offers managed services
Skylakes was launched, a managed services division for the social care sector. About Health Professionals, recruiting healthcare workers was launched.
Sanctuary recruits senior interims
Sanctuary Executive was launched, recruiting senior executives in the social care sector.
Sanctuary sponsors the Social Work Awards
Becoming headline sponsor, Sanctuary enables the awards to become national.
Sanctuary launches mental health and criminal justice recruitment divisions.
Anglian Business Awards
Sanctuary wins the 'Best Large Business' award.
Sanctuary Health launches
Dedicated Healthcare division launches and Sanctuary wins 'Best Recruitment Campaign & Client Partnership' and 'Best Public Sector Recruiter' awards.
NHS National Clinical Framework
Sanctuary Health awarded place on the NHS National Clinical Framework & wins three national 'Recruiter Awards'.
More Recruiter Awards
Sanctuary collects 'Best Client Service', 'Best Public Sector Recruiter' and 'Best Temporary Agency' awards.
Sanctuary recruits internationally
Sanctuary International launches to assist with the global shortage of healthcare professionals.
Sanctuary wins 'Best Public/Third Sector' award for the fourth time.