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Sanctuary scoops Lloyds Bank National Business Award

By Andrew Pirie

​Sanctuary Personnel is honoured to receive the country’s top award for businesses taking an ethical approach to private-sector partnership work.

Sanctuary’s CEO, James Rook, accepted the Lloyds Bank Positive Social Impact Award at the highly regarded annual ceremony on 10 November 2020.

On receiving the award, James spoke of the incredible work of everyone here at Sanctuary in finding long-term solutions to pressing health and social care service issues.

Looking beyond recruitment

Over the past couple of years, Sanctuary has evolved its services to go way beyond what would be expected of a recruitment partner. Acting as a critical friend to local authorities, the NHS and third sector clients, Sanctuary is delivering work that has a direct positive social impact.

With an unwavering commitment to making a difference to vulnerable children and adults, Sanctuary has been at the centre of many meaningful, life-changing projects.

Changing lives

Through Innovate Services, we’ve dramatically changed the life chances of children on the edge of care at Enfield. We opened our first children’s residential therapeutic care facility this Summer, created the UK’s first online SEND quality assessment tool, and have directly managed cases involving over 3,000 children and young people.

For our colleagues in the NHS, we have stepped up our support to be there when they’ve needed us over the past few months. We worked tirelessly on behalf of the NHS Blood & Transfusion Service in quickly finding nurses for 46 Covid-19 blood plasma clinical trial centres around the UK.

When PPE was at its most scarce at the beginning of the pandemic, we made it our mission to source bundles for PPE for employers who were short of supplies. Crucially, this was without cost.

Commenting on the award-win, James said:

“To be an ethical and trusted partner, every touchpoint we have with our colleagues in health and social care must add value.

“True innovation in highly-regulated environments under the watchful eye of local and national government is not easy. It takes a real sense of bravery and willingness to adapt to new ways of working. That’s why this award is as much a recognition of our clients’ commitment to change as it is ours, which is something we never lose sight of.”

In good company

There were 10 other private sector and community interest companies vying for the Lloyds Bank Positive Social Impact Award, all with a compelling story and mission. We were certainly in good company.
James added:

“The awards prove that there’s an incredible appetite amongst the business community for achieving sustainable social impact through partnership, investment, pro-bono work, or employee-led initiatives.”

A full list of the finalists can be found by visiting the awards website, where Sanctuary is profiled as a 2020 winner!