This week The Abbeyfield Society will be celebrating Living Wage Week 2014. As an international housing and care provider for older people, The Abbeyfield Society is the first UK organisation of its kind to pay the Living Wage.
As of 1 April 2014, The Abbeyfield Society have been paying the Living Wage to over one thousand centrally managed employees.
Working for a Living Wage employer enables care workers to see their roles as a career, rather than simply a job.
“As a General Assistant, I used to worry about paying my bills, but since I have been getting paid the Living Wage my anxiety has decreased. I want people to realize that it is important to make your job your own and see what you can give back. I am always willing to learn and I have been on lots of courses and had lots of opportunities at Abbeyfi firstname.lastname@example.org, which has again made me more enthusiastic towards my job.” – Beverly Bassett, General Assistant at The Abbeyfield Society.
Living Wage Foundation Director, Rhys Moore said: “Abbeyfield’s accreditation as a Living Wage employer is a huge step for the care sector. We hope that the leadership they have shown will encourage others in this industry to consider how they support low-paid employees.
“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.”