Managers at an innovative housing and care provider are set to provide an enhanced service to its clients after ‘graduating’ from a nationally recognised development programme.
As a testament to Blackwood’s commitment to provide opportunities for senior staff to improve their personal development, it has partnered with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).
The ILM programme aims to give staff a greater awareness of their role as a leader within Blackwood, as well as see them have an understanding of their own leadership style, develop the ability to align a team, build better relationships, motivate people to achieve their goals and communicate the organisation’s values.
In total, there were five delegates who gained their Level 3 ILM Certificate in Leadership and two who completed the Level 5 Certificate, all of whom passed with flying colours.
Lesley Carnegie is one delegate who reaped the benefits of the programme and recently achieved the Level 5 Certificate in Leadership.
Lesley said: “The ILM programme was a great opportunity for me to learn more about being a good leader and managing a team, and it was particularly good timing as, when I started on the programme, I had only recently moved into a management role.
“The assignments were a lot of hard work but it was interesting to hear about different leadership approaches and to think about how my behaviours fitted in with these.
“It was also fantastic in the end to achieve a recognised qualification and was definitely worth the effort we all put in.”
Edinburgh-based charity, Blackwood, has more than 1500 homes throughout the country making it a leader in helping those who are disabled, elderly or with sensory impairments to live more independently.
As it works in 29 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, it is more widely dispersed than most other care or housing providers and has embraced the challenges of taking housing and care into innovative areas at a time when funding is increasingly limited.
Blackwood is also renowned for constantly pushing the boundaries of technology to allow property adaptations which make a huge difference to people with disabilities