Family support service receives reaccreditation for national award

20 April 2016

A service that supports families in need has once again received national recognition for its work in Tameside, Greater Manchester.


The Inspire team at Jigsaw Group has been recognised in the Building Stronger Communities category in the 2016 Responsible Business Awards, run by Business in the Community, HRH The Prince of Wales’ Responsible Business Network.


Every year Business in the Community ‘reaccredits’ a number of companies who are able to demonstrate the continual positive impact of a programme that has received an award accolade. Inspire was initially recognised in 2014.


Inspire was set up by New Charter Homes in 2012 to help families deal with a number of issues from anti-social behaviour, crime, unemployment, poor health and low school attendance. It offers a service to people affected by cuts in public funding and aims to help families break cycles by raising their aspirations, community engagement and improving children’s readiness for school.


So far Inspire has supported more than 127 families across Tameside to turn their lives around during the last year. It offers three different support levels which include help for families identified as meeting the Government’s ‘Troubled Families’ criteria, supporting tenants with complex needs outside of this criteria and targeted work in the community to help children aged 4 and under to prepare for school.


The announcement of the 2016 Responsible Business Awards re-accreditations coincides with Responsible Business Week (18-22 April 2016) an annual initiative to increase awareness of the positive contribution of business in society.


Ian Munro, Group Chief Executive for Jigsaw Group comments, ‘As a Housing Association dedicated to provide more than just homes, I feel that the support we provide for families at difficult times can make a real difference to the life chances of young people and is something which I am very proud of.’


Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “We know that every day businesses contribute towards more resilient communities, stimulate local economies, help to create skilled and healthy workforces and tackle environmental challenges. But more companies need to share these ideas and actions to grow the responsible business movement in the UK and abroad – which is why we launched Responsible Business Week.


“The companies recognised in the Responsible Business Awards today, represent the very best of business. Celebrating their stories helps to raise awareness of business as a powerful force for good.”