Law News: Horwich Farrelly Aims for More Inclusive Workforce

Horwich Farrelly, the leading specialist insurance industry law firm which has its head office in Manchester has partnered with Pure Innovations, a Manchester charity that helps people with disabilities or health related issues, find work and live independent lives.

The partnership enjoyed their first great success recently when two young men referred by Pure Innovations earlier this year, Bob O’Brien and Kyle Barber, were offered permanent positions after impressing their new colleagues with their dedication, skills and attitude.

So successful has the scheme been, and so impressed with the pair’s efforts so far, Horwich Farrelly are to offer a further two internships in January 2019.

“We couldn’t have wished for a better start to the Pure Innovations initiative at Horwich Farrelly”, explained Horwich Farrelly Director of People, Liz Partington. “We have all enjoyed working with Bob and Kyle and helping them to get the most out of their time with us. Working closely with Pure Innovations we made sure they had a structured plan when they joined, that they were comfortable in their roles and with their hours. As a result of how good they adapted and become a part of the Horwich Farrelly family, we were delighted they accepted our offers of permanent positions last month and we are looking to extend the scheme to offer two new internships in January.”

Explaining the purpose behind the charity’s mission and how Horwich Farrelly have quickly grown to become an important partner, Danielle Sidderley, Senior Employment Officer at Pure Innovations, said: “Our values and belief is that anybody can work if they are given the right support. That everyone has something of value. It’s all about getting to know the individual and finding out what their skills and aspirations are and how best to support them.

“Horwich Farrelly have quickly become a valuable partner to our supported internship projects. The opportunities that they have given to some of our young people have not only lead to paid employment, but has also increased their confidence, encouraged them to travel independently, improved their social skills and allowed them to make a smooth transition into adulthood.

“The ripple effect and the impact that this partnership has on our young people is immeasurable. It’s not just a job, it’s about changing someone’s life.”

Horwich Farrelly’s Partner and Head of Fraud, Mark Hudson, who was closely involved in the project, added: “After attending Bob and Kyle’s ‘graduation’ – where they received Certificates of Employability from Pure Innovations and had to make what must have been a nerve wracking speech about their journey so far and the issues they have overcome – it was clear to see that this project has helped turn two young lives around.

“The partnership with Pure Innovations has been truly uplifting and I’m proud of the work we have done in achieving this great result. More importantly I am so, so proud of Bob and Kyle and everyone who has helped them. I really look forward to seeing us grow the project and getting more of these truly incredible young people to join our family, to work with us and to live the independent lives that we all too often take for granted.”

For more information on the work Pure Innovations support disadvantaged groups visit: www.pureinnovations.co.uk

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